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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Viggo Mortensen
Maria Bello
Ed Harris
William Hurt
Directors
David Cronenberg
Screenwriters
John Wagner
Josh Olson
Running Time
95 minutes

A History Of Violence
Cronenberg's look at family and violence.


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A History Of Violence

Plot
Small-town restaurant owner Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) becomes a local hero when he shoots and kills two hoodlums. But soon after Carl Fogaty (Ed Harris) arrives in town convinced that Tom is a violent gangster with debts to pay back in Philly. Meanwhile the violence begins to engulf the family.


Verdict
Cronenberg’s best for a long time, broad and entertaining enough for those unacquainted with the director’s work, but layered with the themes of infection and mutation that have defined his work.


Reviewed by Adam Smith

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