Malcolm X

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Overview

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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Overview

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

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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: 4/13/2010
  • UPC: 883929135950
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Full Frame
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,667

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
Miki Howard Billie Holiday
Benjamin Atwell Philbert-Age 1
Marlaine Bass Hilda-Age 8
Mary Alice Smith School Teacher
Robert Jason Elijah Muhammad's FOI
LaToyah Bigelow Quibillah-Age 3
James MacDonald Lieutenant
Giancarlo Esposito Thomas Hayer
Natalie Clanton Yvonne-Age 1
Ralph Cooper Sr. Radio Announcer
Brendan Kelly Guard Cone
Peter Dunn Philbert-Age 6
Teresa Yvon Farley Young Hooker
Cytia Fontenette Hilda-Age 3
Richard Gordon Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Matthew Harris Malcolm-Age 5
Leonard Parker Jason
Abdul Kakeem Hijrah Fruits of Islam
Zakee Howze young Malcolm
Javon Jackson Tenor Saxophone Player
Oran "Juice" Jones Hustler
Jean-Claude LaMarre Benjamin 2X
Pee Wee Love Speedy
Adam Le Fevre
Richard Owens Trombone Player
Keith Lewis
TaiNesha Scott Elijah Muhammad's Granddaughter
Ed Herlihy Joe Louis Announcer
Bill Goldberg "John"
Delphine T. Mantz
David Thomas Jr. Wilfred-Age 8
Tommy Randle
Ali Abdul Wahbah Malcolm's FOI
James McDaniel Brother Earl
Robi Reed
Ernest Thomas Sidney
O.L. Duke Pete
Kristan Rai Segure Saudi
Larry McCoy Sammy
Dion Smack Jr. Reginald-Age 2
Valentino Smith Wilfred-Age 4
Maurice Sneed Cadillac
Debi Mazar Peg
Terry Sumter CIA Agent
Phyllis Stickney Honey
Scot Anthony Robinson Daniel
James E. Gaines Cholly
Wyatt T. Walker Hospital Salesperson
Joe Seneca Toomer
Barbara Smith Customer
Eddie Davis
La Tanya Richardson Lorraine
Wendell Pierce Ben Thomas
Vincent D'Onofrio Bill Newman
William Fichtner Cop at Harlem Station
Michael Imperioli Reporter at Fire Bombing
Michael Guess William X
John Sayles FBI Agent
Leland Gantt Wilbur Kinley
George Rafferty Harrington
Richard Schiff JFK Reporter
Craig Wasson TV Host
Danielle Fletcher Attalah
Frances Foster Woman Outside Audubon Ballroom
Gerica Cox Eva Marie
Sharon Washington Augusta
Leonard Thomas Leon Davis
Roger Guenveur Smith Rudy
John Ottavino Blades
Graham Brown Dr. Payson
John Reidy Simmons
Lauren Padick Lisha
Aleta Mitchell Sister Robin
Robinson Frank Adu Chuck
Ashanti Student in Harlem Classroom (uncredited),
Curt Williams Mr. Cooper
Randy Means Governor Connally
Monty Ross MC-Roseland
Jessica Givens Attalah
Reggie Montgomery Dick Jones
David Patrick Kelly Mr. Ostrowski
Gary L. Catus Doctor
Lawrence James Tully
George Guidall Mrs. Holway
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
Kyle Smith Roderick
James L. Swain Conductor
Showman Uneke Hustler at Grand Central Station
Lennis Washington Mrs. Johnson
Steve White Brother Johnson
Jodie Farber Jackie Kennedy
Nelson Mandela Soweto Teacher
Christopher Rubin Sophia's Husband
Darnell Smith Elijah Muhammad's Grandson
Chelsea Counts Yvonne - Age 6 Months
John Griesemer Guard Wilkins
Columbia DuBose Nellie Connally
Larry Attile Guard Baines
Jasmine Smith Ilyasah-Age 2 and 3
Steve Aronson Black Legion Leader
David Berman JFK Reporter
Andre Blair Fruits of Islam
Yvette Brooks Hooker
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
Christian J. Dacosta Passerby
Simon Do-Ley Son of Elijah Muhammad and Secretary Evelyn Williams
Martin Donovan FBI Agent
Karen Duffy Sophia's Friend
Clebert Ford Barber
Arthur French Pullman Porter
Don Hewitt Sr. Black Legion Member
Mike Hodge Follower at Temple #7
Dyan Humes Maid at Open Air Marker
Tim Hutchinson Fruits of Islam
Fracaswell Hyman Bartender
Stephen James TV Reporter
Rion Johnson Shoeshine Boy
Judd Jones Pullman Porter
Jake-ann Jones
Walter Emanuel Jones Barber's Customer
Tim Kelleher Cop at Harlem Station
Renton Kirk DJ at the Harlem "Y" Dance
Terry Layman CIA Agent
Lizbeth MacKay White Woman in Market
Michael C. Mahon Prisoner
Greta Martin Roseland Dancer
Jasper McGruder Hotel Clerk
Jack McLaughlin KKK Member
Hazel Medina Cashier Person
Billy Mitchell Man #1
Lex Monson Pullman Porter
Vincent Moscaritola Prison Guard
James Murtaugh Cop at Harlem Station
Rome Neal Prisoner
Anthony Nocerino TV Reporter
George T. Odom Barber
Lenore Pemberton Hooker
Joe Pentangelo Mounted Police
Marc Phillips Photographer
Fia Porter Coed
Steve Randazzo TV Reporter
George Marshall Ruge Secret Service Man
C.E. Smith Fountain Waiter
Erika Smith-Brown Waitress
Steve Stapenhorst Reporter at Fire Bombing
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
Byron Utley Prisoner
Kiki Della Vecchia Teenage Whore
Theara Ward Movie Goer
Charles Weldon Follower at Temple #7
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 [2:47]
2. Shorty Treatment [4:22]
3. Early Years [2:54]
4. Dancing Delirium [3:25]
5. Laura and Sophia [4:43]
6. Cops; Death [1:22]
7. Sophia's Story [1:56]
8. Parceled Out [4:31]
9. Rails; Joe Louis [3:40]
10. West Indian Archie [5:25]
11. New Cloths, Lifestyle [4:33]
12. Familiar Face [5:43]
13. Under the gun [2:27]
14. "I'm a Man" [1:57]
15. "I Was An Animal" [6:01]
16. The Jig Is Up [4:32]
17. Little's Number [4:37]
18. Malcolm Meets Baines [3:12]
19. Black and White [6:05]
20. Behind the Words [3:24]
21. Elijah Muhammad [5:36]
22. The Color of Jesus [2:05]
23. Malcolm Meets Elijah [1:54]
24. The Preacher [3:26]
25. Reunions [5:06]
26. Our Women [4:21]
27. One Woman: Betty [3:00]
28. Brother Johnson [5:31]
29. Young Warrior [2:28]
30. The Pure Vessel [2:27]
31. "You're With Me" [2:55]
32. Black Intelligence [5:51]
33. The Media Glare [4:08]
34. Harvard; Explosion [6:30]
35. Possibility of Betrayal [7:30]
36. Baines' Warning [2:16]
37. Shattered Faith [2:34]
38. Assassination [3:47]
39. Marked for Death [2:59]
40. Pilgrimage to Mecca [3:32]
41. Among the Pyramids [6:28]
42. Return Home [3:18]
43. Death Threats [4:14]
44. Assassins [:43]
45. "Peace Be Unto You" [1:25]
46. Death Watch [4:30]
47. February 21, 1965 [3:08]
48. Audubon Ballroom [3:50]
49. The Assassination [4:00]
50. Davis' Eulogy [3:21]
51. "I Am Malcolm X"; Mandela [1:21]
52. End Credits [9:19]
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Disc #1 -- Malcolm X
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Denzel Washington - Malcolm X
         Angela Bassett - Betty Shabazz
         Albert Hall - Baines
         Al Freeman Jr. - Elijah Muhammad
         Delroy Lindo - West Indian Archie
         Screenplay by Arnold Perl and Spike Lee
         Based on the Book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" as Told To Alex Haley
         Produced by Marvin Worth and Spike Lee
         Directed by Spike Lee
      Awards
   Languages
      Soundtracks
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Fran├žais
         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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