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A must see film,
This review is from: Malcolm X (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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Initial post: Jun 16, 2008 8:25:24 PM PDT
Posted on Feb 23, 2009 4:06:37 PM PST
JOJO DANCER says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2009 12:04:08 PM PDT
K. Salvatorelli says:
Tokyo Jo, chill out man. If you knew a little history, you already should know that Malcom X was assassinated many years ago. I wonder who is this ignorant and rude one here? Geez.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2009 2:57:08 PM PDT
Rodney E. Shackelford says:
He TOKOYO JO must have been trying to be ironic.
In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2010 8:04:40 PM PDT
B. Tweed DeLions says:
Hey, Jojo. Have you ever watched Moby Dick?
Guess what? The *whale* did it!
Oops, I ruined it for you. Sorry.
Posted on Nov 5, 2010 7:08:57 AM PDT
Posted on Sep 25, 2011 3:06:00 PM PDT
Star Bux says:
This beginning was important only to underscore how far he ultimately came...
Hence, you imply by your comments that it is
far better not to engage in the criminal (and
immoral) activities that Malcolm was involved in
early on... Another might have said, Look how
far Malcolm fell - He could have been "king of
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