American History X (1998)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 32

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AKA:
Directed by: Tony Kaye
Starring: Edward Norton (Derek), Edward Furlong (Danny), Avery Brooks (Sweeney), Beverly D’Angelo (Mother), Jennifer Lien (Sister), William Russ (Father), Stacy Keach (Cameron), Fairuza Balk (Stacey), Elliott Gould (Jewish guy)
Country: United States
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:58:51
Genres: Nazism, Racism, Based on a True Story, Rape-Men, Siblings-Family

Plot – Spoilers:
Loosely based on the life of former skinhead Frank Meeink, American History X set in Venice Beach follows Derek and his younger brother Danny as they plunge into Neo-Nazism as a counter to the take-over of their town by other races.

Derek and Danny are smart kids at school but Derek loses his focus in literature after his firefighter dad is shot dead by black drug dealers while on duty. He becomes the protege of Cameron, an older white-supremacist, and creates an organized Neo-Nazi gang that intimidates gangs and people of other colour.

One night, a black gang attempts to break into Derek’s car and he shoots one of them before willfully splitting another’s head on the pavement. For this he gets 3 years jail-time and his time away sees younger brother Danny follow in his wake. Prison also doesn’t go according to Derek’s expectations and beliefs.

Edward Norton as always is fantastic while Edward Furlong reminds us why the Terminator kid was such a fine prospect.

7 thoughts on “American History X (1998)

  • July 6, 2020 at 3:57 pm
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    Love this movie! Excellent!!!

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  • July 27, 2020 at 3:24 pm
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    Most skillfullt crafted, superbly written and Oscar worthy acted WHITE GUILT PROPAGANDA FILM TO HAVE EVER BEEN BIRTHED FROM THE LOINS OF HOKEYWOOD’S CLICHÉ, ULTRA LEFT NARRATIVE! It’s sold most of it’s viewers so well on it’s distortions, half truths and outright intellectual honesty so well that if Goebbels were alive today, it would make his lying, propaganda spewing ass blush with envy! A gut wrenching movie if you appraise unbiased truth over narratives ppl allow themselves to be mired in. Just too damn good to hate and that is what makes it downright dangerous. Lastly, on a personal note, I have had the grave mispleasure of being locked up and it is true that boots and AB’s don’t like each other. If Frank Meeink was hurt by Ab assholes, I’m sorry. But none of those guys are any kind of a close not family anyway. Regular Woods like I was, Skins, and Abs generally tend to avoid one another anyway. A fact I hope that none of you who have never lost your freedom ever become intimately acquainted with!

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  • July 27, 2020 at 3:26 pm
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    *Intellectual dishonesty was what I meant to say…lol

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  • October 18, 2020 at 9:37 am
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    wow, what a fucked up ending

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  • January 18, 2021 at 12:44 am
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    MR BRIMSTONE… I agree with you. I think the movie is BS and the characters almost one dimensional.

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  • January 18, 2021 at 2:35 am
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    one of the best movies of all times for sure.

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  • February 18, 2021 at 7:53 pm
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    Haven’t watched this movie in years, what a great come back

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