Talk:A History of Violence

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References to use[edit]

Please add to the list references that can be used for the film article.
  • Booker, M. Keith (2007). "A History of Violence". May Contain Graphic Material: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Film. Praeger. ISBN 0275993868. 

film noir[edit]

maybe someone could point out the relationship to "film noir"

Your opinion[edit]

Did anyone else thing this movie was an absolute joke, and that the nationwide praise for it is some sort of prank on the American movie viewing public?

If anyone actually reads this, I'd be happy to list some of the reasons why I thought this movie was so incredibly bad.

This movie has a very large following, but the common response to criticism of it is "You just didn't get it," and that aspects that are usually hallmarks of poor cinema (stilted dialogue, stereotyped characters) found in the film are actually intensional for artistic reasons. I think a brief analysis of how fans are reading the movie would be interesting.209.11.161.235 18:37, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

Although this is not the place to write a review of the film, I've always felt there was something off about the film - I hope someone familiar with the graphic novels and the film can shed some light on whether what appears to be bad elements of film on the surface are intentional and in some vein related to the graphic novel. I "just didn't get it" and I also don't get why there's no explanation for what seems an obvious handicap of the movie. Ranieldule 16:57, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
I have just watched the film, and didn't see this. Stilted dialogue ? Where ? Stereotypes - yes, but that may have been an attempt to give the film a mythic feel. -- Beardo 14:44, 16 July 2006 (UTC)
Did anyone notice the name of the villian Harris plays: Carl Fogarty? How could that name in a film be taken seriously in the UK given that the real Carl Fogarty is actually a 4 time World Superbike motorcycle champion. A bit of oversight would have helped, or even, foregoing the changing of the characters name, from the graphic novel, in the first place. --Rastapopolis 15 January 2007.
Neither Carl nor Fogarty are uncommon names - I am sure there are other people with that name around. -- Beardo 04:59, 2 May 2007 (UTC)
What's really interesting here is that in Cronenberg's 'The Fly', Veronica Quaife becomes pregnant by Seth Brundle, and in the Fly II gives birth to main character 'Martin Brundle', namesake of the British F1 driver and commentator. There you go another link between Cronenberg and a British motor sports competitor. 82.70.155.252 (talk) 15:18, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Reminder: This talk page is for discussing how to improve this article. --Mrwojo 03:26, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

Get some analysis of the two sex scenes into the film if you want to make it better. The first a highly voyeuristic scene involving a fantasy about an encounter that might have occurred if they'd met as teenagers, and the second a demonstration of Joey's technique of rough sex. Gomez2002 (talk) 15:23, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Tom/Joey: In this family, people don't solve their problems with their hands!
Jack: That's right, they just shoot people!
*Tom slaps Jack*
That's wonderful haha! Mallerd (talk) 22:00, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

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Son had father's instinctive ability to act[edit]

This is out of Ebert's review of the movie, and it is a fact that needs inclusion. Stillstudying 18:16, 12 July 2007 (UTC)

DurinsBane87 evidently did not read the review by Ebert, or he would have known everything you put in was either said by Ebert, or quoted from Cronenberg. Finishedwithschool 16:48, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

There was no reference to Ebert in the line i reverted. it was added later. And unless it was changed since the last tme I checked, it still hasn't been referenced properly. DurinsBane87 17:00, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Greetings DurinsBane87 - I looked at this article after reading about this issue on Stillstudying 's talk page. It appears to me that the article now clearly credits Ebert's article for the theory on Tom's son having inherited his propensity for swift and merciless violence. Having seen the movie, (and having been quite interested in it) I had followed Cronenberg's Darwinian theory, and I think that was pretty well mapped out in Ebert's article, and Still has done a decent job of crediting Ebert and Cronenberg. However, if you feel it needs more sourcing, feel free to link to the Ebert review on every sentence, since every one in that section is taken - and quoted where appropriate - out of Ebert's review. I do agree with you it is essential to source this thoroughly to avoid even the appearance of OR. old windy bear 14:14, 15 July 2007 (UTC)

"Quiz" section.[edit]

I'm going to remove this little bit as it's completely pointless. It only contains one piece of trivia (that this was the last film to be released on VHS in the US), which was already mentioned in the introduction anyway.

MrTrent9484 (talk) 00:53, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

Why is this film so over the top rated???[edit]

I mean what so special with this film really? Former mafia gangster kills 2 guys now the gang is out for payback! (Yes Ed Harris we know you are evil when you showed your face/eye on screen! James Bond cartoon gangsters?) Hardly original! If you want a film to talk about try DEATH WISH w. Charles Bronson, now that was something else. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.150.23.66 (talk) 17:22, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

You....belong on the IMDb forum. Then again, they don't have that anymore, thank god! Alialiac (talk) 14:44, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: page moved. Arbitrarily0 (talk) 20:33, 29 July 2011 (UTC)


A History of Violence (film)A History of Violence – It is a primary topic judging by page views in comparison to the novel and album. That Ole Cheesy Dude (Talk to the hand!) 00:04, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

  • [1] (film). [2] (book moved page).
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Could I remind people that when you do move a page like this that you update the incoming links or you effectively orphan the moved the article. I've fixed the main ones but there might be more. (Emperor (talk) 01:54, 25 August 2011 (UTC))

Link deleted for actor[edit]

Not a major edit; I've removed the link for Ian Matthews as it linked to a musician who is definitely not the Ian Matthews of the cast. That is all.70.72.85.7 (talk) 04:52, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

The eyes[edit]

I cant believe that there is no mention of the exchange of looks at the end of the final scene. For me it is the most important part of the final scene. There is the acceptance by the children of their father followed by an exchange of looks between the husband and wife, with the final expression of the husband being an ambiguous one that could be interpreted a couple of ways; as either pain at his wifes look or pained relief at it. I say this considering the scene after the "cheerleader" sex scene where the husband explains he knew his wife loved him simply from her eyes. I'd put something in myself but I guess it qualifies as "original research" and so unencyclopedic unless there are other web or written references to it and I cant find any. But I mention it anyway in case anyone else has any or if there are other thoughts on that specific exchange.... beardybloke (talk) 11:07, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

Nah, the look means "Ima kill you bitch this dinner tastes like shit." Alialiac (talk) 14:35, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

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