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Spike Lee's comprehensive film biography of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X is much more than the depiction of a great man's life. It is a film that shows, through the powerful story of one man, a person's ability to reinvent himself and change his life. It is fueled by a towering, charismatic performance by Denzel Washington as Malcolm X Washington had previously played Malcolm in the early 1980s in an off-Broadway play, When the Chickens Come Home To Roost. The film breaks Malcolm X's life down into ...
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Spike Lee's comprehensive film biography of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X is much more than the depiction of a great man's life. It is a film that shows, through the powerful story of one man, a person's ability to reinvent himself and change his life. It is fueled by a towering, charismatic performance by Denzel Washington as Malcolm X Washington had previously played Malcolm in the early 1980s in an off-Broadway play, When the Chickens Come Home To Roost. The film breaks Malcolm X's life down into three acts. The first deals with the troubled childhood of Malcolm Little, whose father is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan and whose mother is institutionalized for insanity. Malcolm grows up and gets a job as a Pullman porter, calling himself Detroit Red. Getting involved with Harlem gangster West Indian Archie Delroy Lindo, Malcolm finds himself in prison. The second section follows his life in prison, where a fellow inmate, Baines Albert Hall, introduces him to the teachings of the Nation of Islam. The third section follows Malcolm's religious conversion as a messianic disciple of the Honorable Elijah Mohammed Al Freeman Jr.. During this fervent immersion into the Nation of Islam, he becomes an incendiary speaker for the movement and marries Betty Shabazz Angela Bassett. Malcolm X preaches a doctrine of hate against the white man, but a pilgrimage to Mecca softens his beliefs and he endeavors to break free of the strict dogma of the Nation of Islam, with tragic results.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Commentary by Spike Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Barry Alexander Brown and Ruth Carter; ; New Documentary: By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X; ; 10 Additional Scenes, Including Introduction by Spike Lee; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Malcolm X is an epic in the truest sense, conveying the life and times of one of the most remarkable men of his era and making clear why he continues to matter. The screenplay (credited to Spike Lee and Arnold Perl) telescopes a tremendous amount of information into 3 hours and 25 minutes without seeming either overstuffed or excessively detailed. Lee's potent and eloquent visual style is used to superb effect, with the invaluable assistance of cinematographer Ernest Dickerson and production designer Wynn P. Thomas. While Lee's sympathies are easy to detect, the film presents Malcolm as a three-dimensional human being whose message was powerful and necessary but often flawed. As the story spans the four decades of Malcolm's life, Denzel Washington captures with equal conviction and accuracy the sullen teenager, the hardened criminal, the fiery activist, and the mature martyr. Terence Blanchard's score, combined with a stack of vintage music from Big Joe Turner and Louis Jordan to Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, is the perfect emotional match for this material. Never afraid to present controversial opinions or take chances, Malcolm X is also a deeply moving biopic that puts a human face on an often misunderstood man.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/2/2010
  • UPC: 883929104772
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen & Full Frame / Repackaged
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:21:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Malcolm X
Spike Lee Shorty
Angela Bassett Betty Shabazz
Al Freeman Jr. Elijah Muhammad
Delroy Lindo West Indian Archie
Albert Hall Baines
Theresa Randle Laura
Kate Vernon Sophia
Lonette McKee Louise Little
Tommy Hollis Earl Little
Bobby Seale 1st Speaker
Al Sharpton 2nd Speaker
Christopher Plummer Chaplain Gill
Karen Allen Miss Dunne
Peter Boyle Captain Green
William Kunstler Judge
Ossie Davis Eulogy Performer
Billy Anagnos
Benjamin Atwell Philbert-Age 1
Marlaine Bass Hilda-Age 8
LaToyah Bigelow Quibillah-Age 3
Terence Blanchard Trumpet Plyer
Natalie Clanton Yvonne-Age 1
Ralph Cooper Radio Announcer
Peter Dunn Philbert-Age 6
Cytia Fontenette Hilda-Age 3
Richard Gordon Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Matthew Harris Malcolm-Age 5
Abdul Kakeem Hijrah Fruits of Islam
Zakee Howze young Malcolm
Javon Jackson Tenor Saxophone Player
Oran "Juice" Jones Hustler
Jean-Claude LaMarre Benjamin 2X
Adam Le Fevre
Keith Lewis
Pee Wee Love Speedy
Delphine T. Mantz
Richard Owens Trombone Player
Tommy Randle
Robi Reed
TaiNesha Scott Elijah Muhammad's Granddaughter
Kristan Rai Segure Saudi
Dion Smack Jr. Reginald-Age 2
Valentino Smith Wilfred-Age 4
Terry Sumter CIA Agent
David Thomas Jr. Wilfred-Age 8
Ali Abdul Wahbah Malcolm's FOI
Wyatt T. Walker Hospital Salesperson
Barbara Smith Customer
Eddie Davis
James McDaniel Brother Earl
Ernest Thomas Sidney
O.L. Duke Pete
Larry McCoy Sammy
Maurice Sneed Cadillac
Debi Mazar Peg
Phyllis Stickney Honey
Scot Anthony Robinson Daniel
James E. Gaines Cholly
Joe Seneca Toomer
La Tanya Richardson Lorraine
Wendell Pierce Ben Thomas
Michael Guess William X
Leland Gantt Wilbur Kinley
Giancarlo Esposito Thomas Hayer
Leonard Thomas Leon Davis
Roger Guenveur Smith Rudy
Craig Wasson TV Host
Graham Brown Dr. Payson
Gerica Cox Eva Marie
Lauren Padick Lisha
Danielle Fletcher Attalah
Robinson Frank Adu Chuck
Aleta Mitchell Sister Robin
Curt Williams Mr. Cooper
John Ottavino Blades
John Reidy Simmons
Frances Foster Woman Outside Audubon Ballroom
Reggie Montgomery Dick Jones
David Patrick Kelly Mr. Ostrowski
Gary L. Catus Doctor
Sharon Washington Augusta
Shirley Stoler Mrs. Swerlin
George Lee Miles Preacher
Raye Dowell Sister Evelyn Williams
Veronica Webb Sister Lucille Rosary
Abdul Salaam El Razaac Fox
Keith Randolph Smith Brother Gene
George Guidall Mrs. Holway
James L. Swain Conductor
Lawrence James Tully
Steve White Brother Johnson
Kyle Smith Roderick
Christopher Rubin Sophia's Husband
Darnell Smith Elijah Muhammad's Grandson
Chelsea Counts Yvonne - Age 6 Months
Jessica Givens Attalah
Jasmine Smith Ilyasah-Age 2 and 3
Sonny Allen Roseland Dancer
Steve Aronson Black Legion Leader
Ashanti
Larry Attile Guard Baines
Gregory Bargeman Elijah Muhammad's FOI
David Berman JFK Reporter
Andre Blair Fruits of Islam
Yvette Brooks Hooker
Cheryl Burr Roseland Dancer
Damon Chandler Customer
Jay Charbonneau Cop at Audobon
Larry Cherry Prison Barber
Monique Cintron Hooker
Rony Clanton Fruits of Islam
Addison Cook Prisoner
Chuck Cooper Customer
Annie Corley TV Reporter
Cliff Cudney Limo Driver
Michael Cullen Desk Sergeant
Vincent D'Onofrio Bill Newman
Christian J. Dacosta Passerby
Matt Dillon DJ at the Harlem "Y" Dance
Simon Do-Ley Son of Elijah Muhammad and Secretary Evelyn Williams
Leslie Dockery Roseland Dancer
Martin Donovan FBI Agent
Columbia DuBose Nellie Connally
Karen Duffy Sophia's Friend
Jodie Farber Jackie Kennedy
Teresa Yvon Farley Young Hooker
William Fichtner Cop at Harlem Station
Clebert Ford Barber
Arthur French Pullman Porter
Kevan Gibbs Malcolm's FOI
Bill Goldberg "John"
Dion Graham Elijah Muhammad's FOI
John Griesemer Guard Wilkins
Ed Herlihy Joe Louis Announcer
Don Hewitt Sr. Black Legion Member
Mike Hodge Follower at Temple #7
Terry Hodges Malcolm's FOI
Miki Howard Billie Holiday
Dana Hubbard Malcolm's FOI
Dyan Humes Maid at Open Air Marker
Tim Hutchinson Fruits of Islam
Fracaswell Hyman Bartender
Michael Imperioli Reporter at Fire Bombing
Kent Jackman Man #2
Stephen James TV Reporter
Robert Jason Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Rion Johnson Shoeshine Boy
Judd Jones Pullman Porter
Jake-ann Jones
Walter Emanuel Jones Barber's Customer
Tim Kelleher Cop at Harlem Station
Brendan Kelly Guard Cone
Wendy King Roseland Dancer
Renton Kirk DJ at the Harlem "Y" Dance
Terry Layman CIA Agent
James MacDonald Lieutenant
Lizbeth MacKay White Woman in Market
Michael C. Mahon Prisoner
Nelson Mandela Soweto Teacher
Greta Martin Roseland Dancer
Jasper McGruder Hotel Clerk
Jack McLaughlin KKK Member
Randy Means Governor Connally
Hazel Medina Cashier Person
Norma Miller Roseland Dancer
Billy Mitchell Man #1
Lex Monson Pullman Porter
Frances Morgan Roseland Dancer
Vincent Moscaritola Prison Guard
Zaahir Muhammad Elijah Muhammad's FOI
James Murtaugh Cop at Harlem Station
Mansoor Najeeullah Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Rome Neal Prisoner
Anthony Nocerino TV Reporter
George T. Odom Barber
Leonard Parker Jason
John Parks Roseland Dancer
Eric Payne Malcolm's FOI
Jonathan Peck Voice Only
Lenore Pemberton Hooker
Joe Pentangelo Mounted Police
Marc Phillips Photographer
Delilah Picart Crowd Member
Fia Porter Coed
George Rafferty Harrington
Michael Ralph Crowd Member
Steve Randazzo TV Reporter
Steve Reed John F. Kennedy
David Reivers Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Eartha Robinson Roseland Dancer
Kevin Rock Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Monty Ross MC-Roseland
George Marshall Ruge Secret Service Man
Larry Rushing Elijah Muhamad's FOI
John Sayles FBI Agent
Richard Schiff JFK Reporter
C.E. Smith Fountain Waiter
Mary Alice Smith School Teacher
Erika Smith-Brown Waitress
Steve Stapenhorst Reporter at Fire Bombing
Lee Summers Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Wendy E. Taylor Numbers Woman
Cynthia Thomas Shorty's Dance Partner
Raymond Anthony Thomas Crowd Member
Grafton Trew Barber
Bahni Turpin Followers at Temple Number 7
Nick Turturro Boston Cop
Showman Uneke Hustler at Grand Central Station
Byron Utley Prisoner
Kiki Della Vecchia Teenage Whore
Preston Vismale Music Assistant
Theara Ward Movie Goer
Lennis Washington Mrs. Johnson
Charles Weldon Follower at Temple #7
Scott Whitehurst Malcolm's FOI
Gareth Williams JFK Reporter
Beatrice Winde Elderly Woman
Janet Zarish TV Reporter
Stewart J. Zully TV Reporter
Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest R. Dickerson Cinematographer
Ted Glass Set Decoration/Design
Preston Holmes Producer
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Jon Kilik Co-producer
Sander Lee Asst. Director, Producer
Arnold Perl Screenwriter
Monty Ross Co-producer
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Tom Warren Art Director
Marvin Worth Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Malcolm X
1. American Nightmare [2:45]
2. Boston: Shorty Treatment [4:22]
3. Early Years [2:54]
4. Dancing Delirium [3:25]
5. Laura and Sophia [4:43]
6. Cops and Robbers [1:22]
7. Sophia's Story [1:56]
8. Save it for Mr. Right [4:31]
9. Riding Rails; Joe Louis [3:40]
10. West Indian Archie [5:25]
11. New Clothes and Lifestyle [4:33]
12. Familiar Face, Unfamiliar Numbers [5:43]
13. Under the Gun [2:27]
14. "I'm a Man" [1:57]
15. "I Was an Animal" [6:00]
16. The Jig is Up [:49]
17. Little's Number [3:42]
18. Meeting Baines [4:37]
19. Black and White [3:12]
20. Behind the Words [6:05]
21. Vision of Elijah Muhammad [3:24]
22. Color of Jesus [5:36]
23. Meeting Elijah [2:05]
24. The Preacher [1:54]
25. Reunions [3:26]
26. Our Women [5:06]
27. One Woman: Betty [4:41]
28. Turnout for Brother Johnson [2:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Malcolm X
   Play Movie
   Scenes 1-28
   Special Features
      Commentary by Spike Lee, Ernest Dickerson, Barry Alexander Brown and Ruth Carter
      By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X
      Additional Scenes with Introductions by Spike Lee
         Introduction by Spike Lee
         Play All
         Malcolm and Shorty watch Cagney and Bogie
         Sophia and Peg Case a House
         The First Colored President of the United States?
         The Evils of Pork
         The Pleasures of an Ice Cream Soda
         Malcolm Teaches Benjamin Discipline
         The Sphinx Nose, the Sphinx Lips
         Malcolm Must Return to America
         A Second Chance to Answer the Question
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English 5.1
         Français (Dubbed in Quebec)
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Have not received item yet, ordered 2 weeks ago. Extremely slow

    Have not received item yet, ordered 2 weeks ago. Extremely slow delivery!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE Movies!!

    This 2 Disc Special Edition is just what I've been waiting for. This is one of Denzel Washingtons best performances and one of the most culturally significant films of the 1990's. The 2nd disc is packed with extras including the original Malcolm X Documentary from the 70's and various behind the scenes featurettes and extras including commentary and interviews with everyone except Denzel Washington (Sadly). This is definitly a Special Edition worth buying even if you already have the original dvd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spike Lee and Denzel Washington at their best!

    Words cannot describe how good this movie really is, and how well it was done. Great movie, it educated me about a man that was rarely understood. Denzel Washington really outdid himself with this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Xcellent

    Great movie about a horrible era in American history. Washington is freaking superb in his role as one of America's great leaders and heroes: Mr. X

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