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A History of Violence

A History of Violence
Theatrical release poster
Film information
NameA History of Violence
Directed byDavid Cronenberg
Produced byChris Bender
J.C. Spink
Toby Emmerich
Kent Alterman
Cale Boyter
Josh Braun
Justis Greene
Roger Kass
StarringViggo Mortensen
Maria Bello
Ed Harris
William Hurt
Music byHoward Shore
CinematographyPeter Suschitzky
Editing byRonald Sanders
StudioNew Line Productions
Media I! Filmproduktion München & Company
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date 
Running time96 minutes
Budget$32 million
Gross revenue$60,740,827

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'A History of Violence' is a 2005 American crime thriller film directed by David Cronenberg, and written by Josh Olson, based on the graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke. The film features Viggo Mortensen as the owner of a diner who is thrust into the spotlight after killing two robbers in self-defense.

The film was put into limited release in the United States on September 23, 2005, and wide-release on September 30, 2005. It has the distinction of being the final major Hollywood motion picture released on VHS.

William Hurt was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, while Josh Olson was nominated for Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

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