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American History X

Released on 31 December 2008

Featuring: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong & Beverly D'Angelo

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton), the charismatic leader of a group of young white supremacists, lands in prison for a brutal, hate-driven murder. Upon his release, ashamed of his past and pledging to reform, Derek realises he must save his younger brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), from a similar fate.

A groundbreaking controversial drama about the tragic consequences of racism in a family.
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 Average rating (44 reviews)

 Watch with caution.

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A very simplistic look at racism, the decline of the white working class, and hero worship, masquerading as a credible movie. The black and white photography is beautifully lit but also hides the clumsy attempt to explain Norton's characters ultra quick rejection of his carefully constructed racist doctrine.
Even more worrying is the basketball court scene where Furlong watches spellbound in awe as his brother and his racist thugs beat the black players at a game for control. Of course this is shot from Furlong's characters subjective point of view but this is often lost on many audience members and what we are left with is a strange mix; a kind of "Nazi Air" commercial with Norton doubling as an Aryan Michael Jordan.
This is a movie which is not particularly clear in it's messages perhaps because Tony Kaye jumped ship and Norton took over dirctorial duties. As a consequence American History X leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Thank goodness that in this country we have Alan Clark's Made In Britain or Shane Meadows' This Is England to raise serious debates over racism. Watch these timeless, intelligent, studies and then return to American History X. Just not the same is it?

 Master piece

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American History X... Where to start? This film is a masterpiece in every sense.

This film portrays not only the extent to which racism is a problem in America with graphic scenes and references but also shows one mans struggle to beat racism and how he accomplishes it with the help of his old high school teacher 'Sweeny' and a unexpected friend.

Edward Norton delivers a class performance that would prove hard to beat. This is a moving yet liberating film that highlights key problems in which today's society faces.

A must buy film you would be insane not too!!!

 one of my best

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Edward Norton & Edward Furlong head this cast as brothers. Edward Norton (Derek Vinyard) starts off life as a bright, intelligent boy who grows up influenced by his fathers views. These views build up when his father is killed. Confused and eaten up with hate he helps start a rascist/fascist movement and so the film begins.

This is one of the best films i have seen. The story is brilliant and the cast is just fantastic. Norton is a talented actor and is one part that makes this film what it is.

a most definite must to watch.

 A Must

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Norton and Furlong deliver sensational lead performances in an absolute eye opener of a film. No matter how many times this film is watched, it still packs a powerful punch. The script is superb, the setting is releant, the cut scenes and flashbacks are done brilliantly. A must see film, arguably one of the greatest films ever made.

 everyone should see this film

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Powerful,emotional,shocking and gripping are the words to describe this classic,forget fight club edward norton gives the performance of his life in this movie,if everyone saw this it might just shock a few people!the end is very very sad and some of the violence is extreme,tony kaye,you are a genious

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ActorsEdward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien & Stacy Keach
DirectorTony Kaye
Certificate18 years and over
Year1998
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 54 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.