A History of Violence
As operators of a small-town diner, Tom Stall and his wife are the picture of normality. But when Tom foils a robbery and becomes a hero in the media, he attracts the wrong kind of attention from mobsters who think he's someone else.
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- David Cronenberg
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 2006 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- 2006 Academy Award®
- Best Supporting Actor nominee: William Hurt
RStrong brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; director's commentary; making-of featurette.
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby True HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; director's commentary; making-of featurettes: Violences History: United States Version vs. International, Too Commercial for Cannes and The Unmaking of Scene 44; trailer.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie is not for kids. It features brutal, deft violence (based on a graphic novel, the film's title is indicative of its focus). It opens with a scene showing dead, bloody bodies (after the murders take place), then shows frequent violent acts, including bone-cracking martial arts, hand-to-hand fighting (one character has his nose pushed through his skull), shooting, knifing, and strangling. It also includes fairly explicit sexual material (including passionate kissing, a cunnilingus scene, and a frankly rough intercourse scene on a stairway). Characters curse frequently, smoke, drink, and do drugs.
- Sexual Content
- Sexual imagery ranges from tender to rough, twice quite explicit.
- The film's title speaks to its concerns, and the fight scenes are rough.
- Gangster talk, frequent uses of "f--k."
- Social Behavior
- Mobsters are brutal, killers ruthless, and even the well intentioned dad has to murder his enemies.
- Not applicable.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Smoking, drinking, some drug use.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it