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American History X (1998)

R | | Drama | 20 November 1998 (USA)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director:

Tony Kaye

Writer:

David McKenna
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Top Rated Movies #39 | Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Norton ... Derek Vinyard
Edward Furlong ... Danny Vinyard
Beverly D'Angelo ... Doris Vinyard
Jennifer Lien ... Davina Vinyard
Ethan Suplee ... Seth Ryan
Fairuza Balk ... Stacey
Avery Brooks ... Dr. Bob Sweeney
Elliott Gould ... Murray
Stacy Keach ... Cameron Alexander
William Russ ... Dennis Vinyard
Guy Torry ... Lamont
Joe Cortese ... Rasmussen
Jason Bose Smith Jason Bose Smith ... Little Henry (as Jason Bose-Smith)
Antonio David Lyons ... Lawrence
Alex Sol ... Mitch McCormick
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Storyline

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother's, Danny Vineyard, narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. Written by Nitesh D.(nmxpa7@msn.com)

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Plot Keywords:

neo nazi | prison | hatred | racism | jail | See All (322) »

Taglines:

Er ist sein bruder. Und sein opfer. (He's his brother. And his victim.) (German DVD) See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Filmed early in 1997. The movie's release was delayed due to post-production and editing conflicts. See more »

Goofs

When Derek comforts Danny in the bathroom after he has been shot, we see a shot of the detective. If you look closely behind him, you can make out the pole of a boom mic. The background is slightly blurry, but it's there. See more »

Quotes

Derek Vinyard: Every night, thousands of these parasites stream across the border like some fuckin' piñata exploded.
[the skinheads laugh]
Derek Vinyard: Don't laugh! There's nothin' funny goin' on here!
[the skinheads immediately quiet down]
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Alternate Versions

The version released with the certificate 'A' (Certificate #CFL/3/81/1999-MUM) in the city of Mumbai, India, the following was deleted:
  • During the sex scene between Derek and Stacey, Stacy's bare breasts were deleted.
  • Every instance of the word 'Motherfucker' was deleted.
  • The closeup of Derek forcing Lawrence to put his mouth on the curb was cut.
  • The nudity was cut and 50% of the rape of Derek was cut.
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Soundtracks

The White Man Marches On
by Johnny Rebel
[To the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic.]
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Controversial, yet very amazing & moving film
19 April 2000 | by dmaul711See all my reviews

When I first heard of "American History X," I thought it was going to be "just another movie." Man, was I wrong! The first time I watched it, I sat there as it ended, and I was just completely in a state of shock. This movie, more than any other movie I had seen on the subject of racism, really made me think twice about how I treated people of a different race. The way that Derek Vinyard's family was almost completely split apart and destroyed due to his racist beliefs should be a wake-up call to those people who have any racist beliefs whatsoever. I believe that this movie was a whole lot more than just a ground-breaking, controversial drama; it was a portrayal of exactly how much damage can be done to a family and a nation simply because of the hate for a person or people of a different color, for almost no reason at all. The Bible says that "God created man in his own image." It also says to, "Love your neighbor as yourself," which, right there, implies that racism is not something people should even consider. I wouldn't recommend that anyone under the age of 16 see this movie due to its graphic content and language; however, I believe that everyone who is over the age of 16, should see this movie at least once. This way, more people will get a chance to see the true consequences of racism, and how it can easily tear apart a family.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$156,076, 1 November 1998

Gross USA:

$6,719,864

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,875,127
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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