A History of Violence

New Line Cinema Released 2005




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David Cronenberg

Tom Stall is an average American family man, the owner of Millbrook, Indiana's local diner. Tom is abruptly thrust into the spotlight when he shoots and kills two men who were terrorizing his staff and customers during a robbery. After the story is picked up by the national media, Tom's idyllic life is further interrupted when a mysterious man appears in town. Carl Fogarty is convinced Tom is lying about his identity. In fact, Carl is quite sure that Tom is actually Joey Cusack, a vicious killer who ran with the Irish Mob in Philadelphia. Tom denies these claims and reassures his wife, Edie, that everything is fine. Carl isn't finished with Tom, though, and shows up at Tom's house with a car full of thugs and Joe's son, Jack, as a hostage. The family man once again shows incredible skills with a gun when he shoots and kills the men holding his son. Tom's precision shooting even has Edie questioning the truth. Who is Tom Stall?



Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    A masterpiece of indirection and pure visceral thrills, David Cronenberg's latest mindblower, A History of Violence, is the feel-good, feel-bad movie of the year.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    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.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Lack of depth, complexity or strangeness make this a relatively routine entry for the director.

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    • Production budget -  $32,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $31,504,633 (90th)
      Worldwide Gross - $60,740,827 (85th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $40,105,742
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $77,323,736

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Supporting Actor - William Hurt (Won by George Clooney for Syriana)
      2. Adapted Screenplay

      AFI Awards Wins:
      Movie of the Year

      Saturn Awards Nominations:
      Best Action / Adventure / Thriller Film
      Actor - Viggo Mortensen (won by Christian Bale for Batman Begins)
      Supporting Actor - William Hurt (won by Mickey Rourke for Sin City)

      BAFTA Awards Nominations:
      Adapted Screenplay

      Cannes Film Festival Nominations:
      1. Palme d'Or Award - David Cronenberg (won by Igor Strembitsky for Wayfarers)

      Golden Globe Nominations:
      1. Best Drama
      2. Best Female Dramatic Performance - Maria Bello (won by Felicity Huffman for Transamerica)

    • Filming locations:
      King City, Ontario, Canada
      Millbrook, Ontario, Canada
      Rockwood Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada
      Toronto Film Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
      Tottenham, Ontario, Canada
      Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

    • Production companies:
      Media I!
      Filmproduktion München & Company
      New Line Productions
      Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution (CA distributor)
      Roadshow Entertainment (AU distributor)

    • Taglines:
      1. Everyone has something to hide.
      2. Tom Stall had the perfect life... until he became a hero.

    • Music:
      Life of a Fool
      Written by Paul Burch
      Performed by Paul Burch
      Club Hoppin'
      Written by Michael Foster and Darrell 'Digga' Branch
      Performed by Blinky Blink


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Thrillers, Crime, good vs. evil, nerd fantasy, steamy situations