American History X Movie Review 1998

Information and Film Reviews for American History X the Movie

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Former skinhead Derek (Norton) is released from prison after a three-year stint for killing two black teens. He returns home having renounced his neo-Nazi ideology and lifestyle, only to find his younger brother Danny (Furlong) involved in a skinhead gang. Controversial not only due to its touchy subject matter and startling violence, but also because director Kaye waged a public war with New Line to remove his name from the film, believing his vision had been compromised by the studio. Ultimately, the fuss is much ado about not much, as the film falls short of expectations. The story is predictable and rather simplistic, the script uneven and sometimes preachy, and most of the characters are wafer-thin. Only Norton's mesmerizing, forceful performance and a commendable job by Furlong as the impressionable younger brother lend credibility.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Brothers & Sisters, Skinheads, Men in Prison, Single Parents, Family Drama
David McKenna
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks, Stacy Keach, Jennifer Lien, Elliott Gould, William Russ, Joe Cortese, Ethan Suplee, Guy Torry, Giuseppe Andrews, Jordan Marder, Anne Lambton, Paul LeMat
Tony Kaye
Tony Kaye
Anne Dudley
John Morrissey, Lawrence Turman, Steve Tisch, William C. Carraro, New Line Cinema

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