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American History X (1998)

R  |   |  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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Er ist sein bruder. Und sein opfer. (He is his brother. And his victim.) (German DVD) See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American History X  »

Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$156,076 (USA) (30 October 1998)


£291,438 (UK) (2 April 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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This film uses the word "fuck" 214 times. See more »


Camera operator reflected in the coffeehouse window. See more »


[Inside prison laundry]
Lamont: [to Derek] Don't fuck with me 'cause I'm the most dangerous man in this prison. You know why? 'Cause I control the underwear.
Lamont: [They walk down to the underwear station] All right, pick 'em up over here and you sort 'em over there. I hope you can work out all right because the last guy they sent me didn't wear no drawers, couldn't read the sizes in the drawers, and he used to sniff the drawers. All right, we got two sizes, medium and large, all right? All you got to do is put...
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Referenced in Manhunt (2003) See more »


The White Man Marches On
by Johnny Rebel
[To the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic.]
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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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