American History X

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Additional scenes; Theatrical trailer (in High Definition)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • UPC: 794043128172
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 26,217

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    The most incredible movie made. It completely shocked me, but at

    The most incredible movie made. It completely shocked me, but at the same time was intrigued. I really never expected the series of event it just really made me think. Unfortunately life and people are really like this and uneducated I thank God I am open minded and it just goes to show that some people may be terrible but don't judge all for their actions! Give people of all race, creed and religion a chance before you miss out on incredible people! My fiance is in prison right now and never expected my life would go this way, but everything happens for a reason and I wouldn't change a thing! I love him and he has made some incredible friends and he has taught me so much. It is only to each his own for those who have no ability to be one for all and all for one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Just like there are two sides to every story this film has a few sides as well. Some people enjoy this film for bringing the issues to light and trying to deal with them. Others enjoy the films message about change and over coming a particular life style. The last and ugliest of all views is people who take this movie as truth. It is sad to say that those people are still living among us today and a re-education of what is right is the only way to correct that behavior. There will always violance in our society because that is human nature but I would love for the violance to be over things of value and not physical apperance or skin color. Edward Norton showed this entire hot button conflict in one performance and it was beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    i thought this movie was great from begining to end. It tells how even today how strong people feel about blacks, hispanics, and asians.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vitriolic

    This by far the most stinging indictment of racism in our culture today. Nonetheless, it shows that our racial conflicts today involves everybody and nobody is totally innocent. Although very violent, it makes its point in contemporary America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    These are not the droids you are looking for.....

    Films about social issues are usually either really good or really bad. Great directors can lead you to a certain conclusion about the issue without explicitly telling you what to think. When you are told what to believe, then the director has thrown objectivity out the window and started lecturing. A good director should be able to tell a story about racists impartially, and the viewer will draw his own conclusion that it's bad. The audience is usually already predisposed to that point of view. But Tony Kaye either doesn't trust your intelligence or his own abilities, so he inserts a series of long, preachy monologues to make sure he has convinced you. Problem is.. when you go this route, all notions of drama are out the window and you have a sermon. Whatever his reasons, it makes a really bad film. Even if you can get past the fact that you are being lectured rather than entertained, it's still hard to swallow the fact that American History X is a bad movie. For instance, the actors in this film are utterly hollow. Are we to believe that anyone with an I.Q. above 60 is subject to the simple persuasion we see here? There are several scenes where someone suggests to the main characters that "racism is the root of all your problems". Without blinking an eye, they blankly respond by saying, "Yeah, that makes sense to me." COME ON PEOPLE!! Take Edward Furlong's character for instance. The last time I saw such a simpleminded dunce who was this susceptible to the power of suggestion, it was that stormtrooper in Star Wars - "These are not the droids you are looking for" - "Duh, Ok.. Move along. Move along." This insults the audience's intelligence. If a person's sense of prejudice was this easy to sway, then we could eradicate racism altogether. In reality, we know the roots of racism are much deeper than this. Rent this film only if you have the intelligence of Furlong's character and you need further convincing that racism is a bad thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Violent and disturbing, yet meaningful

    This is a film of extremely intense and disturbing violence, yet the message it contains is one that grows more and more important every day. This is a movie that will change your life if you pay attention and watch it with sincerity and thoughtfullness. Edward Norton gives an unforgettable perfomance as a sinister and evil skinhead. This is one of the most important movies of our time and should be viewed by everyone who can handle the brutal violence, rivaled only by films like elephant and saving private ryan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    provactive chick flick

    This movie is profound and really gets you to think. I used to be on the fence about whether or not I should be racist. But after this movie I think I am safely on the side of non-racists. Also wasn't Norton really buff and awesome looking in this film. I like a man with tats even if they aren't 'PC'. Watch this movie and be entertained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerful Film

    Never saw such a wonderful movie that portrayed such powerful truths. Ed Norton is FABULOUS in this role. Has a striking message, but a very haunting story...I was so moved by this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST OF THE BEST

    I saw this movie about a year or two ago, and ever since, it has been my FAVORITE MOVIE. Few films have the ability to leave a lasting impression a viewer but this is one of those films. Not only does it teach such an important lesson, it does not fail to go into detail and show things that make you think twice about taking certain actions/saying certain things. Overall this is the type of movie that teaches a life lesson, and earns a permanent position on all of your 'best' lists. WATCH IT...you won't regret doing so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TRUE

    Best flim ever shows how racism can work and if u turn ur back on wat u truely belive it haunts you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    The first time I saw this movie, my friend and I were spending the night at her Grandma's house and it was like midnight when the movie came on TV. We watched the whole thing w/baited interest. The next Monday at school, we asked all of our friends if they had seen it, and they all said yes. We thought we were seeing a movie that nobody else had, but we were wrong. I'm really glad I saw it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A spine tingling portrayal of the RACISM in our back yards

    Wow! I wish I would have seen it earlier. The most amazing story that has been unraveled about our nations racism. One of those films that jumps out of no where and makes you think of what really goes on in America. A must see and a must buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GOOd Movie

    Very good, Edward Norton sholud've won best actor. Also has a good lesson/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must see!

    American History X is an extremely well casted well played out movie that many will be captivated by, and want to see several times...as did I.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is incredible

    This movie is so awesome, do NOT give up on it after 20 minutes because it will leave a white supremacy bad after taste in your mouth, this movie does not support white supremacy...stick with it and you'll see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Lesson

    This movie gives the viewer an inside look on how racism can ruin someones life, as well as his family's lives. It also shows how racism is wrong, and that it needs to be ended, otherwise there will never be love between people. An awsome performance by Ed Norton and Ed Furlong. Highly recommended, but not quite suitable for kids under 17. A lot of profanity, rape, and other disturbing images. However, these images need to be shown, otherwise the truth and reality will neer be known, and that may lead to more hatred. Great movie that teaches a great life lesson. Never saw such a great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!

    Dude- this was like the best movie ive seen in a long time i saw half of it one night and the next day i was itching to see the rest of it,Edward furlong tells the story great, and edward norton is awesome too. though i dont recommend it to familys cuz of all the profanitys, and racist slurrs and crapp it is one of the best movies I've ever seen!! You should see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Truth Be told!

    Edward Norton and Edward Furlong deliver great acting performances. Being able to display the past of racism is remarkable and letting everybody, race, etc. see what White's, Blacks, Hispanic's, Asian's had to go through then and now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mind Numbing Truth

    This movie is amazing, Edward Norton and Edward Furlong make this story so incredible. The truth of this movie is so shocking and mind blowing. This is definitely my new favorite movie. I am speechless from this movie, it's something I can't stop thinking about. Definitely a must-see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My new favorite Movie

    Just saw it 3 months ago and im still thinking of it. Why? Because the power and truth this film has ...wow ...edward norton is probably the most powerful actor of the new age ...and if you have seen his other movies, you know exactly what im trying to say

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