A History of Violence

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A History of Violence
Tom is a loving, well-respected family man from a small Indiana town. When two criminals show up at his diner, Tom is forced to take action and thwart the robbery attempt. Suddenly heralded as a local hero who took the courage to stand up to crime, people look up to Tom as a man of high moral regard. But all the media attention attracts the likes of the mob, who show up at Tom's doorstep. Is it a case of mistaken identity or does Tom have a history that no one knows about?

Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : New Line Home Entertainment, ©2006.
Edition: Widescreen format (1.851).
ISBN: 0780654099
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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Jul 15, 2014
  • burmal rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Ed Harris and William Hurt were not believable as gansters. William Hurt came across more as an angry head waiter. The fight scenes were also unbelievable, they would have fit better in an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.

Dec 13, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An engrossing, thrilling feature about trying to become someone else.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

*SPOILER* A concrete role for Viggo -- he's credible as both the humble small-town bumpkin, AND the strong silent type, cold-hearted killer. Ed Harris makes a believable scumbag; William Hurt... I don't know. Great actor, but it just didn't feel right, though. (He seems too nice.) A well paced thriller from Cronenberg. Enjoyed it. FIVE STARS.

Dec 12, 2012
  • Quimeras rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The trailer to “History of Violence” is more exciting that the actual film. Although the beginning is quite promising, it is soon evident that there is no real threat to Viggo Mortensen’s character or his family. No one stands a chance against this professional killer. Thus, there is little thrill in this thriller.

Sep 08, 2011
  • stse88 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well-acted movie.

Sep 07, 2011
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Fairly entertaining.

May 18, 2011
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very good movie. Suspenseful and very graphic when it gets going. Viggo does a great job with the role. I didn't read the graphic novel, but it has to be a very good if the book was like the movie. Check out Viggo and Ed Harris together again in Appaloosa.

Sep 07, 2010
  • Rachelene_Biblio rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Only saw this movie recently with my wife and was impressed by the mastery of Cronenberg as a filmmaker. It's a harsh and hard film, even more so emotionally than in physical violence.

A remarquable piece of filmmaking, but not a feelgood one. If you are having a bad case of the blues, look somewhere else.


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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Richie Cusack: "You always were a problem for me, Joey. When Mom brought you home from the hospital, I tried to strangle you in your crib. I guess all kids try to do that. She caught me... whacked the daylights out of me..." Tom Stall (Joey Cusack): "...I've heard that story..." Richie Cusack: "Well, what do you think? Better late than never?" Tom Stall (Joey Cusack): "Richie... I'm here to make peace. Tell me what I have to do to make things right." Richie Cusack: "You could do something, I guess... You could die, Joey." (Richie's thug Ruben silently pulls a twine garrote out of his sleeve as Richie turns his back on Joey)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(Judy and Jack are smoking a joint in front of the Post Office) Judy Danvers: "So you think this is as good as it gets?" Jack Stall: "For us? Yeah. For now. Eventually, we, uh, we grow up, we get jobs, we have affairs, and we become alcoholics."


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