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American History X
Edward Norton and Fairuza Balk




Overview -
Edward Norton gives an impassioned performance as Derek Vinyard, a Southern Californian skinhead who must do time after committing a hateful murder. Once in jail, his mind opens and he sees the error of his ways. Upon reentering the real world, he must now turn his attentions to his younger brother Danny, who is swiftly heading down the same path as his brother. Controversy surrounded the film when director Tony Kaye disowned it, claiming that Norton had the film re-edited without Kaye's permission. Norton still got an Oscar Nomination for his intense performance.

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Overview

Edward Norton gives an impassioned performance as Derek Vinyard, a Southern Californian skinhead who must do time after committing a hateful murder. Once in jail, his mind opens and he sees the error of his ways. Upon reentering the real world, he must now turn his attentions to his younger brother Danny, who is swiftly heading down the same path as his brother. Controversy surrounded the film when director Tony Kaye disowned it, claiming that Norton had the film re-edited without Kaye's permission. Norton still got an Oscar Nomination for his intense performance.

Main Cast & Crew

Tony Kaye - Director
Edward Norton
Edward Furlong
Fairuza Balk
Beverly D'Angelo
Avery Brooks
Stacy Keach
Jennifer Lien
Elliott Gould
William Russ
Ethan Suplee

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 118
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 794043473920
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity)
  • Release Date: April 1999

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Racism
Los Angeles, California

 

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Reviews:
"AMERICAN HISTORY X is an explosive, scorched-earth drama in which Edward Norton gives a blistering, brilliant performance..." - 11/12/1998 Rolling Stone, p.121-2


"...Edward Norton's Oscar-nominated performance is the film's magnetic centre..." - 05/??/1999 Sight and Sound, p.36-7


"...An intense achievement....An excellent cast, the young leads stand out, including a best-yet performance from Furlong..." -- 4 out of 5 stars - 10/01/1999 Total Film, p.98


"...Norton breaks loose....A triumph of acting....[Kaye] works with flair and verve and control..." -- Rating: B+ - 11/06/1998 Entertainment Weekly, pp.51-2


"...AMERICAN HISTORY X has enough fiery acting and provocative bombast to make its impact felt....It has been directed with a mixture of handsome photo-realism and visceral punch..." - 10/28/1998 New York Times, p.E1


"...Genuinely provocative....There's scarcely a false not to the performance of either Furlong or Norton, the latter an almost certain Academy Award nominee..." - 12/01/1998 Box Office, p.44

 

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