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by Larry B on 1/12/2008

If you thought the Godfather was violent, watch A History of Violence. This film proves you can never leave your past life from the Mob!

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Canadian director David Cronenberg, whose impressive oeuvre includes such disparate works as THE DEAD ZONE, THE FLY, DEAD RINGERS, M. BUTTERFLY, and SPIDER, has made what might be the best film of his career with A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Loosely based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, the movie stars Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall, a quiet, easygoing family man who runs a diner in a small Indiana town. But when two dangerous criminals come into the restaurant prepared to wreak havoc, Stall turns hero and shoots them both. After Stall's story is blasted all over the media, Philly mobster Carl Fogaty (an excellent Ed Harris) shows up, claiming that Tom is actually former hit man Joey Cusack--and they've got some important business to finish. While Stall insists that Fogaty is mistaken, his family--his wife, Edie (Maria Bello); teenage son, Jack (Ashton Holmes); and young daughter, Sarah (Heidi Hayes)--gets dragged into the danger that constantly threatens to explode. Cronenberg, whose films often deal with the fantastical, the futuristic, and the supernatural, has done a masterly job creating a wholly believable modern world where evil lurks just around the corner. Howard Shore's tense, moody music complements the outstanding acting in a violent, powerful film that is not to be missed.

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Studio New Line
SKU 202139553
UPC 794043100956
UPC 14 00794043100956
Format DVD
Release Date 11/9/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1
Actors
Name Mortensen,Viggo
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Directors
Name David Cronenberg
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Cast & Crew
David Cronenberg - Producer
David Cronenberg - Director
Ed Harris - Actor
Howard Shore - Musical Score
John Wagner - Based On Novel By
Josh Olson - Screenplay
Kent Alterman - Executive Producer
Maria Bello - Actor
Petyer Suchitzky - Cinematographer
Ronald Sanders - Editor
Viggo Mortensen - Actor
Vince Locke - Based On Novel By
William Hurt - Actor
Awards
Nominee (2006) British Academy Awards, Josh Olson, Best Screenplay - Adapted,Oscar, William Hurt, Best Supporting Actor,Oscar, Josh Olson, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Nominee (2005) Cannes Film Festival, David Cronenberg, Golden Palm
Oscar (2006) Josh Olson, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published,William Hurt, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
British Academy Awards (2006) Josh Olson, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Adapted
Cannes Film Festival (2005) David Cronenberg, Nominee, Golden Palm
Reviews
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review A ticking time bomb of a movie, a gripping, incendiary, casually subversive piece of work that marries pulp watchability with larger concerns without skipping a beat.
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Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Film Threat
Review This is definitely not your typical Cronenberg. No matter if you either love his cinematic oddities, or if you're put off by them, watching A History of Violence would prove beneficial. It's no doubt one of the best films of the year.
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Reviewer Michael Ferraro
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Platinum Series, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Audio Commentary, Easter Eggs, Featurettes, Documentary, Deleted Scene, English, Spanish Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ed Harris / Maria Bello / Mortensen,Viggo / Peter MacNeill / Stephen McHattie / Viggo Mortensen / William Hurt
Composer Howard Shore
Director David Cronenberg / Peter Suschitzky
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone It slams you like a body punch and then starts messing with your head.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times A ticking time bomb of a movie!
Ebert & Roeper Two Thumbs Up!
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...without a doubt one of the very best of the year.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times A masterpiece of indirection and pure visceral thrills...
Mike Clark, USA Today ...in the spirit of the hardest-hitting film noir offerings from the '50s, but far more explicit.

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