A History of Violence Movie Review 2005

Information and Film Reviews for A History of Violence the Movie

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Unassuming small-town diner owner and family man Tom Stall foils a robbery, killing the hold-up men, and becomes a hero. This new status brings the unwanted attention of a trio of men who claim to be from Tom's past. And a very violent past it turns out to be. Cronenberg, with the exceptional help of a great cast, deftly and cleverly plays with the notion of identity and reality, while he takes a jab at the audience's knowledge of and expectations for action movies and their conventions. It's all very cool and engrossing, but he makes you squirm a little for enjoying the ride.


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Available on DVD
Running time 96 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Adapted from Comics, Crime Drama, Organized Crime, Not-So-True Identity, Small-Town Sheriffs, Family Drama, Philadelphia
Josh Olson
Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, Stephen McHattie, Peter MacNeill, Ed Harris, Ashton Holmes, Heidi Hayes
Peter Suschitzsky
David Cronenberg
Howard Shore
Glen Gauthier, Ronald Sanders, James McAteer, Denise Cronenberg, Carol Spier
Chris Bender, JC Spink, Benderspink, New Line Cinema


L.A. Film Critics 2005: Support. Actor (Hurt); N.Y. Film Critics 2005: Support. Actor (Hurt), Support. Actress (Bello); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2005: Director (Cronenberg), Support. Actor (Harris).

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