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A history of violence - Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Maria Bello, William Hurt, David Cronenberg

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Movie propaganda

Tom Stall had the perfect life... until he became a hero.

A stylised thriller from director David Cronenberg, A history of violence examines how far a man is willing to go in his quest for redemption and to protect his family. Viggo Mortensen stars as Tom Stall, a man who leads a quiet, charmed life with his loving wife and family in a small town. But when an unexpected incident turns bloody and brings unwanted attention to him, Tom is forced to return to his secret past in order to rescue his family from peril.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film thriller shooting family witness protection

Persons of interest

  • Viggo Mortensen .... Tom Stall
  • Maria Bello .... Edie Stall
  • Ed Harris .... Carl Fogaty
  • William Hurt .... Richie Cusack
  • Ashton Holmes .... Jack Stall
  • Steve Arbuckle .... Jared
  • Sumela Kay .... Judy
  • April Mullen .... Lisa
  • Kyle Schmid .... Bobby Jordan
  • John Wagner .... Author
  • Vince Locke .... Graphic novel Artist
  • Josh Olson .... Screenwriter
  • David Cronenberg .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

A history of violence is a thinking-person's film. If you go for the ultra-realistic violence and sex you won't be disappointed but there's so much more sex and violence waiting in your head if you've just got the spare neurons to run the programs. Viggo Mortensen is good. Ashton Holmes (as Virgo's son Jared) is a find.

Great twist.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong realistic violence, strong sex scenes)

Surveillance time

95 minutes (1:35 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 9 March 2006

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