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Basics Critics:80Viewers:67Rusty:78
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Psychological thrillerSub-Category: Thriller, Psychological thriller, Crime Fiction, DramaMain subject: organized crimeRuntime: 96 - 100 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: Germany, United StatesFilming location: TorontoDirector: David CronenbergScreenwriter: Josh OlsonMusic: Howard ShoreCinematography: Peter SuschitzkyStars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Peter MacNeill, Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk, Kyle Schmid, Gerry Quigley Producer: David Cronenberg, Chris Bender, Toby Emmerich, Kent Alterman, Josh BraunStudio: New Line CinemaAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (William Hurt)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Josh Olson)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

A History of Violence is a 2005 American crime thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name 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 killing two robbers in self-defense, thus forcing him to confront his violent past. 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. William Hurt was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, while Josh Olson was nominated for Academy Award for Best Writing. The Los Angeles Times has called it the last major Hollywood film to be released on VHS.

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