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AMERICAN HISTORY X

 
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At Theaters: 10/30/1998 On Video: 4/6/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 57 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 109810
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Derek is a changed man. Fresh from prison, he no longer views hatred as a badge of honor. Ashamed of his past, he is now in a race to save Danny and the Vinyard family from the violence he's brought down upon them.

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Drama - This violent--in theme and content--drama is too heavy for younger viewers; this is a film to be savored by serious drama fans only.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Edward Norton (Primal Fear)
Edward Furlong (Terminator 2)
Director: Tony Kaye (The A-Team)
Producer: John Morrissey (The Tie That Binds)
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
About The Casting
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Some non-graphic sex; fleeting full male nudity; fleeting partial female nudity; a graphic male rape
VIOLENCE: Strong, bloody beatings and shootouts throughout.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol consumption; frequent cigarette use.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: None
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I do not know what exactly embattled director Tony Kaye had in mind for his version of American History X, but the film I saw definitely works on its own merits, mostly due to the impassioned work of star Edward Norton. Perhaps in Kaye's editing hands the film would have been more well-rounded, less formulaic, and, as such, more powerful and profound. Alas, as it currently stands, the incendiary X, for all its faults, still makes a lasting, thought-provoking impression.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 87 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
9
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
10
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
13
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
11
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
23
High
83%
30+Adults (F)
21
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

The story unfolds through the eyes of Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong), who idolizes his older brother Derek (Edward Norton). Seeking retribution for his father's murder and burning for a way to vent his rage, Derek finds himself transformed by a philosophy of hate as he turns into a charismatic leader of a local white power movement. Despite his indisputable intelligence, his incendiary actions culminate in a brutal murder and, ultimately, a prison sentence.

Three years later, everyone awaits Derek's return: His mother Doris (Beverly D'Angelo) who prays for his safety; his girlfriend Stacey (Fairuza Balk) who longs for his return, and most of all Danny, who is desperate for his brother's love and guidance.

On the day of Derek's release from prison, Danny hands in a book report on Mein Kampf. Enraged, the school principal (Avery Brooks) demands that Danny write a new paper on the circumstances that led to Derek's incarceration. Through the narrative of this new assignment, the audience explores the events that haunt and define two brothers.

But unbeknownst to Danny, Derek is a changed man. Fresh from prison, he no longer views hatred as a badge of honor. Ashamed of his past, he is now in a race to save Danny and the Vinyard family from the violence he's brought down upon them.

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