When a pair of petty criminals attempt to rob his small-town diner, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) quickly and easily kills them both. In the flush of news coverage of Tom’s seemingly heroic actions, a threatening stranger named Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris) comes to town, fingering the unassuming family man as long-missing Philadelphia mobster Joey Cusack. To the horror of his wife, Edie (Maria Bello), and teenage son, Jack (Ashton Holmes), Tom finds he must confront his violent past.
Directed by David Cronenberg
Based on the “A History of Violence” graphic novel created by John Wagner and Vince Locke and published by Paradox Press/Vertigo.
Restricted for strong language and some sexual content
Critics Average Score - 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
A History of Violence raises compelling and thoughtful questions about the nature of violence, while representing a return to form for director David Cronenberg in one of his more uncharacteristic pieces.
A History of Violence was released on September 30, 2005 and spent a total of twenty weeks (140 days) in theaters.
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A New Line Cinema presentation of a Benderspink production.
Viggo Mortensen was born October 20, 1958 in Manhattan, New York. He is known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), Eastern Promises (2007) and The Road (2009).
Maria Bello was born April 18, 1967 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. She is known for her roles in Prisoners (2013), Thank You for Smoking (2005) and Payback (1999).
William Hurt was born March 20, 1950 in Washington, DC. He is known for his roles in Into the Wild (2007), Dark City (1998) and The Incredible Hulk (2008).
Ashton Holmes was born February 17, 1978 in Albany, New York. He is known for his roles in Wind Chill (2007), The Divide (2011) and Smart People (2008).
Stephen McHattie was born February 3, 1947 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is known for his roles in Watchmen (2009), A History of Violence (2005) and The Fountain (2006).
Peter MacNeill was born in New Brunswick, Canada. He is known for his roles in Open Range (2003), Frequency (2000) and the Call Me Fitz t(TV series).
Ed Harris was November 28, 1950 in Tenafly, New York. He is known for his roles in A Beautiful Mind (2001), Gravity (2013) and The Abyss (1989).