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Canadian director David Cronenberg, whose impressive oeuvre includes such disparate works as The Dead Zone, The Fly, Dead Ringers, M. Butterfly, and Spider, has made what might be the best film of his career with A History Of Violence. Loosely based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke, the movie stars Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall, a quiet, easygoing family man who runs a diner in a small Indiana town. But when two dangerous criminals come into the restaurant prepared to wreak havoc, Stall turns hero and shoots them both. After Stall's story is blasted all over the media, Philly mobster Carl Fogaty (an excellent Ed Harris) shows up, claiming that Tom is actually former hit man Joey Cusack and they've got some important business to finish. While Stall insists that Fogaty is mistaken, his family, his wife, Edie (Maria Bello); teenage son, Jack (Ashton Holmes); and young daughter, Sarah (Heidi Hayes), gets dragged into the danger that constantly threatens to explode. Cronenberg, whose films often deal with the fantastical, the futuristic, and the supernatural, has done a masterly job creating a wholly believable modern world where evil lurks just around the corner. Howard Shore's tense, moody music complements the outstanding acting in a violent, powerful film that is not to be missed
Audio commentary from director David Cronenburg
Acts Of Violence: Eight part documentary
Scene 44 with optional commentary from the director
The Unmaking Of Scene 44
Violences History: United States vs. International edition
Too Commercial For Cannes
An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father (Viggo Mortensen) commits a seemingly self-defence murder at his diner.