A History of Violence


A happily married father eliminates two thugs who theaten him in his restaurant one night. This makes him a local hero, but the TV coverage has a downside: a gangster appears, claiming that he and the father have unfinished business from the past. The hero shrugs it off as a case of mistaken identity, but the gangster persists, which sets the scene for desperate action. Who is telling the truth?

94 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Violence).
Crime, Drama, Thriller.

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Credits

Cast
Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes
Director
David Cronenberg
ScreenplayJosh Olsen, from the graphic novels by John Wagner and Vince Locke
MusicHoward Shore
CinematographyPeter Suschitzky
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2005
Produced byNew Line Productions, Inc., Bender-Spink Inc.

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama / Thriller
LanguageFrequently strong
NudityInfrequent, full frontal with no sexual context
SexOne scene of explicit foreplay and one of simulated sex that is prolonged.
ViolenceFrequently intense and bloody scenes
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThe violence is portrayed as a means to an end. It is gratuitous and no justification can be found for it — although may be viewed as self-protection. The past haunts present life and people will always find a way to pretend as if it never existed.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
5
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi
15
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
10
Mail & Guardian
Shaun de Waal
16
The Star
Tanya Farber
14
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
BBC
Matthew Leyland
15
Box Office
Sheri Linden
5
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
18
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson
20
IMDB Staff
Keith Simanton
20
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
15

What the People say

Internet
9326 Netizens
15

Average .. 74%

15




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