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American History X

R| 1 hr. 58 min.

Plot Summary
Living a life marked by violence and racism, neo-Nazi Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) finally goes to prison after killing two black youths who tried to steal his car. Upon his release, Derek vows to change his ways; he hopes to prevent his younger brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), who idolizes Derek, from following in his footsteps. As he struggles with his own deeply ingrained prejudices and watches their mother grow sicker, Derek wonders if his family can overcome a lifetime of hate.

Cast: Edward Norton , Edward Furlong , Fairuza Balk , Beverly D'Angelo , Avery Brooks , Stacy Keach , Jennifer Lien , Elliott Gould

Director: Tony Kaye

Genres: Drama

Distributor: New Line Cinema

American History X (1998)

Release Date: October 30th, 1998|1 hr. 58 min.

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  • February 01, 2014 Raree Whatdoyoucare
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    Excellent - shocking at time but great acting and Edward Norton proved to me in this movie that he can fng act. I am not a racist ************* teach people you are not as great as you think -- we are all alike in some way. Racism and hate is stupid.

  • May 10, 2011 qe00000000090138
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    This movie is really good! I wouldn\'******* it if you are against racism (which I am, by the way, and it was hard to watch at sometimes), but it is a moving, jolting movie. The acting was at times cardboard, but not a lot. That\'s the only reason why I gave it a 4.

  • June 27, 2008 DylanG2020
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    This movie was really good! I wouldn't recomnd watching it if your against Nazis and racism..but it's a really good movie! Edward Norton played a really good role and the ending will shock you, but this movie is worth a watch!

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'American History X': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Controversial Edward Norton Movie

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It's been 15 years since the release of "American History X" (on October 30, 1998), and to this day, the movie stands as a riveting and brutal drama about the persistence of white-supremacist racism i...

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