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A History of Violence -- An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father (Viggo Mortensen) commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
A History of Violence -- A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.
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Writers (WGA):
John Wagner (graphic novel) and
Vince Locke (graphic novel) ...
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30 September 2005 (USA) See more »
Everyone has something to hide. See more »
A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Viggo Mortensen ... Tom Stall

Maria Bello ... Edie Stall

Ed Harris ... Carl Fogarty

William Hurt ... Richie Cusack

Ashton Holmes ... Jack Stall

Peter MacNeill ... Sheriff Sam Carney

Stephen McHattie ... Leland

Greg Bryk ... Billy

Kyle Schmid ... Bobby Singer

Sumela Kay ... Judy Danvers
Gerry Quigley ... Mick
Deborah Drakeford ... Charlotte

Heidi Hayes ... Sarah Stall

Aidan Devine ... Charlie Roarke
Bill MacDonald ... Frank Mulligan
Michelle McCree ... Jenny Wyeth

Ian Matthews ... Ruben
R.D. Reid ... Pat

Morgan Kelly ... Bobby's Buddy
Martha Reilly ... Shoe Saleswoman

Jason Barbeck ... Richie's Thug
Bruce Beaton ... Richie's Thug

Neven Pajkic ... Richie's Thug
Brendan Connor ... Local TV Reporter
Nick Antonacci ... Local TV Reporter
John Watson ... Baseball Coach
Don Allison ... TV Broadcaster
Brittany Payer ... Motel Girl
Mitch Boughs ... Kid in Diner

April Mullen ... Kid in Diner
George King ... Hospital Well-Wisher
Shawn Campbell ... Orderly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Arbuckle ... Jared (uncredited)

Connor Price ... Kid (uncredited)
Evan Rose ... 'Hulk' Boy (uncredited)
Michael Stevens ... Guy on the Street (uncredited)

Directed by
David Cronenberg 
Writing credits
John Wagner (graphic novel) and
Vince Locke (graphic novel)

Josh Olson (screenplay)

Produced by
Kent Alterman .... executive producer
Chris Bender .... producer
Cale Boyter .... executive producer
Josh Braun .... executive producer
Toby Emmerich .... executive producer
Justis Greene .... executive producer
Roger Kass .... executive producer (as Roger E. Kass)
J.C. Spink .... producer
Jake Weiner .... co-producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
Art Direction by
James McAteer 
Set Decoration by
Peter P. Nicolakakos 
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
Makeup Department
Patrick Baxter .... prosthetic lab technician
Stephan Dupuis .... makeup supervisor (as Stéphan Dupuis)
Mary-Lou Green-Benvenuti .... key hair stylist (as Mary Lou Green-Benvenuti)
Christopher Pizzarelli .... key makeup artist
Divyo Rae Putney .... assistant hair stylist (as Divyo Putney)
Dorota Zajac .... assistant makeup artist
Sean Sansom .... special makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Jack Deutchman .... post-production manager
Erik Holmberg .... executive in charge of production
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
Heather Meehan .... unit production manager
Lori A. Waters .... post-production supervisor (as Lori Waters)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tyler Delben .... third assistant director
Aric Dupere .... trainee assistant director
Walter Gasparovic .... first assistant director
Elizabeth Parker .... trainee assistant director (as Elizabeth S.D. 'Duff' Parker)
Jodi A. Tario .... assistant director
Bob Warwick .... second assistant director (as Robert Warwick)
Art Department
John Bannister .... key scenic painter
Deryck Blake .... property master
Daniel William Brown .... carpenter (as Daniel Brown)
Michael Bunt .... carpenter
Malcolm Byard .... lead dresser
Tom S. Campbell .... lead painter (as Tim S. Campbell)
Anthony Codd .... carpenter
James Coppella .... painter
Janet Cormack .... scenic assistant (as Janet L. Cormack)
Neil Crawford .... construction laborer
Joe Curtin .... construction coordinator
Greg DaPrato .... set dresser (as Greg Daprato)
Paul Dzatko .... carpenter
Danielle Fleury .... assistant set decorator
John Flynn .... painter
Brad Francis .... painter
Luke Gibson .... assistant lead painter
Kevin Haeberlin .... lead dresser
J. Ryan Halpenny .... second assistant art director
Scott Howes .... construction laborer
Henry Ilola .... carpenter
Paul Jefferson .... head carpenter
Norman Kelner .... painter
Itsuko Kurono .... art department apprentice
Gordon Lebredt .... set designer
Brian Lumley .... carpenter
Rick Marshall .... carpenter
Charles McGlynn .... assistant property master
Richard McStay .... assistant head carpenter
Michael J. Meade .... property buyer
Jae Pak .... first assistant art director
Thomas Pearce .... second assistant head carpenter
Greg Pelchat .... on-set dresser
Jim Peters .... key greensman
Dusty Reeves .... art department coordinator
Myles Roth .... carpenter
Ken Samaroo .... on-set painter (as Kenneth Samaroo)
Sam Santoro .... key laborer
Werner Schlatter .... painter
Tom Sheehan .... carpenter
Robert S. Smith .... on-set carpenter
Robert H. Steiner .... construction auditor
Derek Stephenson .... painter
Michael Vanderteems .... on-set greens (as Mike Vanderteems)
Gordon White .... set designer
Walter Woloschuk .... lead greensman
John Fraser .... studio backing designer and artist (uncredited)
Matthew Richard Harris .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christian T. Cooke .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christian Cooke)
Glen Gauthier .... sound mixer
Russ Gorsline .... additional adr
Jamie Gould .... sound re-recording assistant
Alastair Gray .... dialogue editor
Wayne Griffin .... supervising sound editor
Matthew Hussey .... first assistant sound editor
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley recording assistant
Matthew McKenzie .... adr mixer
Colin McLellan .... adr mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Michael O'Farrell .... supervising sound editor
Moshe Saadon .... boom operator
Orest Sushko .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Holger M. Thiele .... sound mastering engineer: re-mix & master: credited on new digital master
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Clive Turner .... sound effects editor
Don White .... foley recording mixer
David Yonson .... adr mixer
Mark Zsifkovits .... sound re-recording mixer
Gren-Erich Zwicker .... first assistant sound editor
Rob Bertola .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Daniel Gibson .... special effects set foreman
Gary Kleinsteuber .... special effects rigging foreman
Peter Sissakis .... special effects technician
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects supervisor (as Neil Trifunovich)
Jonathan Gording .... special effects contact lenses (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Barb Benoit .... digital compositor
Dennis Berardi .... visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
Shawney Cohen .... 3D animator (as Sean Cohen)
Rob Del Ciancio .... digital compositor
Bonnie Dickson .... compositing assistant
Mike Diltz .... tape operator
Michael Eaves .... digital intermediate color timer: EFilm
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc
Genevieve Forte .... digital artist
Jason Giberson .... film scanning and recording
Chris Jensen .... digital colorist assist
Jef Lonn .... digital compositor
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects production manager
Lauren Ritchie .... executive in charge of visual effects
Chris Ross .... digital effects scanning
David Singer .... operations manager: Mr. X Inc.
Mark Stepanek .... 3D animator
Aaron Weintraub .... visual effects supervisor
Fiona Campbell Westgate .... visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Darcy Reno .... senior systems administrator (uncredited)
Michael Stewart .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
Mark Tureski .... scanning recording (uncredited)
Chad Camilleri .... stunts (as Chad Camelleri)
Christopher McGuire .... stunts (as Chris McGuire)
Duncan McLeod .... stunt double: William Hurt
Robert C. Shannon .... water safety coordinator
John Stoneham Jr. .... fight coordinator
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Dave Van Zeyl .... stunts
John MacDonald .... stunts (uncredited)
Bryan Thomas .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Alanthwaite .... electrician
Scotty Allan .... chief lighting technician
Allan Angus .... generator operator
Pierre Berube .... best boy rigging electric
Zena Bielewicz .... camera loader
Jonathan Billings .... rigging grip (as Jon Billings)
Sam Bojin .... best boy electric (as Samuel Bojin)
Vincent Borg .... rigging electric
Russel Bowie .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Bernie Branston .... electrician
Carlo Campana .... grip
Alex Dawes .... rigging electric
Tony Eldridge .... electrician
Candide Franklyn .... Steadicam operator
Candide Franklyn .... camera operator: "b" camera
Robert Johnson .... key grip
James Kohne .... grip
Mark Lewandowski .... video playback operator
Alan Millar .... electrician
Anthony Nocera .... digital video assist operator
Marc Purdy .... best boy grip
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Peter Suschitzky .... camera operator: "a" camera
Frank Teunissen .... best boy rigging grip
Jordon Toms .... dolly grip (as Jordan Toms)
Marko Willis .... grip
Jaclyn Young .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mike Harwood .... electrician (uncredited)
Ronald Schlueter .... video assistant: splinter unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mark Bennett .... casting: USA
Luisa Cabbidu .... extras casting coordinator (as Luisa Cabiddu)
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting
Christopher Richards .... casting assistant
Millie Tom .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ciara Brennan .... set costumer
Matthew Campbell .... costume truck supervisor
Patricia Cowmeadow .... set costume supervisor (as Tisha Cowmeadow)
Roland Heizinger .... tailor
Natalie Bronfman .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael Eaves .... digital intermediate color timer (as Mike Eaves)
Bob Fernley .... digital intermediate supervisor
Aaron Marshall .... first assistant editor: film
Ricardo Olivero .... lab color timer
Sandy Pereira .... second assistant film editor (as Sandy M. Pereira)
Martha Pike .... digital intermediate editor
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Emma Sanders .... post-production coordinator
Tad Seaborn .... first assistant editor: avid
S. Scott Farrar .... post production services: New Line Cinema (uncredited)
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Paul Broucek .... executive in charge of music: New Line
Jim Bruening .... score coordinator
Peter Cobbin .... score mixer
Elizabeth Cotnoir .... music production manager
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... music editor (as Jennifer Dunnington)
Karen Elliott .... music supervisor
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Alan Frey .... music production coordinator
Isobel Griffiths .... music contractor
Robin Joseph .... music clearances
John Kurlander .... score recordist
Greg Laporta .... electronic music programmer
Jonathan Schultz .... score editor
Howard Shore .... conductor
Howard Shore .... orchestrator
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs executive
Tim Stritmater .... score technical engineer
Giancarlo Vulcano .... music copyist
Bruce White .... viola
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
Mark Willsher .... score editor
Paul Kegg .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Jesse Pynigar .... music preparation (uncredited)
Toby Wood .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ken Barbet .... transportation captain
John Coles .... driver
Wally Dibacco .... driver (as Walter L. Dibacco)
Lorne Frederick .... driver
Michael Gabourie .... driver
Ray Gabourie .... driver: Ed Harris & William Hurt
Ron Hines .... driver
Glenn Hughes .... picture vehicle captain
Michael K. Jones .... driver: Maria Bello
Lenita Karhunen .... transportation office administrator
Samarroo Llalchan .... driver (as Lalchan Samaroo)
Hugh McCallum .... driver: Viggo Mortensen
Stuart Mitchell .... transportation captain
Don Morley .... driver
Kevin Murphy .... driver (as Kevin L. Murphy)
Frank Norris .... driver
Thomas Osmond .... driver
Bruce Raymer .... driver
Dave Staples .... transportation coordinator (as David Staples)
William L. Tataryn .... directors driver: Peter Suschitzky
Maurice Tremblay .... driver
Ian C. Harris .... daily driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Amanda Alden .... assistant production coordinator
Lynell Bangs .... production accountant
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Debra Beers .... location manager
Jeff Behlendorf .... post-production accountant
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... gun wrangler (as Frenchie Berger)
Darren J. Biro .... location production assistant
Jim Bruening .... picture analysis
Elspeth Cassar .... production coordinator (as Elspeth Haughton)
Milan Chakraborty .... production auditor
Rick Coffee .... first assistant accountant: US
Chris Cozens .... auricle operator
Fernando DaSilva .... assistant location manager
Jon Davidson .... production controller
William Dobson .... set medic
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Neal Flaherty .... assistant: Mr. Bender
Samuel V. Franco .... radio programmer and spots
Robin Greavette .... assistant location manager
Elaine Hughes .... assistant craft service
Ryan Hupponen .... production office assistant
Pino Insegno .... voice dubbing: Viggo Mortensen
Ryan Keaveney .... production office assistant
Alex Kontsalakis .... payroll accountant
Andrew Matthews .... executive in charge of film investment
Jason McLean .... stand-in
Rafal Mickiewicz .... stand-in
Louise Muskala .... assistant: Mr. Greene
John Nelles .... dialogue coach (as John E. Nelles)
Kyle O'Connor .... location production assistant
Andre Paquin .... second assistant accountant (as André Paquin)
Julie Paquin .... first assistant accountant (as Julie C. Paquin)
Paul Prokop .... executive in charge of finance
Joshua Ravetch .... production resources
Jennifer Ricci .... stand-in (as Jen Ricci)
Carolyn Rohaly .... assistant: Mr. Cronenberg
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Steve Sheridan .... trainee assistant accountant
Eric Sherping .... assistant craft service
Claire Smith .... production secretary
Joe Steele .... production resources
Warner Strauss .... assistant location manager
Tim Stritmater .... technical engineer
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot (as David Tommasini)
Debra Weyman .... studio teacher
Josh Wood .... production coordinator
Stephanie Lee Berger .... weapons handler (uncredited)
Rich Bokides .... film runner (uncredited)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Tony Castillo .... on-set caterer (uncredited)
Patricia Cowmeadow .... set supervisor (uncredited)
Wendolyn Deal .... assistant: William Hurt (uncredited)
Wendolyn Deal .... production assistant (uncredited)
Leon Dudevoir .... production executive (uncredited)
John Furniotis .... title designer (uncredited)
Pamela Hackwell .... contact lens technician (uncredited)
R. Emerson John .... replacement script supervisor (uncredited)
Brad Ling .... on-set caterer (uncredited)
John Rakich .... production assistant: Millbrook (uncredited)
K.D. Smith .... post-production accounting assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating on appeal) | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:18 (bw) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Indonesia:Dewasa | Ireland:18 | Israel:16 | Italy:T | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-13 (cut) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #41604)

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Director Trademark: [David Cronenberg] [composer]'Howard Shore' scored the music for the film.See more »
Continuity: While Tom is in the hospital after the shootout at the diner, his wife shows him the front page of the news paper with him on it. Not possible for the newspaper to write/print and deliver the paper that night before his wife makes it to the hospital.See more »
[first lines]
William Orser:So we keep headin' east?
Leland Jones:Yeah, that's the idea.
William Orser:Stay out of the big cities?
Leland Jones:Uh-huh.
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133 out of 185 people found the following review useful.
One of Cronenberg's best and most accessible films, 9 April 2006
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Cronenberg's adaptation of a Wagner and Locke graphic novel places a simple American family man, and his all-American family, into a new and disturbing context which has them questioning everything they think they know. Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) owns a little diner in a small town and has a nice house on the outskirts of town, where he and his wife Edie (Maria Bello) raise their two kids apparently living the American dream in their own way. One day at the diner, two murderers pop by at closing time for some cherry pie, and Tom's heroic defense of his diner, his customers and himself sets off a series of events that threaten his family, his sanity and his life. The eerie tension never lets up in this powerful examination of identity, honesty and violence.

David Cronenberg has directed some of my favorite off-beat films - the masterpiece Naked Lunch, Scanners, Videodrome. I have watched these films many times and I still find them interesting. I can't really call myself a fan, however, because there are also just as many Cronenberg films out there which I found difficult to get through the first time (Crash, eXistenZ, Dead Ringers). Cronenberg enjoys creating disturbing situations and imagery, and wants to get under your skin and to stimulate your mind on as many levels as he can. In most cases, he pulls it off masterfully, but sometimes, his emphasis on the bizarre can come across as pretentious and forced.

Like a lot of very creative and intelligent people, Cronenberg sometimes leaves his signature virtually everywhere in his work. And sometimes, a director needs to make a film which does everything they want to accomplish but leaves off the signature. For example - the brilliant David Lynch showed us his ability to jump out of his own skin with Elephant Man and The Straight Story. These are still very much Lynch films, but they also appeal to the wider audience of mainstream cinema-goers. A History of Violence is, in some ways, Cronenberg's most straightforward film. A key to its success is that it is very easy to forget that you are watching a Cronenberg film, no matter how aware you are of Cronenberg's many quirks, idiosyncrasies and trademarks. It is so masterfully directed that, although the plot is not entirely unpredictable, you are right there in the action with the characters and feeling what they feel so that, though you may know what's next, you never exactly see it coming and you never know how it will take you there.

Viggo Mortensen, in his best mainstream role since Aragorn, and Maria Bello (one of the actors who made The Cooler worth watching), head an impressive cast in this adaptation of a Wagner and Locke graphic novel. Nobody in the cast slips up at all. The script is intense, realistic, and probably did nothing to make the performances easy. The plot, if described without the plot and the context created by the script, would seem somewhat absurd, but like Woody Allen's Match Point, it's absurdity does not make it impossible to believe. Editing, directing and pure performance combine to make flawless performances for this cast. Backed up by veterans Ed Harris and William Hurt, and very strongly supported by the excellent Maria Bello, Mortensen is shockingly excellent in a difficult role. I can't explain why without giving too much of the film away. Although the rest of the cast did exactly as they were supposed to, I want to single out Ashton Holmes - an actor I was completely unfamiliar with but who I will look out for in the future.

I recommend A History of Violence highly. It is one of my top five reasons for considering 2005 to have been a great year in North American film.

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