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Pariah

3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Inspired by real events, Pariah tells the story of an interracial couple attacked by Neo-Nazi Skinheads and the scarring effect the attack has on their lives. Although the physical bruises heal, Steve abandons his former life to exact revenge and follows the rabbit down the hole into an underground world where loyalty is decided by the color of your skin and pain is part of growing up.

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Godard said that one way to criticize a movie is to make another movie. "Pariah," a raw and unblinking look at the skinhead subculture, is a movie I'd like to show to those admirers of "Fight Club" who have assured me of their movie's greatness. This is the real thing, with the implicit skinhead doom-worship of "Fight Club" made visible. Its characters don't take the high road in rejecting straw targets like "consumerism," but the low road, in rejecting everything outside their small, infected circle of hate. The movie understands that it's not what you reject that defines you, but the act of rejection--the very decision to scorn and offend. "Fight Club" is "Pariah" made palatable. --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Randolph Kret's raw, explosive "Pariah" plunges us into the paranoid and brutal world of skinheads. There's no doubting the ability of Kret--abetted by his go-for-broke cameraman Nils Erickson and driven by the aptly relentless music of composer Scott Grusin, incorporating songs of the punk bands Minor Threat and Social Unrest and others--in working up an audience and drawing persuasive performances from a sizable cast. Jones, Wilson, Chaffin and Ward are especially effective. Tragically, the talented Ward's first Los Angeles opening is his last. On April 2, he was stabbed to death as a result of road rage sparked by an incident that occurred on the Sunset Strip. --Kevin Thomas, LA Times

American History X like Pariah, a drama about skinhead life includes a scene in which a Nazi-loving, gun-toting sociopath (played by Edward Norton) demands that a black man open his mouth and place his bare teeth on the side of a curb. It's a powerful moment. But it's almost nothing compared with the first few scenes of Pariah, a film with similar themes and even higher ambitions. The film maintains a convincing realism: It's acted out by expert talents and shot, cleverly, as though the camera were a fly on the wall. The effect is brutal and marks a stellar feature debut for writer-director Kret. His greatest accomplishment is rationalizing the actions of these racist bastards without sympathizing with them. In the end, the audience may thank him for the assault. --Michael Freidson, Time Out NY

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  • Actors: Angela Jones, Anne Zupa, Aimee Chaffin, Damon Jones, Anna Padgett
  • Directors: Randolph Kret
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Indican
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JMK6GW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After surviving a brutal attack by a gang of Skinheads, our mainline "Hero" decides to avenge his girlfriend's suicide (a result of the attack where she was gang-raped) by infiltrating the gang as a fellow Skinhead "Brother." Eventually, he fits into the Gang and is able to seek his revenge upon the animals who changed his life.

Was I shocked by the film's content? Nope. Was I impressed by it's production originality? Nope. Was the film's message worthwhile? I was already familiar with the act of revenge and the back-and-forth nature of retailiation.

Strangely enough, I was drawn into the story and was thoroughly engrossed in the storyline. Am I ashamed that I liked the film? Maybe a little...
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The first thing I sensed was a made for TV movie feel... The budget was low and the story was a little campy and inconceiveable. Then the movie grew on me. It was very entertaining despite the digs at the purist's pet pieves. Just watch it to be entertained. If you nit pick the details through this film, you'll only make yourself miserable. Plug it in and enjoy the carnage!
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For a low budget indy film, Pariah does a good job of getting the story across. The acting is decent, the characters interact like a gang and the movie kept me interested from beginning to end. YES, I think American History X is a better made film (with 50 times the budget I might add) and YES I've seen Romper Stomper several times. To be honest, with the exception of Russel Crowe's outstanding performance, I never thought Romper Stomper was a very good movie. Romper Stomper is sloppy, loud and all over the place and for those reasons I enjoyed Pariah a lot more. Pariah has focus, it tells a tight story, the characters are interesting and there are some very sexy skin girls to look at along the way (something most of these movies are sorely lacking). My all-time favorite "punk gang" movie is still Suburbia but Pariah will definately be rewatched and enjoyed (with the exception of the rape scene which is very graphic and disturbing). If I had one major issue with the movie it would be with the lead actor who seeks revenge. He was almost TOO angry and brooding and his character really got on my nerves. It's hard to feel sympathy for a character you despise. Still a good movie and a great effort for such a low budget.
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If you've gotten your views of what the "skinhead subculture" is based on a movie like this one... you are blind and unable to see that white power racists have hijacked a good image and made it bad.

How about this?

The original skinheads were both white and black and the music of choice was reggae which later spawned ska which in the 90s was a huge movement in the american music scene. A political organization told poor working class whites in the UK that if they would turn against the blacks they so harmoniously got along with that they would have better odds of having a good life. So they did so... and then SUDDENLY there's a worldwide "white on black" "skinhead white power" movement. Wow. Wonder who was behind it all? I wonder if he made a lot of money and if he's happy with himself.
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Pretty much too stupid to watch. These guys are ridiculous as "skinheads." I get not glorifying racism, but the magic marker tattoos and frequent raping is just silly. And a car load of black guys who drive around and attack and molest girls to show that the magic marker morons have a cause? And I can't believe any of the guys would want the other for a friend, cuz all they do is make fun of each others sexuality and pee on each other. If you like it great, but I'm not happy i bought this turd. Wan't a good movie about this topic? Buy American History X ot This Is England. This one has no class and is just a huge cliche with a bad soundtrack.
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I watched this flick on DVD recently and was blown away...Wow. It has some of the most realistic fight scenes in it I've seen since Bourne and Romper Stomper...My friends and I are fans of Quentin Tarantino and action movies so we rented this, but sometimes films aren't good -- this was a pleasant surprise. Plus Angela Jones from this movie was also in Pulp Fiction and Curdled -- she is really good. All the acting is strong, I agree that the story could have focused on 1-2 storylines, but I found it compelling and interesting. My two cents anyway.
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Was a horrible movie, plain and simple, acting was bad, costumes where worse, sorry to say can't find anything good to say about it. Not that I support neo-nazis, but dealt with them enough to know this movie was junk.
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