Malcolm X

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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

Commentary by Spike Lee, Director of Photography Ernest Dickerson, Editor Barry Alexander Brown and Costume Designer Ruth Carter; ; Deleted Scenes with introduction by Spike Lee; Featurette By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X; 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: 1/31/2012
  • UPC: 883929141111
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 4:53:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 25,360

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
Robinson Frank Adu Chuck
Sonny Allen Roseland Dancer
Billy Anagnos
Steve Aronson Black Legion Leader
Larry Attile Guard Baines
Benjamin Atwell Philbert-Age 1
Gregory Bargeman Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Marlaine Bass Hilda-Age 8
David Berman JFK Reporter
LaToyah Bigelow Quibillah-Age 3
Andre Blair Fruits of Islam
Terence Blanchard Trumpet Plyer
Yvette Brooks Hooker
Graham Brown Dr. Payson
Cheryl Burr Roseland Dancer
Gary L. Catus Doctor
Damon Chandler Customer
Jay Charbonneau Cop at Audobon
Larry Cherry Prison Barber
Monique Cintron Hooker
Natalie Clanton Yvonne-Age 1
Rony Clanton Fruits of Islam
Addison Cook Prisoner
Ralph Cooper Radio Announcer
Chuck Cooper Customer
Annie Corley TV Reporter
Chelsea Counts Yvonne - Age 6 Months
Gerica Cox Eva Marie
Cliff Cudney Limo Driver
Michael Cullen Desk Sergeant
Vincent D'Onofrio Bill Newman
Christian J. Dacosta Passerby
Eddie Davis
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
Raye Dowell Sister Evelyn Williams
Columbia DuBose Nellie Connally
Karen Duffy Sophia's Friend
O.L. Duke Pete
Peter Dunn Philbert-Age 6
Giancarlo Esposito Thomas Hayer
Jodie Farber Jackie Kennedy
Teresa Yvon Farley Young Hooker
Adam Le Fevre
William Fichtner Cop at Harlem Station
Danielle Fletcher Attalah
Cytia Fontenette Hilda-Age 3
Clebert Ford Barber
Frances Foster Woman Outside Audubon Ballroom
Arthur French Pullman Porter
James E. Gaines Cholly
Leland Gantt Wilbur Kinley
Kevan Gibbs Malcolm's FOI
Jessica Givens Attalah
Bill Goldberg "John"
Richard Gordon Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Dion Graham Elijah Muhammad's FOI
John Griesemer Guard Wilkins
Michael Guess William X
George Guidall Mrs. Holway
Matthew Harris Malcolm-Age 5
Ed Herlihy Joe Louis Announcer
Don Hewitt Sr. Black Legion Member
Abdul Kakeem Hijrah Fruits of Islam
Mike Hodge Follower at Temple #7
Terry Hodges Malcolm's FOI
Miki Howard Billie Holiday
Zakee Howze young Malcolm
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
Javon Jackson Tenor Saxophone Player
Lawrence James Tully
Stephen James TV Reporter
Robert Jason Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Rion Johnson Shoeshine Boy
Oran "Juice" Jones Hustler
Judd Jones Pullman Porter
Jake-ann Jones
Walter Emanuel Jones Barber's Customer
Tim Kelleher Cop at Harlem Station
Brendan Kelly Guard Cone
David Patrick Kelly Mr. Ostrowski
Wendy King Roseland Dancer
Renton Kirk DJ at the Harlem "Y" Dance
Jean-Claude LaMarre Benjamin 2X
Terry Layman CIA Agent
Keith Lewis
Pee Wee Love Speedy
James MacDonald Lieutenant
Lizbeth MacKay White Woman in Market
Michael C. Mahon Prisoner
Nelson Mandela Soweto Teacher
Delphine T. Mantz
Greta Martin Roseland Dancer
Debi Mazar Peg
Larry McCoy Sammy
James McDaniel Brother Earl
Jasper McGruder Hotel Clerk
Jack McLaughlin KKK Member
Randy Means Governor Connally
Hazel Medina Cashier Person
George Lee Miles Preacher
Norma Miller Roseland Dancer
Aleta Mitchell Sister Robin
Billy Mitchell Man #1
Lex Monson Pullman Porter
Reggie Montgomery Dick Jones
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
John Ottavino Blades
Richard Owens Trombone Player
Lauren Padick Lisha
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
Wendell Pierce Ben Thomas
Fia Porter Coed
George Rafferty Harrington
Michael Ralph Crowd Member
Steve Randazzo TV Reporter
Tommy Randle
Abdul Salaam El Razaac Fox
Steve Reed John F. Kennedy
Robi Reed
John Reidy Simmons
David Reivers Elijah Muhammad's FOI
La Tanya Richardson Lorraine
Scot Anthony Robinson Daniel
Eartha Robinson Roseland Dancer
Kevin Rock Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Monty Ross MC-Roseland
Christopher Rubin Sophia's Husband
George Marshall Ruge Secret Service Man
Larry Rushing Elijah Muhamad's FOI
John Sayles FBI Agent
Richard Schiff JFK Reporter
TaiNesha Scott Elijah Muhammad's Granddaughter
Kristan Rai Segure Saudi
Joe Seneca Toomer
Dion Smack Jr. Reginald-Age 2
Darnell Smith Elijah Muhammad's Grandson
C.E. Smith Fountain Waiter
Jasmine Smith Ilyasah-Age 2 and 3
Kyle Smith Roderick
Mary Alice Smith School Teacher
Roger Guenveur Smith Rudy
Valentino Smith Wilfred-Age 4
Barbara Smith Customer
Keith Randolph Smith Brother Gene
Erika Smith-Brown Waitress
Maurice Sneed Cadillac
Steve Stapenhorst Reporter at Fire Bombing
Phyllis Stickney Honey
Shirley Stoler Mrs. Swerlin
Lee Summers Elijah Muhammad's FOI
Terry Sumter CIA Agent
James L. Swain Conductor
Wendy E. Taylor Numbers Woman
Cynthia Thomas Shorty's Dance Partner
David Thomas Jr. Wilfred-Age 8
Ernest Thomas Sidney
Leonard Thomas Leon Davis
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
Ali Abdul Wahbah Malcolm's FOI
Wyatt T. Walker Hospital Salesperson
Theara Ward Movie Goer
Lennis Washington Mrs. Johnson
Sharon Washington Augusta
Craig Wasson TV Host
Veronica Webb Sister Lucille Rosary
Charles Weldon Follower at Temple #7
Steve White Brother Johnson
Scott Whitehurst Malcolm's FOI
Gareth Williams JFK Reporter
Curt Williams Mr. Cooper
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
Chuck Jeffries 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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Disc #1 -- Malcolm X (Bonus Disc)
   Malcolm X (1972 Documentary)
      Spoken Languages
         English (for the Hearing Impaired)
         Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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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


    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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