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History of Violence, A

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Intensely suspenseful film about an upstanding family man, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen), who becomes a local hero after he stands up to vicious killers who hold up his diner, but then becomes the target of a threatening underworld kingpin (Ed Harris) who insists Stall had once been a gangster who scarred him years before. Director David Cronenberg's masterfully crafted film, based on a graphic novel, has overtones of those classic Westerns in which the peaceable hero is forced to resort to violence against implacable evil, features first-rate performances (including William Hurt and Ashton Holmes), but despite a redemptive ending, the violence quotient won't be to every taste. Much profanity, rough and crude language, violence with gore, including several murders; two graphic husband-wife sexual encounters, one quite brutal; drug use; and full frontal female and rear male nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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