History of Violence, A – Filtered

Theatrical Release: September 23, 2005
DVD Release: March 14, 2006
History of Violence, A – Filtered


Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is a family man living a quiet life in the small town of Millbrook. His life consists of running a local diner and supporting his wife, Edie (Maria Bello), and their two children. His American dream is shattered when two evil men attempt to rob his diner and threaten to kill a waitress. In a moment of terror, Tom responds with courageous resolve to take the bad guys out, which he does with shocking and bloody efficiency. He suddenly becomes a local hero. Unfortunately, he also draws attention from Philadelphia mobsters who believe that Tom is actually Joey Cusack, a former Mafia hit man. A trio of mobsters invades Millbrook and terrorizes Tom’s family. One of the mobsters, Carl Fogaty (Ed Harris), asks Tom’s wife why her husband is so good at killing people. Could it be that Tom has a past that he has left behind?

Dove Review

“A History of Violence” was a violent movie with some graphic scenes, such as when a man gets shot and you see it and the bullet hole in his chest. It had a good storyline although it was pretty predictable. Is Tom Stall, who runs the small-town diner, a violent man from the past named Joey? There were a lot of gun shots. Without giving the ending away, the main character undergoes serious changes by film’s end and the family has some serious decisions to make as well. The violence in this film knocks it out of Dove’s approval range.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Married man and woman kiss.
Language: None
Violence: Men shot in chest, man shot in back, some punching, man being choked, blood shown.
Drugs: Boy and girl smoking marijuana, smoking shown.
Nudity: Man and woman in bed together naked, they are covered by blankets but we still know they are nude.
Other: A woman lies for her husband.


Company: New Line Cinema
Producer: Chris Bender
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 94 min.
Reviewer: Hannah Kortz