A History of Violence

A History of Violence

DVD - 2006
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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?
Publisher: Burbank, California : New Line Home Entertainment, [2006].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780780654099
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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Jan 25, 2018

I expected more.

Nov 20, 2017

Excellent movie by Cronenberg. His best I think. Powerful violent and sexual scenes set the pace. It's dark, nuanced, well acted and a film you never forget.

Jul 10, 2017

A remarkably convincing examination of heroism, hero worship, and the seductive allure of villainy.

Jan 25, 2015

Terrible. Waste of time. You'd think with the cast it would be good, but the story is not creative and with the poor acting of the lesser actors, none of the characters believably develop. Just don't bother.

Jul 15, 2014

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.

btmslt Dec 13, 2013

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

Quimeras Dec 12, 2012

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.

Aug 31, 2012

*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.

Sep 08, 2011

Well-acted movie.

Sep 07, 2011

Fairly entertaining.

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Jan 25, 2018

[Mr. Fogarty holds his gun on Tom asking if he has any last words]

Carl Fogarty: [angry tone] You got anything to say before I blow your brains out, you miserable prick?

Tom Stall: [gruff voice] I should've killed you back in Philly.

Carl Fogarty: [smiles] Yeah, Joey. You should have.

Aug 31, 2012

(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."

Aug 31, 2012

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)

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