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American History X
American History X
Actors: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks, Jennifer Lien
Director: Tony Kaye
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     1999     1hr 59min

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

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Actors: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks, Jennifer Lien
Director: Tony Kaye
Creators: Bill Carraro, Brian Witten, David McKenna, John Morrissey, Jon Hess, Kearie Peak
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Family Life, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/06/1999
Original Release Date: 10/30/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 10/30/1998
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 59min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 25
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE
Reviewed on 8/15/2014...
I used to really like this movie. It's not bad I just couldn't watch a movie that shows how bad and graphic racism is because honestly? It makes me really sad knowing this stuff does happen. The end is the best part, it's sad but I love the message.
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Samantha C. (samantha) from LOUISVILLE, KY
Reviewed on 8/16/2010...
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Nikki H. (Tinyavenger)
Reviewed on 5/28/2010...
This was an amazing movie. Edward Norton has always been a favorite of mine and this movie just reaffirms why. Everything about his performance was amazing. His facial expressions, his body language, the way he spoke..a truly captivating performance. Edward Furlong was suprisingly convincing in his role. This movie brings forth a pwerful message without being preachy which is hard to do. American Histoty X takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and leaves you stunned after it is over. A must-see (and must-keep) movie!
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Greg F. from PACIFIC, MO
Reviewed on 4/27/2010...
Edward Norton puts up a fantastic performance, and Edward Furlong really steps up his game from T2. This movie hits you hard, but its phenomenal through every minute

Movie Reviews

Very good, but no truly new perspectives
Irfan A. Alvi | Towson, MD USA | 05/31/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is generally a very good movie which explores the issue of race relations, primarily revolving around the story of a neo-Nazi group in California. The acting is good overall, the plot is gripping, many of the images are (appropriately) horrifying, and Ed Norton is impressively buff.

The main point the movie illustrates is that, because reality is rich and complex, one can readily sift and bend the evidence in order to construct all sorts of ideologies, including generally racist and specifically neo-Nazi ideologies. A person with a lot of brainpower, but lacking checks and balances, can do this fairly creatively and rigorously, and such a person possessed with rhetorical skill can sell the ideology to more credulous people, especially if they're at an impressionable age or if they're facing tough times and would like to shift blame away from themselves and toward others. If you have any doubt about this, try the experiment of spending a few days forcefully arguing for an ideology which you abhor; you might be surprised by the extent to which you begin to convince even yourself! A related point is that falling in the grip of an ideology fosters a tribal mindset, which can lead to conflict between cultures, nations, classes, religious groups, political parties, "special interests," clans, gangs, and of course races (though race is more a cultural than biological concept). Such conflict can escalate to perpetuated violence ("An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" - Gandhi). Again, all of this is illustrated well by the movie.

My one complaint is that the movie doesn't really show how the main neo-Nazi character breaks free of his ideology and, moreover, his younger brother breaks free almost literally overnight, which strikes me as fairly implausible. Because of this flaw, and because the movie didn't really cover any new ground or offer new perspectives for me (I've thought about this stuff for nearly all of my life), I've deducted one star, but I can still recommend this movie to anyone interested in a vivid depiction of these issues."