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A History of Violence

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A History of Violence
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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?
Title: A history of violence
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : New Line Home Entertainment, ©2006.
Edition: Widescreen format (1.851).
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Based on the graphic novel: A history of violence / written by John Wagner & illustrated by Vince Locke.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2005.
Contents: Special features (89 min.) : Optional audio feature commentary by director David Cronenberg ; Acts of violence (66 min. ; making-of featurette); Scene 44 (Deleted scene, with optional commentary by David Cronenberg, ca. 3 min.) ; Unmaking of Scene 44 (ca. 7 min.) ; Violence's history : United States version vs. International version [featurette] (ca. 1 min.); Too commercial for Cannes [featurette] (ca. 9 min.); theatrical trailer (3 min.); DVD-ROM features include the feature film with 'enhanced script-to-screen', allowing viewer to watch the film while viewing the actual script.
Summary: 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?
Audience: MPAA rating R for strong brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use.
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ISBN: 9780780654099
0780654099
Statement of Responsibility: New Line Cinema presents ; a Benderspink production ; in association with Media I! Filmproduktion München GmbH & Co. KG ; a film by David Cronenberg ; produced by Chris Bender, JC Spink ; screenplay by Josh Olson ; directed by David Cronenberg
Credits: Director of photography, Peter Suschitzky ; edited by Ronald Sanders ; music by Howard Shore.
Performers: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Stephen McHattie, Peter MacNeill, Ed Harris.
System Details: DVD ; NTSC, region 1 ; 5.1 Dolby digital or stereo. surround sound ; enhanced for widescreen TVs ; DVD-ROM special features require PC running Windows 98SE or higher, Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, Macromedia Flash 6.0 and an internet connection, a DVD-ROM drive, and software or hardware DVD player ; includes InterActual player software. Not available for Apple Macintosh.
Other Language: In English ; optional English or Spanish subtitles ; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Criminals Drama. Violent crimes Drama. Comic books, strips, etc. Film adaptations. Graphic novels Film adaptations. Mistaken identity Indiana Drama. Heroes Indiana Drama. Restaurateurs Indiana Drama. Locke, Vince. Wagner, John, 1949-
Genre/Form: Films for the hearing impaired.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Feature films.
Suspense films.
Topical Term: Criminals
Violent crimes
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels
Mistaken identity
Heroes
Restaurateurs
Publisher No: N10095
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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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