Overall Rank: 40
Average Rating: 3.2/4
# of Ratings: 1171
Theatrical Release Date: 10/30/1998
Genre: Drama, Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Tony Kaye
Actors: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Ethan Suplee, Avery Brooks, Elliott Gould
Plot: A neo-Nazi is thrown in jail for acting out on his racism. Prison show him another side of race and when he is released he tries to deter his younger brother from following in his footsteps.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/25/2019
You can expect the movie to rebuke the white supremacist views of its characters, but what you won't anticipate is its bluntly raw story and heavy conclusion.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/08/2014
A dark gritty movie that takes risks.
FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 11/21/2012
Edward Nortons best performance and most controversial film. There are tons of message in this movie that speak to people not only when it was made, but still speaks today.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/01/2012
“Hate is baggage.” The story revolves around brothers Derek Vinyard (Norton) and Daniel "Danny" Vinyard (Furlong). Viewing this again after several years of seeing this picture. A powerful realistic film about bad parenting, hatred, racism, society’s indignation's, brotherhood, family and reformation. Probably one of the best prison related flicks produced. Two stories within the story were well presented. Usage of black and white, flashbacks and slow-motion shots were effective. Screenplay was never pretentious with excellent lines: “Then everything gets complicated” – Derek, “Life’s too short to be pissed all the time” – Danny and “Has anything you’ve done made your life better?” – Dr. Sweeney. Norton displays one of his best acting while Furlong a …
Yojimbo - wrote on 12/19/2011
One of the ringleaders of a Nazi skinhead gang is imprisoned for the murder of a black car thief, but whilst cut off from his peers he begins to question all of the principles he has based his life upon. American history X is an extremely powerful examination of racial politics in contemporary America, seen from the standpoint of a High School boy who idolises his older brother, the afore-mentioned skin head. It shows how the seeds of racism can be sown through the seemingly innocuous comments of those who shape our young minds and how charismatic charlatans can exploit the disenfranchised for their own agenda by spouting superficially convincing sounding, pseudo-intellectual bullshit that seems to fill the void of their hope-free, hate fuelled lives. The cast are all extremely …
Moviejunkie - wrote on 09/04/2011
This movie is my favorite Racism based film.
This film clearly shows why racism can spread and why there will never be a cure for it.
Ed Norton is convincing as an ex-skin-head named Derek Vineyard who during his time in prison realizes that the racist propaganda he used to glorify is bullshit, because in prison there are no friends.
Well thats just the beginning of the movie, the rest of the movie is about his younger brother "Danny" played by Eddie Furlong being brain-washed and manipulated by the same propaganda and people that Derek used to follow.
This film is a must watch for everyone in this country. The message is an intense one.
The story is told through Danny via his History Essay Paper he has to turn in (hence the movie's title American History X).
I recommend it …
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