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American History X ()

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featuring Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks

Tony Kaye made his feature directorial debut with this dramatic exploration into the roots of race hatred in America. In a shocking opening scene, ... Show synopsis

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  • Aug 12, 2012
    by BD0407

    GOOD FILM - MAY NOT BE FOR EVERYONE. GOOD START FOR A "NOIR" GENRE. NORTON IS RIGHT ON.

  • It's not just about race...it's also about hope. Apr 9, 2008
    by dawgma347

    American History X generates a tonne of emotions within the audience. Not only through the amazing and convincing performances of Edward Norton and Edward Furlong,but also through the beautifully written screenplay and simple message. Set upon the horrific background of neo-Nazi skinhead white supremacy, American History X balances the disturbing graphic brainwashed reality with the hope of change for the future. Ed Norton plays Derek Vinyard, a man returns from prison to find his younger brother, played by Ed Furlong, Danny, has been caught in the same web of racism and hatred that landed him in prison. Where does this hatred stem from? After Derek's father is killed in the line of duty by a minority, Derek's view of mankind is altered. And his act of curbing (very graphically filmed) sends him to a caged world where he learns that it's not all about white and black. He discovers that there is good and bad in every race. Now, the task before him now is to convince his brother Danny of his newfound enlightenment before he succombs to the hatred. A must see for all who can get past the scene that sends Norton's character to prison. Frighteningly awesome!

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