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)
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.