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R| 1 hr. 36 min.

Plot Summary
When a pair of petty criminals attempt to rob his small-town diner, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) quickly and easily kills them both. In the flush of news coverage of Tom's seemingly heroic actions, a threatening stranger named Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris) comes to town, fingering the unassuming family man as long-missing Philadelphia mobster Joey Cusack. To the horror of his wife, Edie (Maria Bello), and teenage son, Jack (Ashton Holmes), Tom finds he must confront his violent past.

Cast: Viggo Mortensen , Maria Bello , William Hurt , Ashton Holmes , Stephen McHattie , Peter MacNeill , Ed Harris , Heidi Hayes

Director: David Cronenberg

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Distributor: New Line Cinema

A History of Violence (2005)

Release Date: September 23rd, 2005|1 hr. 36 min.

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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Other films this year will have to sweat bullets to match the explosive power and subversive wit of David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. It slams you like a body punch and then starts messing with your head. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    But for director David Cronenberg and the commitment of his actors, A History of Violence might have been a cartoony action film. Its origins are in a cartoon, of sorts -- specifically, in a graphic novel, by John Wagner and Vince Locke. show more

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    Mike Clark USA Today

    Violence is in the spirit of the hardest-hitting film noir offerings from the '50s, but far more explicit. It's also in the spirit of the Western. show more

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