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Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

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Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, and for drugs and some language | See all certifications »

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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$48,169,908 (USA)
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Trivia

Ernest Thomas plays Albert Hall's son. In real life, Hall is only 12 years and 4 months older than Thomas. See more »

Goofs

When Malcolm goes on his hajj, he supposedly lands in Saudi Arabia, which is where Mecca is located. However, he takes a side trip to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx which are in Egypt, with no indication of separate travel back and forth other than camels. The distance between Mecca and Giza is roughly 800 miles. See more »

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[first lines]
Announcer: In the name of Allah the merciful, all praises due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. The one God to whom praise is due forever. The one who came to us in the person of Master Fard Muhammad and raised up the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Amen.
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Announcer: Asalaam-alaikum!
Crowd: Alaikum-salaam!
Announcer: How do you feel?
Crowd: Good!
Announcer: Who do we want to hear?
Crowd: Malcolm X!
Announcer: Are we gonna bring him on? Yes, we gonna bring him on. Well let us hear from our minister, Minister Malcolm X. Let us bring him on with a round of ...
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Crazy Credits

One of the few films that actually lists every member of the studio orchestra that recorded the soundtrack. See more »

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Featured in 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) See more »

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A Change is Gonna Come
Written and Performed by Sam Cooke
(during the scene where Malcolm and his family arrive at the Audobon Ballroom)
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Spike Lee's best movie ever
26 October 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Reaching his apex of greatness, Spike Lee created a perfect biography of the Black Nationalist leader. In the title role, Denzel Washington literally becomes the character. From the opening, when he accurately accuses the white man of all the injustices that the white man has perpetrated, to his conversion to Islam (and rejection of his slave surname), to his eventual assassination, the movie is top-notch in every respect.

Having read Malcolm X's autobiography, I can affirm that the movie followed it very closely. Reading his autobiography will actually help you understand him even further. As will his indication that African-Americans bled for the white man in Korea, Japan, Italy, etc., so why shouldn't they bleed for their freedom at home? Anyway, "Malcolm X" is a perfect movie in every way.


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