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Plot, Details & Awards

A History of Violence

Rated R for strong brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use.

R In Theaters 09/23/2005 , 96min.
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Plot & Details

David Cronenberg directed this screen adaptation of a graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke which explores how an act of heroism unexpectedly changes a man's life. Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) lives a quiet life in a small Indiana town, running the local diner with his wife, Edie (Maria Bello), and raising their two children. But the quiet is shattered one day when a pair of criminals on the run from the police walk into his diner just before closing time. After they attack one of the customers and seem ready to kill several of the people inside, Tom jumps to the fore, grabbing a gun from one of the criminals and killing the invaders. Tom is immediately hailed as a hero by his employees and the community at large, but Tom seems less than comfortable with his new notoriety. One day, a man with severe facial scars, Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris), sits down at the counter and begins addressing Tom as Joey, and begins asking him questions about the old days in Philadelphia. While Tom seems puzzled, Carl's actions suggest that the quiet man pouring coffee at the diner may have a dark and violent past he isn't eager to share with others -- as well as some old scores that haven't been settled.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor William Hurt Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Josh Olson Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Josh Olson Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Maria Bello Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Josh Olson Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Maria Bello Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Cannes Film Festival In Competition Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Josh Olson Nominated
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Maria Bello Won
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Director David Cronenberg Won

Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Top Ten Film Won

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