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
Filmed early in 1997. The movie's release was delayed due to post-production and editing conflicts. See more »
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 »
Every night, thousands of these parasites stream across the border like some fuckin' piñata exploded.
[the skinheads laugh]
Don't laugh! There's nothin' funny goin' on here!
[the skinheads immediately quiet down]
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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.
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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