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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American History
Probably one of the best movies I've watched in awhile ---- confronting, violent & full of emotion ( a must watch ) be ready for the big ending -- AAA+++
Published on Jan. 4 2012 by danny4178

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3.0 out of 5 stars meh
Things I liked:
Edward Norton
B/W memories, technicolor present
Things I disliked:
The lacking defense of "liberalism." what was their defense? that nazis are wrong because they are violent, inconsistant, and will betray you? well, okay, that's a good reason for not joining a gang thereof, but the philosophy was not deconstructed AT ALL. The sister...
Published on Sept. 13 2003 by Celia


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American History, Jan. 4 2012
This review is from: American History X: SteelBook Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] (Blu-ray)
Probably one of the best movies I've watched in awhile ---- confronting, violent & full of emotion ( a must watch ) be ready for the big ending -- AAA+++
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I've ever seen, March 29 2007
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tbott "T" (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
After being introduced to Edward Norton in Primal Fear, I was once again blown away by his performance in American History X. Norton is supported by cast featuring such actors as Stacey Keach (Mike Hammer and Prison Break), Edward Furlong (John Conner, Terminator), Beverly D'Angelo (Ellen Griswald, European Vacation, et al) Elliot Gould (M*A*S*H*, The Shining) and Avery Brooks (Star Trek Deep Space Nine).

I would have to say that if you can make it through the first fifteen minutes of the film's graphic violence and hatred that the rest of the movie is a must see.

We are introduced to Derek, through his little brother's retelling of the violent episode that sent Derek to prison and the events thereafter. Danny Vineyard (Edward Furlong) idolizes his older brother and yearns to be just like him. He enjoys the knowledge that everyone identifies him as the brother of the most respected member of their white supremacy group, headed by Cameron. Stacey Keach is perfect in this role. You can almost see the slime oozing off him.

Conflict arises when a black high school teacher, whom Derek had admired before his initiation into racism, recognizes the potential that Danny possesses, but sees him following in his older brother's footsteps. He seeks Derek out in prison and asks his help in setting Danny on the right path.

The prison scenes alternate between horrifying and down right hilarious as Derek comes to the realization that he may have been wrong in his biases of people. Derek sets out to save his brother from perpetuating the life that he has led.

This movie runs the full gamete of emotions. In the space of an hour and a half, I laughed and I cried. I was disgusted, mortified, amused, and enlightened. The truly disturbing thing was that Norton is so convincing and likeable in the role that you can almost buy into his disgusting racist rhetoric. I think that is why this is one of my favorite movies. It makes everyone human, politically, ethically or morally right or wrong. Regardless of our views we are all just people, and we love our families unconditionally, no matter how dysfunctional.

I would recommend this film to anyone who has a strong sense of empathy, community, or social justice. Keep in mind though; you have to have a strong stomach too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most powerful films of our time, Jan. 11 2004
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S. Culp (Valencia, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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In a word, this film is fabulous.
It is an emotionally engaging, heartrending experience, essentially unlike anything I have ever seen before.
It is a shame that this movie remains relatively unknown--it is certainly comparable to some of the greatest "classic" films that people tout much more openly: the stark, unflinching way in which it addresses some of the darkest elements not only of our society, but of the individual, is unforgettable.
This is THE film for anyone who is looking for a thought-provoking, stirring, and unbelievably raw work.
Norton (who, incidentally, ended up contributing a great deal in the post-production process after the director effectively abandoned the project) delivers a fabulous and haunting performance.
NOTE: This film is not for everyone. Approach with an open mind, or stay away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American History X, June 14 2004
How terrifying is it while listening to some of Edward Norton's rants in this movie....that you actually begin to understand his point of view on things? That's a very important aspect of this film. The hatred spewing from his mouth along with statistical evidence and insightful rhetoric places the viewer amist what seems to be an actual white supremicist rally. It becomes easy to see how so many fall into crowds like this with characters like the fictional Derrick Vinyard preaching to the masses. Many people don't like the way the world around them is. They're looking for a change. People like Vinyard offer a path to that change.
But this story is mainly about redemption. The redemption of the character in question, Derrick Vinyard. Only after he loses everything can he begin to see the horrible path that he has beaten for his younger brother who is speedily chasing after him. The unlikely friendship with a black prison inmate and the tutalage of his former principle are what helps him return to his humanity. The simple yet distanced solution to all the hatred and anger that he's felt most of his life comes like an epiphany: "It's just not worth it." A point that he vehemently drives into those around him.
Be forwarned, this is not a happy story. The ending is tragic yet depressingly real. Hatred becomes a vicious circle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but the bluray has some flaws, April 19 2013
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The movie is playing grewt, but the bluray adds nothing, no french dubs, no french subtitles, I meanit's a bluray, you got more an enough space to add those things
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome steelbook & great movie, Jan. 20 2013
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This review is from: American History X: SteelBook Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] (Blu-ray)
Great movie & awesome edition of Blu Ray, one of the best steelbooks ever made. If you are a steelbook movie collector must have this one.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American History X (1998), May 26 2004
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Director: Tony Kaye
Cast: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Beverly D'Angelo, Stacy Keach, Jennifer Lien.
Running Time: 118 minutes.
Rated R for some extreme violence, harsh language, and sexual situations.
There are certain films that come out that raise enough commotion due to a political ("Schindler's List"), religous (can anyone say "The Passion of the Christ"?), and historical themes that are sensitive issues for many people. Many of these films reveal to be an honest portrayal of the account in which they are trying to explain. "American History X" focuses on the horrors that the root of racism can breed, spreading aimlessly throughout a small California town, and sucking in innocent young adults into a world of fascist and prejudice living.
Edward Norton gives the best performance of his young career as a skinead Neo-Nazi who returns from prison to his Venice beach home. His evolution from a young, bright jock in high school to a thug full of hatred is a rigid, cunning depiction--but the film mainly focuses on his metamorphesis into an enlightened parolee and his relationship with a young brother (played exceptionally well by Edward Furlong, star of "The Terminator 2: Judgement Day") who is following in his toxic foosteps. Director Tony Kaye's vision of how racism ravages a middle-class family is staggering until the last few moments of the motion picture, taking the audience through a whirlwind of events that will shock, disturb, and expose the true nature of hate--and also the strength and courage that it takes to break the chain.
Truly one of the most important films of the last decade, "American History X" is a bold statement that is not for all--adults and children alike; however, it sends a message and tells a story that should be embraced by all people and is articulate enough with its delivery to create a monsoon of emotion. One of the best films of the latter part of the decade.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Steelbook Edition - No French Text for An English Movie, March 23 2012
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Love this Steelbook Edition, full artwork, inside and out, Region Free Disc, No French Text on the front, Nice and clean on the back with just the Alliance logo, No bilingual text on the spine, absolutely great. Hate that French Text that spoils most of the Canadian Steelbooks, even the one's on the spine are horrid and ruin it. Great Film btw and a nice transfer for a classic movie. Haven't played the DVD, suspect it's not region free, so won't use it. Overall - a must buy Blu-Ray
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American History X, Nov. 3 2010
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What a powerful, emotionally charged movie! The anger, revulsion, empathy and shock you will experience while watching this feature will all hit you like a thunderbolt. The acting performed by all of the cast is top-notch and second to none. This well- written script touches on a subject that is at once taboo, yet still currently seen on headlines today. White Supremecy gangs are growing at a rampant rate in North America in this day and age. What this movie does is it opens the viewers' eyes and mind to the troubling motivation behind this movement, how easily people are led into it and expose how senseless it all is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing . . . Thought-provoking, May 23 2004
The most disturbing thing about this film is that the hate and racism are more believable than the sudden ascent from them. Edward Norton's eloquent, passionate portrayal of a skinhead seemed more real than his quieter, more introspective portrayal of an ex-skinhead. He had been driven into the Neo-Nazi underworld by a lack of identity and an undirected rage at society; it gave him an identity, and an outlet for his anger. In prison, however, his character is suddenly transformed from an angry, passionate skinhead into a quiet, sensitive guy. The racism goes away, but the root causes of it are never resolved, and it leaves the rest of the movie with an unnatural, saccharine taste to it. The causes, motivations, and defenses for the characters' white supremacy are there, but there seems to be no reason for the sudden change. It is arguably because Edward Norton's performance as a skinhead was so strong, but his performance afterward seemed empty. Tony Kaye must take much of the blame in this for not providing any motivation for the transformation.
I believed Edward Furlong: he acted consistently throughout as a hero-worshipping younger brother would. His behaviour hinged so much on Norton's, however, that Norton's unbeleivable character turnaround pulled Furlong's solidly grounded and well played character from the believability and realism the acting merited.
All in all, a brilliant, disturbing, thought-provoking film; the brilliant performances in the first half of the movie overshadow the salvation in the second half, so you are left more with a chilling view of Neo-Nazism than with an inspiring story of their salvation from hateful views.
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