American History X

American History X

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Director: Tony Kaye

Cast: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk

     
 

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Tony Kaye made his feature directorial debut with this dramatic exploration into the roots of race hatred in America. In a shocking opening scene, teen Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong) races to tell his older brother, neo-Nazi Derek (Edward Norton), about the young blacks breaking into his car in front of the house, whereupon Derek gets his gun and with no forethought… See more details below

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Tony Kaye made his feature directorial debut with this dramatic exploration into the roots of race hatred in America. In a shocking opening scene, teen Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong) races to tell his older brother, neo-Nazi Derek (Edward Norton), about the young blacks breaking into his car in front of the house, whereupon Derek gets his gun and with no forethought shoots the youths in their tracks. Tried and convicted, Derek is sent away for three years in prison, where he acquires a different outlook as he contrasts white-power prisoners with black Lamont (Guy Torry), his prison laundry co-worker and eventual pal. Meanwhile, Danny, with a shaved head and a rebellious attitude, seems destined to follow in his big brother's footsteps. After Danny writes a favorable review of Hitler's Mein Kampf, black high-school principal Sweeney (Avery Brooks) puts Danny in his private "American History X" course and assigns him to do a paper about his older brother, who was a former student of Sweeney's. This serves to introduce flashbacks, with the film backtracking to illustrate Danny's account of Derek's life prior to the night of the shooting. Monochrome sequences of Derek leading a Venice, California gang are intercut with color footage of the mature Derek ending his past neo-Nazi associations and attempting to detour Danny away from the group led by white supremacist, Cameron (Stacy Keach), who once influenced Derek. Director Tony Kaye, with a background in TV commercials and music videos, filmed in L.A. beach communities. Rated R "for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity."

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
UPC:
0794043471537
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Norton Derek Vinyard
Edward Furlong Danny Vinyard
Fairuza Balk Stacey
Beverly D'Angelo Doris Vinyard
Avery Brooks Bob Sweeney
Stacy Keach Cameron Alexander
Jennifer Lien Davina Vinyard
Elliott Gould Murray
William Russ Dennis Vinyard
Ethan Suplee Seth
Joe Cortese Rasmussen
Guy Torry Lamont
Giuseppe Andrews Jason
Antonio David Lyons Lawrence
Keram Malicki-Sanchez Chris
Jordan Marder Curtis
Nicholas R. Oleson Huge Aryan
Anne Lambton Cassandra
Alex Sol Mitch McCormick
Paul Le Mat McMahon

Technical Credits
Tony Kaye Director,Cinematographer
James Kyler Black Art Director
Bill Carraro Executive Producer
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Anne Dudley Score Composer
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Doug Hall Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Heim Editor
Jon D. Hess Co-producer
Valerie McCaffrey Casting
David McKenna Co-producer,Screenwriter
John Morrissey Producer
John Morrissey Producer
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Olexiewicz Art Director
Kearie Peak Executive Producer
Tessa Posnansky Set Decoration/Design
Jon Gary Steele Production Designer
Steve Tisch Executive Producer
Lawrence Turman Executive Producer
Brian Witten Executive Producer

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