A History of Violence

A History of Violence
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Cronenberg
Screenplay byJosh Olson
Based on
Produced byChris Bender
J. C. Spink
StarringViggo Mortensen
Maria Bello
William Hurt
Ed Harris
CinematographyPeter Suschitzky
Edited byRonald Sanders
Music byHoward Shore
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release dates
  • May 16, 2005 (2005-05-16) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • September 23, 2005 (2005-09-23) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$32 million[1]
Box office$61.4 million[1]

A History of Violence is a 2005 American action-thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same title by John Wagner and Vince Locke. The film stars Viggo Mortensen as the owner of a small-town diner who is thrust into the spotlight after confronting two robbers in self-defense, thus changing the lives of him and his family forever.

The film was in the main competition for the 2005 Palme d'Or. The film was put into limited release in the United States on September 23, 2005, and wide release on September 30, 2005.

A History of Violence was praised for its performances and its screenplay, atmosphere, and plot; William Hurt was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, while Olson was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. The Los Angeles Times has called it the last major Hollywood film to be released on VHS.[2] Mortensen himself praised it as "one of the best movies [he's] ever been in, if not the best", also declaring it was a "perfect film noir" or "close to perfect".[3]

  1. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference bom was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "VHS era is winding down". L.A. Times. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Marrakech Fest: Viggo Mortensen Honored, Praises David Cronenberg". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 20, 2014.

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