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A History of Violence [DVD] [2005]

  • SKU: 7633304
  • Release Date: 03/14/2006
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (22 out of 22)

    Special Features


    • Director David Cronenberg commentary
    • "Acts of Violence" documentary- a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes journey on the making of the film
    • Three riveting featurettes:
    • "Violence history:
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    A History of Violence
    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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Viggo Mortensen
      Viggo Mortensen - Tom Stall
    • Maria Bello
      Maria Bello - Edie Stall
    • Ashton Holmes
      Ashton Holmes - Jack Stall
    • William Hurt
      William Hurt - Richie Cusack
    • Stephen McHattie
      Stephen McHattie - Leland Jones



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Cronenberg Delivers Again

      Posted
      Throwdown918

      I'm a big fan of David Cronenbergs films, and this is another good one. You are put into a small town setting with the family man of all family men. Eventually he stops a robbery of his family owned diner, and becomes a local hero. Then more people start showing up that are trying to hurt his family, and especially him. You have to make the decision between if this is his past catching up to him, or a case of mistaken identity. A History of Violence has a great plot twist, and you are not sure of what you think, until the very scene that lets you know you were right, or wrong the entire time. It also plays on the idea of not knowing a person as well as you think you know them. Without ruining two much, A History of Violence was a great movie and a must watch. It is very gory, and contains nudity, but still delivers a great movie with great acting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Sadistic and Original.

      Posted
      arnieb

      This is another great film from Cronenberg who portrays the two sides of the human mind, through a man with a past shrouded in mystery. He shows his caring, fatherly side, but it has a twist. Cronenberg shows that looks can be decieving, and Mortensen does a great job with his character. He decieves us into believing he wouldn't hurt a fly, but as the movie progresses we see his true nature. Cronenberg shows us the bad side of people, and A History Violence is a well thought out film with disturbing, but great scenes that contribute to the films theme. He shows us the violent side of man, that arises from within when we feel threatened and specifically with out paternal instincts. Do not miss out on this great film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hard to Watch

      Posted
      HTowner

      This movie is NOT a remake of "A Long Kiss Goodnight". It is based on a novel of the same name. This movie asks whether we can forget our past and rebuild our lives. What the definition of family is. If there is such a thing as "good" violence. How we define ourselves. This movie is dark, very dark. The film is intentionally gory. There is nudity. The acting is superb. David Cronenberg's direction is excellent. This movie is not for everybody, given the reasons above. Please consider the viewing audience before watching. This is not a family movie and any view with children is probably not a good idea. It is an excellent film with real questions.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Seen it before

      Posted
      Layz

      Hollywood must be having problems with making original movies because with these sequels, and remakes are getting ridiculous. This movie was done before, as a comedy, you remember Gena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson in The Long Kiss Goodnight. Yes this movie is more dramatic with alot killing, but it has the same plot as Long Kiss just with a male twist.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Underrated film

      Posted
      QuidSquid
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      Saw this in theaters and thought it was great, definitely unappreciated for what it is. If you know the director's work you will appreciate this film and know not to expect a blockbuster with tons of special effects. Great acting from everyone and good story. Love the opening single shot of the film especially.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great performances, predictable story

      Posted
      CaptMans
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      This movie was an interesting turn for director David Cronenberg. The performances are amazing, but the story does become very predictable in a bad way. Overall, it's still suspenseful enough to savor the moments of brilliant acting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Viggo Delivers

      Posted
      bwedge26
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      Great crime movie for your collection if your a fan of the genre. Good movie with a few twists to keep you watching although not a cult classic or work of cinematic art definitely worth a buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Virgo mortensen rules!

      Posted
      Raymond
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      This is one of Viggos greatest hit movies thus movie truely us a great crime thriller it has an awesome cast like Maria hello, ed Harris, thus movie is great!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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