American History X (1998)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 60

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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.

23 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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    • April 18, 2021 at 4:01 pm
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      SHUT THE FUCK UP RETARD.

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      • April 20, 2021 at 6:49 am
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        LOL… Brilliant retort. I’ll bet you it took you half the day to come up with it, huh?

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    • April 20, 2021 at 6:45 am
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      Been there, done that for a hard 7. The AB was slim on my yard(s). No skinheads at all, but lots of good unaffiliated wood. Long motorsickle hoodlums, which is what I was. But here in Az, it’s La eMe all the way. They be running things and that’s okay. They keep things tight and respectful, and every summer when it’s 108 degrees and tempers are flaring it’s all about the esses and the woods partnering up to beat down the toads – hard. Every muther fuckin’ year…

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      • April 21, 2021 at 12:20 am
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        hey doc, just saw your comment on the recents and i was wondering if your name has always been missing a “c” or am i mandela effecting that it was lecter? or it’s just a typo ahehe

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        • April 21, 2021 at 10:02 am
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          Good catch. It’s a typo… and if you comment more than once, it automatically fills in the name and email addy.

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    • April 21, 2021 at 12:26 am
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      agreed, i think films like this definitely contribute to giving skinheads as a whole a bad name, among other things of course. damn shame.

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      • April 21, 2021 at 1:21 am
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        Skins don’t have a bad name.. they are a sub set of punk rock from the 80’s. Neo Nazi wannabe’s that emulated and stole the culture have the issue. They tried to go to war with the punkers in the UK and claim the culture and breed like flies on shit and spread their hatred. Punkers and real skins hate them equally. They beat them down wherever they encountered them. Then the Neo Nazi fags found sympathy with other Racists around the world and in America and formed the Aryan Brotherhood and other fringe groups.. Don’t claim the Skin Head movement please!

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        • April 21, 2021 at 4:51 am
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          i am literally agreeing with you?? i am simply saying that mainstream media tends to group the ab with skins and pushes that narrative. to a lot of uninformed people when they hear skinhead they think nazi because of those lies.

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        • April 21, 2021 at 10:05 am
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          You don’t know anything about the AB… who were around long before skinheads.

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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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    • March 16, 2021 at 10:42 am
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      And then there is the most disgusting part of the movie toward the end where the skinhead’s dad, a man who lost his life in the line of duty as a Fireman, is made out to be the big bad bigot that warped his son…Talk about fucking victim blaming!

      If ever you want 100% proof that skins are fucking idiots, just talk to one about this film…it rips everything about their retarded ideology to pieces but they still fucking love it!

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      • April 20, 2021 at 6:51 am
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        The thing about the skinheads is they all just want to be a part of something…. because, for the most part, they’re the biggest bunch of losers you’ll ever meet.

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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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  • March 17, 2021 at 9:24 pm
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    film obviously touched a nerve – see comments above

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  • April 22, 2021 at 5:27 am
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    Love this movie so much! Hatred never wins.

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  • July 15, 2021 at 3:28 am
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    Lmao, this movie is so fucking bad. Nothing prepared me for the sheer stupidity of the basketball scene. That said: despite all its hand-wringing, this movie does way more work to make Nazis look cool and relatable and awesome than any living Nazi ever did. Nazis wish they could dunk but they can’t cuz they’re too boring to live. That’s why they’re dying out.

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  • July 23, 2021 at 12:52 pm
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    A decent movie. Gets a bit Driving Miss Daisy-esque at some moments and kinda paints skinheads as a whole in a bad light but overall one of the best representations of far right radicalization I’ve seen come out of Hollywood. Everyone should watch at least once yet this might be one of the few good movies I’d rather not see a second time 4.5/5

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