A History of Violence
This is much better than a sword...
A happily married father eliminates two thugs who theaten him in his restaurant one night. This makes him a local hero, but the TV coverage has a downside: a gangster appears, claiming that he and the father have unfinished business from the past. The hero shrugs it off as a case of mistaken identity, but the gangster persists, which sets the scene for desperate action. Who is telling the truth?
94 minutes, No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Violence)
Crime, Drama, Thriller.
Where's it showing?
Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes
|Screenplay||Josh Olsen, from the graphic novels by John Wagner and Vince Locke|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS|
|Produced by||New Line Productions, Inc., Bender-Spink Inc.|
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|FPB Report (SA)|
|Genre||Drama / Thriller|
|Nudity||Infrequent, full frontal with no sexual context|
|Sex||One scene of explicit foreplay and one of simulated sex that is prolonged.|
|Violence||Frequently intense and bloody scenes|
|Comments||The violence is portrayed as a means to an end. It is gratuitous and no justification can be found for it — although may be viewed as self-protection. The past haunts present life and people will always find a way to pretend as if it never existed.|
|These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.|
|ScreenIt Report (USA)|
|Sex / Nudity||Violence||Blood / Gore / Gross||Guns /|
|Alcohol / Drugs||Smoking||Disrespectful /|
|Imitative Behaviour||Frightening /|
|Jump Scenes||Tense Family Scenes||Music (Scary/Tense)||Music (Inappropriate)||Topics to talk about|
|South African Media|
|Die BurgerPaul Boekkooi||15|
|Cape TimesKenneth Turan||10|
|Mail & GuardianShaun de Waal||16|
|The StarTanya Farber||14|
|Sunday TimesBarry Ronge||15|
|BBC (UK)Matthew Leyland ||15|
|Box Office (USA)Sheri Linden ||5|
|Chicago Sunday TimesRoger Ebert||18|
|eye Weekly (Canada)Jason Anderson||20|
|IMDB StaffKeith Simanton||20|
|ReelViews (USA)James Berardinelli||15|
|Average .. 74%||15|
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