American History X

American History X

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Average of 3891 ratings: 4.0 Stars

1998 M Contains violence, offensive language, sex scenes.

Some Legacies Must End.

Derek Vinyard wasn't born a racist, but he learnt quickly how to become one. Seeking retribution for his father's murder and burning for a way to vent his rage, Derek (Oscar nominee, Edward Norton) turned into the charismatic skinhead leader of a local white power movement. From theft and assault, Derek's violent actions escalated into all-out war, culminating in the brutal murder of two teenagers. In his eyes, race-hate justice has been dealt. Now after three years in prison, everyone awaits Derek's return; his gang; his violent girlfriend - and his greatest fan, his brother, Danny (Edward Furlong). But what they are about to encounter is a man who no longer views hatred as a badge of honour. Ashamed of his past, Derek is in a race to save Danny and his family from the violence he's brought down upon them.

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119 minutes
New Line Cinema
Fatso Top 100
Rated #24 out of Fatso's Top 100

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Screen Format
1.85:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded

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1080p High Definition Widescreen 16x9 1.85:1
English, Spanish
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

31 Member Reviews Write a review

5 by jlpetterson

Brutal. Provocative. Chilling. Terrifying. Words such as these flow through the viewer's head as they watch Norton's portrayal of a reformed white supremacist (the black and white flashbacks are the... Read more

4 by jillsim

Excellent movie though disterbing veiw of the rac ist culture that still exists today .

2 by Iamthelizardqueen.

Hm yes, not... bad, but the problem with racial supremacists is that they tend to be as retarded as their worldviews, and thus very dull. Ever been dazzled by a skinhead's sizzling rhetoric or magnetic personality? Me either! Yawn.

4 by Lethal1

I thought this was a good movie. Considering this could have degenerated into nothing but violence and no story, this actually did concentrate on the story and the message. Not a heavyweight, but good all the same.

0.5 by CiderJack

After watching this all the way through, I found this a complete & utter waste of time. Preachy, dull, predictable and oh-so-patronizing. Racism is a scourge we absolutely need to eliminate, but wow... Read more

2 by Tubbs

Preachy. Give it a miss if you are not a Norton fan - possibly his best role and performance.

2.5 by Katty

Not sure about this one - a bit predictable - and not all that believable as not so sure skinheads actually ever grow up.

4.5 by Lilac

A very compelling story. If only 'racism' wasn't a word.

5 by mumasuze

Fantastic movie -one you MUST watch before you die. Although it's violent and at times hard to watch because of that, it is compelling, raw and very real.

The relationship Derek forms with Lamont... Read more

4.5 by NathanaelB

Really enjoyed it, as far as one can enjoy a film that touches on racial prejudice, violence, suggestible youths, prison and trying to do right in an evil world.