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A History of Violence [Final Cut] [Blu-ray] [2005]

Release Date:02/10/2009
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (24 out of 24)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by director David Cronenberg
    • Acts of Violence minidocumentary gallery
    • 3 featurettes: Violence's History: United States vs. International Version, Too Commercial For Cannes, the Unmaking of Scene 44
    • Deleted scene: scene 44
    • Theatrical trailer


    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

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