A History of Violence

A History of Violence

Une Histoire De Violence

DVD - 2006
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A small-town diner owner finds himself a local hero after he successfully takes down two thugs during an attempted robbery. But his sudden celebrity draws unwanted attention from the outside world, including mobsters who insist that he is intricately tied to their past.
Publisher: Montreal : Alliance Atlantis, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
Branch Call Number: HIS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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TheSandoz
Jul 10, 2017

A remarkably convincing examination of heroism, hero worship, and the seductive allure of villainy.

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Rachels_FYI
Jan 25, 2015

Terrible. Waste of time. You'd think with the cast it would be good, but the story is not creative and with the poor acting of the lesser actors, none of the characters believably develop. Just don't bother.

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burmal
Jul 15, 2014

Ed Harris and William Hurt were not believable as gansters. William Hurt came across more as an angry head waiter. The fight scenes were also unbelievable, they would have fit better in an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.

btmslt Dec 13, 2013

An engrossing, thrilling feature about trying to become someone else.

Quimeras Dec 12, 2012

The trailer to “History of Violence” is more exciting that the actual film. Although the beginning is quite promising, it is soon evident that there is no real threat to Viggo Mortensen’s character or his family. No one stands a chance against this professional killer. Thus, there is little thrill in this thriller.

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Monolith
Aug 31, 2012

*SPOILER* A concrete role for Viggo -- he's credible as both the humble small-town bumpkin, AND the strong silent type, cold-hearted killer. Ed Harris makes a believable scumbag; William Hurt... I don't know. Great actor, but it just didn't feel right, though. (He seems too nice.) A well paced thriller from Cronenberg. Enjoyed it. FIVE STARS.

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stse88
Sep 08, 2011

Well-acted movie.

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tj_is_cool
Sep 07, 2011

Fairly entertaining.

lasertravis May 18, 2011

This is a very good movie. Suspenseful and very graphic when it gets going. Viggo does a great job with the role. I didn't read the graphic novel, but it has to be a very good if the book was like the movie. Check out Viggo and Ed Harris together again in Appaloosa.

Rachelene Sep 07, 2010

Only saw this movie recently with my wife and was impressed by the mastery of Cronenberg as a filmmaker. It's a harsh and hard film, even more so emotionally than in physical violence.

A remarquable piece of filmmaking, but not a feelgood one. If you are having a bad case of the blues, look somewhere else.

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Monolith
Aug 31, 2012

(Judy and Jack are smoking a joint in front of the Post Office) Judy Danvers: "So you think this is as good as it gets?" Jack Stall: "For us? Yeah. For now. Eventually, we, uh, we grow up, we get jobs, we have affairs, and we become alcoholics."

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Monolith
Aug 31, 2012

Richie Cusack: "You always were a problem for me, Joey. When Mom brought you home from the hospital, I tried to strangle you in your crib. I guess all kids try to do that. She caught me... whacked the daylights out of me..." Tom Stall (Joey Cusack): "...I've heard that story..." Richie Cusack: "Well, what do you think? Better late than never?" Tom Stall (Joey Cusack): "Richie... I'm here to make peace. Tell me what I have to do to make things right." Richie Cusack: "You could do something, I guess... You could die, Joey." (Richie's thug Ruben silently pulls a twine garrote out of his sleeve as Richie turns his back on Joey)

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