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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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A History Of Violence (2005)

A History Of Violence (2005)

The siblings: ‘Tom Stall’ / Joey Cusack (Viggo Mortensen) and Richie Cusack (William Hurt)

What puts them at odds? Years before, Joey’s penchant for violence left his brother Richie in hot water with the mob in Philadelphia – but Joey vanished. When Richie rediscovers him, he’s still holding a grudge.

It’s one thing to renounce violence, change your identity and go into hiding. It’s quite another to renounce family, and it turns out here that Joey Cusack’s brother took it rather personally when his troublemaking family member disappeared. The usually rather cuddly Hurt gives a chillingly vicious turn here as Richie, the brother who was left behind and who saw his own Mob career suffer following his brother’s actions. Violence clearly runs in this family, and the extent of Richie’s grudge makes it clear to Tom/Joey that only one sibling is likely to walk out of the room alive. It’s like Thunderdome for brothers.

Which sibling is your favourite?

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