A History of Violence (2005)

R   |    |  Drama, Thriller

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A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.

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  • David Cronenberg in A History of Violence (2005)
  • Ed Harris in A History of Violence (2005)
  • David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen in A History of Violence (2005)
  • Maria Bello in A History of Violence (2005)
  • Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello in A History of Violence (2005)
  • Maria Bello in A History of Violence (2005)

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Did You Know?


The mobsters were originally supposed to be Italian, but after the casting of Ed Harris and William Hurt, David Cronenberg decided to change the mob to Irish, giving Viggo's character the Irish surname Cusack. He felt that Mortensen, Harris, and Hurt wouldn't make convincing Italians.


William Orser: So we keep headin' east?
Leland Jones: Yeah, that's the idea.
William Orser: Stay out of the big cities?
Leland Jones: Uh-huh.
William Orser: I think I'm tired.
Leland Jones: Yeah. Me, too.


When Sam the Sheriff comes to the house for the second time (after the second batch of killings), he parks diagonally at the beginning of the driveway, essentially blocking the entrance to the driveway. He and Tom/Joey go into the house to talk, and while they are talking, Edie pulls into the garage, parks and comes into the house. She could not have pulled into the garage with the Sheriff's car blocking the driveway.

Alternate Versions

There are some minute differences between the US and the International version when it comes to some of the violent scenes:

  • Fogarty's thug, who gets his nose smashed into his skull has more blood spurt out in the International version in the shot where he is dying on the ground.
  • When Joey stomps on Richie's thug's throat, he spits blood (instead of it 'welling up') and the sound effect of the neck breaking is louder. Both shots last the same length of time and use the same take, the amount of blood was simply toned down digitally for the MPAA. Most video versions outside the U.S. use the 'international version' but the shots appear in the supplements on the U.S. DVD (In the featurette titled 'Violence's History', Cronenberg shows the U.S. and international cut scenes side by side and explains the reason why there wasn't a standard 'unrated' version in the U.S. was because the changes were so small).


Club Hoppin'
Written by Michael Foster and Darrell 'Digga' Branch
Performed by Blinky Blink
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group


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