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American History X (1998)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  20 November 1998 (USA)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

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Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did. Written by Nitesh D.(nmxpa7@msn.com)

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His father taught him to hate. His friends taught him rage. His enemies gave him hope. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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20 November 1998 (USA)  »

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American History X  »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£120,629 (UK) (26 March 1999)

Gross:

£291,438 (UK) (2 April 1999)
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In the first flashback where Derek has fired at the car and is returning to the guy he shot, he leans down with the pistol in his hand, as if to pistol-whip the guy. In the second flashback, it shows the same scene with Derek approaching but this time, when he gets to the guy, he just drags him into the street. This is intentional. The first version would have been what was heard in court (Danny did not testify) and what the jury would have heard from the defense. The gang members were on his property and this would show justifiable action on Derrick's part to get him the 3 year manslaughter charge. When it shows the scene again, it shows seeing Danny's actual recollection of what happened. See more »

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When Derek tells Cameron he and his brother are out, the reflection of the cameraman is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[Danny walks in on Derek and Stacey having sex]
Danny Vinyard: [whispering] Der. Derek.
Stacey: Jesus, Danny! Fuckin' perv.
Derek Vinyard: Jesus, Danny. What the fuck are you thinking?
Danny Vinyard: Derek, there's a black guy out there breaking into your car.
Derek Vinyard: How many Danny? How many?
[Derek quickly pulls on white boxers and black combat boots]
Danny Vinyard: One I think.
Derek Vinyard: Is he strapped?
Danny Vinyard: Huh?
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Sung a cappella by Ethan Suplee with modified lyrics
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Best movie of 1998
1 March 1999 | by (Darien, Il) – See all my reviews

Powerful portrayal of Neo-Nazi movement in America. Told in series of flashbacks. Flawless acting by Edward Norton. Does its best to make the point that no one is ever right aand no one is ever wrong. I have a friend who was a Nazi and a racist. But upon walking out of the theater after this movie he hung his head in shame. This is why the film industry began.


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