David Cronenberg is best known for his horror films like THE FLY and VIDEODROME. Of late he has been moving into more dramatic territory with films like SPIDER. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE is his most mainstream film and probably his best film thus far.
Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen, LORD OF THE RINGS) is a family man who owns a diner in a small Mid-Western town. One day, gun-totting bad guys come to the diner looking to rob it. We already know they’re cold-blooded killers. Soon enough Tom has disarmed and killed the men, becoming a reluctant hero to his town. He is also a hero to his loving wife Edie (Maria Bello, THE COOLER) and his son Jack (Ashton Holmes, TV’s ONE LIFE TO LIVE), who is picked on by the jocks at school. The media attention given to Tom then brings new bad men to town. Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris, APOLLO 13) is a gangster from Philly who believes Tom is not the person he says he is.