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Some Legacies Must End!Edward Norton delivers a searing performance as a former neo-Naziskinhead whose life was almost destroyed by his own hatred--and who nowstruggles to prevent his younger brother from following in hisfootsteps.Seeking retribution for his father's murder and burning with rage, DerekVinyard (Norton) becomes the charismatic leader of a local White Powermovement. Despite his intelligence, Derek's incendiary actions culminatein a brutal murder and three years in prison. Now on parole, Derekreturns home to find his brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), being seducedby the same anger, bigotry and violence that almost destroyed his life.]]>
The film's basic message--that hate is learned and can be unlearned--is expressed through Derek's kid brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), whose sibling hero-worship increases after Derek is imprisoned (or, in Danny's mind, martyred) for the killing of two black men. Lacking Derek's gift of rebel rhetoric, Danny is easily swayed into the violent, hateful lifestyle that Derek disowns during his thoughtful time in prison. Once released, Derek struggles to save his brother from a violent fate, and American History X partially suffers from a mix of intense emotions, awkward sentiment, and predictably inevitable plotting. And yet British director Tony Kaye (who would later protest against Norton's creative intervention during post-production) manages to juggle these qualities--and a compelling clash of visual styles--to considerable effect. No matter how strained their collaboration may have been, both Kaye and Norton can be proud to have created a film that addresses the issue of racism with dramatically forceful impact. --Jeff Shannon
Such a good movie and totally holds up over time. I hadn't seen this movie for a decade and it was every bit as good as the first time I saw it. Powerful, gut wrenching, amazing. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Elizabeth Serena
Not sure why this movie is liked. From the very onset it was outlandish and ridiculous.Published 4 days ago by D. Harmon
I saw the movie years ago and was excited to see it again.
Awesome acting and a good movie!
What a bunch of death. This movie feeds no life at all. Can't Disney just at least release Song of the South with an "R" rating for Racism? Read morePublished 16 days ago by BOB LINDLEY
Excellent movie! I have seen it a half a dozen times. Great movie to watch with impressionable teenagers and young adults. Two thumbs up!Published 18 days ago by Elisa
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You are a liberal for liking this movie!!!
I can't believe some of the garbage a few reviews are spewing. Probably the same ones that voted Bush into the White House. Good job!
Anyways, agreed. This movie is incredible. One of my all time favorites.
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no new features but for 15.00 worth the upgrade
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