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A History of Violence Details

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David Cronenberg directed this screen adaptation of a graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke which explores how an act of heroism unexpectedly changes a man's life. Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) lives a quiet life in a small Indiana town, running the local diner with his wife, Edie (Maria Bello), and raising their two children. But the quiet is shattered one day when a pair of criminals on the run from the police walk into his diner just before closing time. After they attack one of the customers and seem ready to kill several of the people inside, Tom jumps to the fore, grabbing a gun from one of the criminals and killing the invaders. Tom is immediately hailed as a hero by his employees and the community at large, but Tom seems less than comfortable with his new notoriety. One day, a man with severe facial scars, Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris), sits down at the counter and begins addressing Tom as Joey, and begins asking him questions about the old days in Philadelphia. While Tom seems puzzled, Carl's actions suggest that the quiet man pouring coffee at the diner may have a dark and violent past he isn't eager to share with others -- as well as some old scores that haven't been settled. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 23, 2005

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Online Film Critics Association Ronald Sanders Best Editing 2005 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association William Hurt Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle William Hurt Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
Online Film Critics Association William Hurt Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Hurt Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association David Cronenberg Best Director 2005 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association David Cronenberg Best Director (Runner-up) 2005 Winner
National Society of Film Critics David Cronenberg Best Director 2005 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association David Cronenberg Best Director 2005 Winner
London Film Critics Association David Cronenberg Best Director 2005 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association David Cronenberg Best Director 2005 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Ed Harris Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
Online Film Critics Association Maria Bello Best Supporting Actress 2005 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Maria Bello Best Supporting Actress 2005 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Maria Bello Best Supporting Actress 2005 Winner
London Film Critics Association Maria Bello Best Actress 2005 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Maria Bello Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Maria Bello Best Supporting Actress 2005 Nominee
Kansas City Film Critics Association Maria Bello Best Supporting Actress 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Viggo Mortensen Best Actor 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Josh Olson Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Josh Olson Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Josh Olson Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Josh Olson Best Adapted Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Josh Olson Best Screenplay 2005 Nominee

Cast

Viggo Mortensen
as Tom Stall
Maria Bello
as Edie Stall
Ashton Holmes
as Jack Stall
William Hurt
as Richie Cusack
Stephen McHattie
as Leland Jones
Peter MacNeill
as Sheriff Sam Carney
Ed Harris
as Carl Fogarty
Heidi Hayes
as Sarah Stall
Greg Bryk
as William "Billy" Orser

Crew

David Cronenberg
Director
J.C. Spink
Producer
Chris Bender
Producer
Vince Locke
Book Author
Josh Olson
Screenwriter
Peter Suschitzky
Cinematographer
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Ronald Sanders
Editor
Carol Spier
Production Designer
James McAteer
Art Director
Jane Weiner
Co-producer
Justis Greene
Executive Producer
Josh Braun
Executive Producer
Denise Cronenberg
Costume Designer
Peter P. Nicolakakos
Set Decorator
Glen Gauthier
Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Gasparovic
First Assistant Director
Wayne Griffin
Sound Mixer
Michael O'Farrell
Sound Mixer
Dierdre Bowen
Casting
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