• A History of Violence (2005)

A History of Violence

Release Date: September 30th, 2005

DVD Release Date: March 14th, 2006

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: Thriller , Drama

Production Co: Benderspink

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Murder, Daughter, Transformation, Brother, Wife, Son, 2000s, Small town, Revenge, Husband, Family

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling 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

  • 100
    Mike ClarkUSA 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

  • 80
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    Clever and fast-paced thriller. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)