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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I have ever seen., February 7, 2000
This review is from: American History X (DVD)
This is one of the movies that touched me more than any others have in quite a long time. It puts a human face on skinheads, not glorifying them yet showing how a young person can be warped by a racist father and what racism can do to a family. Derek Vinyard had to learn the truth about racism the hard way by being betrayed in prison and he began to question his beliefs after a black man is the only person who befriends him. He begins to understand how futile and destructive hatred is only to pay for his mistakes in the end. At times this movies is difficult to watch but I think it is important for everyone to see. Ed Norton definitely deserved the oscar for this film and was cheated. Anyone who watches this will see how racism only destroys families, hurts others and destroys one's self in the end. It is brutal yet honest and it is what good filmmaking is all about it. I would give it ten stars if I could. Simply brilliant.
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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Oct 18, 2008 6:04:06 PM PDT
D. Smail says:
I agree, except Derek was Dan's brother. The curb-stomp scene is hard to watch even though they don't show it.

Posted on Jan 18, 2009 3:14:35 AM PST
nothing he has done has been close since or before excellent movie really moving but at the same time shows the horrible consequences that hate can bring with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2011 2:28:30 AM PDT
This is old and no one will probably see this comment, but:

Derek and Danny's father, the fireman who got shot, was a racist. So when a black guy shot his dad, Derek already had that seed planted. Linking up with Cameron and going full-on Neo-Nazi wasn't a huge leap for him.

Oh, and the worst part of the curb-stomp is the sound of the guy's teeth on the concrete.
The version I saw, years ago, showed the actual stomp. The guy's head split like a melon. Does the current DVD version not show that?
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