American History X

American History X

DVD - 1998
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Derek Vinyard, the charismatic leader of a group of young white supremacists, lands in prison for a brutal, hate-driven murder. Upon his release, ashamed of his past and pledging to reform, Derek realizes he must save his younger brother, Danny, from a similar fate. A groundbreaking controversial drama about the tragic consequences of racism in a family.
Publisher: [S.l.] : New Line Home Video, c1998
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780780625624
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 10, 2016

This is a powerful movie about American racism. The movie is set in California, not the south. This is a hard hitting movie. It doesn't pull any punches. I highly recommend it.

Jun 26, 2015

Puts some nice perspectives on the underlying bitterness that often envelops people who feel that perhaps others are to blame for their own personal problems in life. Edward Norton does a fantastically plausible job in the lead role.

Jun 24, 2015

Tony Kaye’s unsettling look at the evolution of hate features a stellar cast, an unflinching script, and enough point/counterpoint arguments to fuel a dozen heated discussions outside the theatre. No one is born prejudiced and through a series of clever B&W flashbacks we see how Derek’s emotional vulnerability following the senseless murder of his father (a man with definite opinions of his own) left him wide open to the kind of racist rhetoric that appears to offer easy explanations to a young man filled with rage and grief. But far from one-sided, Kaye examines the race divide from both sides showing those small transgressions and deliberate misunderstandings that inevitably lead to greater tragedies. Perhaps he relies a bit too much on images of slo-mo seagulls, ebbing tides, and cascades of cleansing water (another shower anyone?) and those soaring choral pieces while deeply moving do get heavy-handed at times, but there is still an unshakeable ardor to Kaye’s film (even though he eventually gave up on the project) which manages to weather most of its Hollywood embellishments. Too bad he felt the need for those terribly schmaltzy final scenes.

Jun 16, 2014

A good movie with substance behind the violence, but the soundtrack is a bit schmaltzy and annoying at times.

JAMESG Aug 18, 2013

Second time viewing.

May 18, 2012

I am offended by the description you have put for this movie and I find it to be racist to all white, hairless men.

Jul 08, 2011

A great film .... but *SPOILER* with a slightly confusing to the point of hypocritical conclusion. But still worth the watch.

Dec 15, 2010

Riveting movie with some disturbing content that makes the movie what it is....Awesome.

Oct 28, 2007

One of the best performance on screen... Ed Norton as he's about to be apprehended by the police. Disturbing how much emotion he conveys without saying a word.


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