• American History X (1998)

American History X

Release Date: October 30th, 1998

DVD Release Date: April 6th, 1999

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

Director: Tony Kaye

Genres: Drama

Production Co: New Line Cinema, Turman-Morrissey Company

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Emotional, Brother, Transformation, Gritty, Police officer, 1990s, Rivalry, Prison, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A series of well-drawn sketches and powerful scenes, in search of an organizing principle. show more

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    A shockingly powerful screed against racism that also manages to be so well performed and directed that it is entertaining as well. [30 October 1998, Friday, p.A]

  • 75
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    Unflinching in its depiction of racism, anti-Semitism, violence and jailhouse politics. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Actor in a Leading Role