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  • Actors: Jack Perkins, Peter Graves, Harry Smith, Bill Mumy, Dave Hoffman
  • Writers: Agnes Nixon
  • Producers: Lisa Zeff, Ron Steinman
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: November 18, 1997
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303935842
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,417 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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His was the angry voice of a people kept silent for centuries. But at the height of his power, his outspoken independence led to his assassination. Malcolm X was one of this century's most charismatic leaders, a man so complex and influential that his

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All these decades after his assassination at the age of 39, Malcolm X remains one of the most controversial figures in modern American history, and this segment from the A&E Biography series amply demonstrates how he came to be the subject of so much debate. Born to a family that followed the black separatist beliefs of Marcus Garvey, Malcolm Little grew up distrustful of whites, and his father's untimely death, which Malcolm thought was a murder committed by the Ku Klux Klan, solidified his attitudes. Interviews with contemporaries demonstrate how Malcolm drifted into a life of crime, and vowed, during a prison stretch, to devote himself to his newly found religion, the brand of Islam preached by Nation of Islam founder Elijah Mohammed. The rift in the Nation of Islam, in which Malcolm X was pitted against Louis Farrakhan, is capably explained by noted journalist and Malcolm X biographer Peter Goldman, who also describes vividly the assassination of the charismatic leader. Finishing with a bizarre coda, in which a grown daughter of Malcolm was charged with plotting to assassinate Louis Farrakhan in the 1990s, this video does an admirable job of presenting a balanced and coherent view of a controversial man. --Robert J. McNamara

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2002
I was disappointed that you rarely heard from Malcom X. I was disappointed that I heard more from James Cone. I appreciate his thoughts, but I could read his book for his thoughts. I thought the video should have captured more comments from various people such as Ossie Davis who did his eulogy. I did enjoy the comments by Peter Goldman. It is an excellent video to be introduced to Malcolm X. If you are familiar with Malcolm X then I think you will be disappointed as I was.
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By Sham on March 22, 2013
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Malcolm was a very misunderstood man, and this biography sheds some light on many things about him that society doesn't want or fail to understand. this is an indepth look at one of the most controversial and brilliant leaders of our time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magnam on October 24, 2008
I always learn from A&E Biography and was not disappointed in this one. The DVD was way expensive so I bought this one. Malcom was one of the most interesting people and lived a good & full life until his tragic murder.
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