A History of Violence

A History of Violence

  • R
  • 2005
  • 96 min
  • USA, Germany
  • drama, thriller

Tom Stall, a diner owner, becomes a local hero after he foils an attempted robbery. When he tries to return to normalcy, Carl Fogarty, a gangster, alleges that Tom has wronged him.

Director: David Cronenberg

Screenwriter: Josh Olson

Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt

A History of Violence raises compelling and thoughtful questions about the nature of violence, while representing a return to form for director David Cronenberg in one of his more uncharacteristic pieces.


  • David Cronenberg
    David Cronenberg

    David Paul Cronenberg, OC, FRSC (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or venereal horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people's fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical. In the first...

Main Cast


Producer: Chris Bender, J.C. Spink

Editor: Ronald Sanders

Casting: Deirdre Bowen

Director Of Photography: Peter Suschitzky

Original Music Composer: Howard Shore

Costume Design: Denise Cronenberg

Executive Producer: Kent Alterman, Cale Boyter, Josh Braun, Toby Emmerich, Justis Greene, Roger Kass

Production Design: Carol Spier


Tagline: Everyone has something to hide.

Genres: drama, thriller

Certificate: R

Categories: dark past, irish mafia, mobster, self-defense, redemption, secret identity, double life, dual identity, small town, indiana, distrust, fight, marriage, family relationships, violence, attempted robbery, ex convict, gangster, irish mob


Year: 2005

Runtime: 96 min

Country: USA, Germany, Canada

Language: English

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS


  • David Denby (New Yorker)

    Cronenberg's direction, mirroring the split in Tom, is alternately measured and frighteningly explosive, and, as always, he gives the movie a nasty underlay of sexual perversity.

  • Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal)

    This peculiarly predictable picture has been calculated, or miscalculated, to set up certain expectations, fulfill them, and then do the same thing again, thereby giving us a chance to see what's coming and, at least in theory, be shocked. Full Review ...

  • Christy Lemire (Associated Press)

    The less you know about this movie before seeing it -- and you really should see it -- the better.