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Malcolm X (1992)

Denzel Washington , Angela Bassett , Spike Lee  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Al Freeman Jr., Sonny Jim Gaines, Albert Hall
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 202 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (371 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002ND77
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Malcolm X" on IMDb

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Feared And Revered, Malcom X Crystallized The Hopes And Dreamsof Blacks, Demanding Human Rights For African Americans Duringthe Racially Tumultuous And Divisive Decades Of This 1950Sand 60S Until His 1965 Assassination In New York, At The Ageof Thirty Nine.

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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M/X on DVD February 28, 2005
Format:DVD
While the movie itself is excellent, this is one of those DVDs that makes a great film even greater.

Much has been said about the 1992 film, so I'll concentrate on the extras. First of all, the widescreen is not so wide that it makes you squint to see it. It's at a good porportion. But the edited scenes are really interesting. We see previously unseen footage of Denzel as Malcolm courting Angela Bassett as Betty Shabazz (in a rather touching way). We see Denzel/Malcolm putting an initiate through the rigors in an amusing fashion, we see him studying and feeding his hunger for books while in jail, and we see some interesting scenes of Denzel/Malcolm making anti-racist and pro-brotherhood statements near the end of his life to a young white girl and an Arab he meets in Mecca. A lot of people who miss the point about Malcolm's transformation should see those scenes (which actually appear in the original book).

(Slight complaint, the stuff about the Sphinx's black nose being shot off by Napoleon is a bunch of BS that didn't happen, even Molefi Asante admitted this on 60 minutes a few years ago. So it's just as well that that scene was not included in the original film).

Also, "Baines" was actually John Bembry, aka Bimbi, who encouraged Malcolm to read in prison. It was actually Malcolm's real life brothers who really introduced him to the Nation of Islam teachings. Not a complaint, just a clarification.

There is also an excellent documentary about the making of this film. A real Horatio Alger type story of how Spike beat the odds through dogged determination to raise the money to make the film the way he felt it needed to be made.
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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see film December 22, 2000
Format:DVD
One of the most brilliant films ever made. Another reviewer, E. Hazell is correct, if maybe even understated in comparing this film with von Sydow's portrayal of Jesus in "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and B. Kingsley in "Ghandi". Without question, the portrayal by Denzel Washington of Malcolm X belongs with these two classic efforts.
The screenplay closely follows Alex Haley's collaboration with Malcolm X on his autobiography, from his early days as a hustler and pimp, to his transformation and his rise to prominence in the Black Muslims and beyond. In so doing, it traces much of the history of the twentieth century African American experience
As another reviewer so inelegantly (and ungrammatically) put it, Malcolm Little sold drugs and women, robbed and lived in the underworld. However, this recognizes far less than half of this compelling and incredible story. This beginning was important only to underscore how far he ultimately came, and leads the viewer to wonder what would have happened had he not been murdered.
Wonderful casting including Angela Bassett as his wife Betty, DelRoy Lindo and particularly Al Freeman Jr. as Elijah Muhammad. It was a rather predictable crime that Spike Lee, Denzel Washington and this film did not dominate the Academy Awards.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a man reformed... July 7, 2005
Format:DVD
Malcolm, like any young african-american boy in a time of racial hatred, did not have it easy growing up. In fact he did not have it easy when he was in his teens to early twenties. Nor did he have it easy when he was an adult. Yet at least by his adult age he understood this and what his father had been fighting for. So with his Islamic conversion in prison, he set out to change the world as best as he sought, and, thanks to this film and the autobiography it was based on, we can now truly understand this struggle, inner and outer, for justice, liberty, and the pursuit of all to have happiness.

Now, to narrow in on the film and not just the man, Spike Lee really outdid himself this time. With Denzel Washington, traditionally a great actor, playing Malcolm X you knew the movie would at least be spearheaded with strength. But this is more then that, because the elaborateness of it all just conveys to the viewer so much of the times, the thoughts, and the conflicts that surrounded Malcolm and those tumultuous times he lived in.

I'd be lying if I did not say this is excellent, and then highly recommend it; so, I'd like to don this hat of honesty and tell you watch it, a lot of you'd like, but make sure to see it at least once (Oh yeah, and the book's quite excellent too)
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Film, EXCEPT... July 5, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This is an incredible production. Lee reconstructs neighborhoods and places that have been gone for years, and he deserves an awful lot of credit. The film, as a film, works very well. However, if anyone has read about the Nation of Islam and the life of Malcom X, there is a fair amount of information about the role Boston Minister, Louis Farrakhan played in the killing. Of course, if Lee had included Louis X in the movie, he'd end up like Malcom.
Before I get myself killed, please allow me to recommend a great book that covers the assassination better than any other book I've read: "Pillar of Fire, America in the King Years, 1963-64" by Taylor Branch. Although the book is primarily about King, it covers the events leading up to the killing of Malcolm X, including an amazing assassination attempt of one of Malcom X's colleagues during a high speed car chase through the streets of Boston.
After I read Branch's book, I saw Lee's film as a great movie, but historically, a missed opportunity. I think Lee is too close to the subject matter to include all of the details in an objective manner. So despite all the great performances, costumes, sets, and photography, I am left a bit disappointed. I'm waiting for a courageous filmmaker to do justice to Malcom X's life and legacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie, learned alot I didn't know.
Published 3 days ago by Shirley Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie about a great man
Great movie about a great man. Too bad he got caught up in that cult, NOI. He would have done so much more had he been lived a longer life.
Published 6 days ago by blessedgardner1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Spike Lee's Magnum Opus
This was an uphill battle from the beginning to the end for Spike, and the special features really let you know what a monumental achievement Malcolm X was. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Anyong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent.
Published 11 days ago by Tammie L. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic
Published 14 days ago by Carol A. Russo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 16 days ago by Janice
5.0 out of 5 stars History Lesson Learned
Excellent movie for student who may be out of touch about Malcolm X. Spike Lee did a wonderful job directing, Denzel is awesome with the mannerisms. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Saidah Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film! Denzel should have won for best actor
Published 25 days ago by Denard Tanksley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
VERY GOOD MOVIE
Published 28 days ago by AMAURY Z.
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word...AWESOME
Excellent Film...BRILLIANT acting by Denzel Washington. This was Spike Lee AT HIS BEST. I read the Autobiography of Malcolm X and this movie captures his life perfectly. Bravo!
Published 29 days ago by Janise
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