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Writer (WGA):
David McKenna (written by)
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20 November 1998 (USA) See more »
His father taught him to hate. His friends taught him rage. His enemies gave him hope. See more »
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward Norton ... Derek Vinyard

Edward Furlong ... Danny Vinyard

Beverly D'Angelo ... Doris Vinyard

Jennifer Lien ... Davina Vinyard

Ethan Suplee ... Seth Ryan

Fairuza Balk ... Stacey

Avery Brooks ... Dr. Bob Sweeney

Elliott Gould ... Murray

Stacy Keach ... Cameron Alexander

William Russ ... Dennis Vinyard

Guy Torry ... Lamont

Joe Cortese ... Rasmussen
Jason Bose Smith ... Little Henry (as Jason Bose-Smith)

Antonio David Lyons ... Lawrence

Alex Sol ... Mitch McCormick

Keram Malicki-Sánchez ... Chris (as Keram Malicki-Sanchez)

Giuseppe Andrews ... Jason
Michelle Christine White ... Lizzy
Jonathan Fowler Jr. ... Jerome

Christopher Masterson ... Daryl Dawson (as Chris Masterson)
Nicholas R. Oleson ... Huge Aryan

Jordan Marder ... Curtis

Paul Le Mat ... McMahon

Thomas L. Bellissimo ... Cop #2 (as Tommy L. Bellissimo)

Cherish Lee ... Kammi
Sam Vlahos ... Dr. Aguilar

Tara Blanchard ... Ally Vinyard

Anne Lambton ... Cassandra
Steve Wolford ... Reporter
Richard Noyce ... Desk Sergeant

Danso Gordon ... Buddy #1

Jim Norton ... Randy
David Basulto ... Guard
Alexis Rose Coen ... Young Ally Vinyard

Kiante Elam ... Lawrence's Partner (as Kiant Elam)
Paul Hopkins ... Student

Keith Odett ... Random Skinhead

Paul E. Short ... Stocky Buddy (as Paul Short)

Nigel Miguel ... Basketball Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darrell Britt ... White Supremicist (uncredited)
Robert 'Duckie' Carpenter ... Skinhead (uncredited)

Sydney 'Big Dawg' Colston ... Prison Gang Leader (uncredited)
Hans Cozzens ... Police Officer #2 (uncredited)
John Embry ... Parking Lot Skinhead (uncredited)
Maximillian Kesmodel ... Young Danny Vinyard (uncredited)
Barbie Marie ... Student (uncredited)

Allie Moss ... Skinhead Girlfriend (uncredited)

Denney Pierce ... Arresting Officer (uncredited)

Glendon Rich ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Louis E. Rosas ... Jail Inmate (uncredited)

Sam Sarpong ... Jail Inmate (uncredited)
Mark Swanson ... Skinhead in Store (uncredited)
Jeremy Sweet ... Skinhead (uncredited)
Selwyn Ward ... High School Student Leaving Bathroom (uncredited)

Directed by
Tony Kaye 
Writing credits
David McKenna (written by)

Produced by
Bill Carraro .... executive producer
Michael De Luca .... co-executive producer
Jon Hess .... co-producer
David McKenna .... co-producer
John Morrissey .... producer
Kearie Peak .... executive producer
Steve Tisch .... executive producer
Lawrence Turman .... executive producer
Brian Witten .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Anne Dudley 
Cinematography by
Tony Kaye 
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
Alan Heim 
Casting by
Valerie McCaffrey 
Production Design by
Jon Gary Steele 
Phill Zagajewski (assistant production designer)
Art Direction by
J. Kyler Black  (as James Kyler Black)
Dan Olexiewicz 
Set Decoration by
Tessa Posnansky 
Costume Design by
Doug Hall 
Makeup Department
Judith A. Cory .... supervising key hair (as Judith Alexander-Cory)
Bill Fletcher .... wig maker
Heather Fraker .... makeup artist
Karyn Huston .... hair stylist
John E. Jackson .... supervising key makeup
Matthew W. Mungle .... special effects makeup artist
Gina Rylander .... body makeup artist
Christina Smith .... supervising key makeup
Jamie Kelman .... lab makeup effects artist: W.M. Creations (uncredited)
Production Management
Bill Carraro .... unit production manager
Joe Fineman .... executive in charge of post-production
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Diana Kaufman .... post-production supervisor
Michael Mandaville .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Cotone .... first assistant director
Michael Keller .... second second assistant director
David Larson .... second assistant director
Rusty Mahmood .... dga trainee
Scott Harris .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Curtis Baruth .... construction coordinator (as Curtis W. Baruth)
Sharleen Bright .... head scenic artist
Clovis Chamberet .... lead man (as Clovis Chambaret)
Michael Cudlitz .... construction coordinator
Franco Esile .... set dresser
Steven E. Eyrse .... scenic artist
Brandon S. Gilgen .... scenic painter
Chris Griffiths .... set dresser
Vincent M. Jackson .... scenic painter
Pete Josephs .... construction foreman (as Peter Josephs)
Ian Kay .... prop assistant
Craig Lafferty .... on-set dresser
Lynda Reiss .... property master
Lisa Roman .... set dresser
Parker Swanson .... assistant property master
Le'Von Webb .... set dresser (as Lévon Webb)
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Dorian Cheah .... sound effects editor
Benjamin L. Cook .... background sound editor (as Benjamin Cook)
Suzanne Davis .... utility cable
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor (as Jed Dodge)
Roger Dudley .... additional sound engineer
Mary Erstad .... foley mixer
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Lee Fine)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Cormac Funge .... sound effects editor
Robert Getty .... assistant sound editor
Kurt Godel .... transfer engineer
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Tom Hartig .... boom operator (as Thomas W. Hartig)
Frederick Howard .... sound designer
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound editor
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Ossama Khuluki .... foley artist (as Ossame Khuluki)
David Mann .... foley editor
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Bob McNabb .... dialogue editor (as Robert McNabb)
Michael Mullane .... background sound editor
Steve Nelson .... production sound mixer
Sarah Peterson .... dialogue assistant
Yuri Reese .... sound re-recording mixer
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Scoville .... dialogue editor
Susan Shin .... adr supervisor
Anne Slack .... transfer engineer
William Smith .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bill Smith)
Walter Spencer .... dialogue editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Roland N. Thai .... sound effects editor (as Roland Thai)
Paul Coogan .... boom operator (uncredited)
Michael Ferdie .... production sound editor (uncredited)
Jason George .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Cameron Hamza .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dean Hovey .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Robert Jackson .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Scott Jones .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Thomas Jones .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Paul Vik Marshall .... pickups sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Paul Vik Marshall .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Matthew Reidenbach .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Aletha Rodgers .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Walter Spencer .... production sound editor (uncredited)
Kelly Vandever .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Charles Belardinelli .... special effects (as Charlie Belardinelli)
Thomas L. Bellissimo .... special effects supervisor (as Tom Bellissimo)
Jerry Donegan .... special effects
Christy Sumner .... special effects
Malia Thompson .... special effects
Shannon J. Thompson .... special effects (as Shannon Thompson)
Visual Effects by
Stephen Jennings .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Charles Belardinelli .... stunts
Chris Carnel .... stunts
Eugene Collier .... stunts
Kevin LaRosa .... stunts
Chai Lee .... stunts
Dwayne McGee .... stunts
Francine Morris .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Noon Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Mark Orson .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Courtney Pakiz .... stunt double
Eddie Perez .... stunts
Denney Pierce .... stunt coordinator
Paul Sherrod .... stunts
Paul E. Short .... stunt coordinator (as Paul Short)
Russell Solberg .... stunts
Sammy Thurman .... stunts
Frank Torres .... stunts
Mark Aaron Wagner .... stunts (as Mark Ron Wagner)
Eddie Wong .... stunts
Merritt Yohnka .... stunts (as Merritt Yohnke)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Alden .... grip
Curtis A. Andrews Jr. .... lamp operator
Curtis A. Andrews Jr. .... rigging gaffer
Tim Angelo .... best boy grip
Mark Bolin .... dolly grip
Rick Drapkin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
David Elmore .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Scott England .... lamp operator
Warren Feldman .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
David Jarrell .... chief lighting technician
John T. Martin .... key grip
John McCoy .... video playback operator
Sean Hunter Moe .... camera loader
Charles Papert .... Steadicam operator
Charles Papert .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rico Priem .... grip
James Scott .... best boy electric
John Sekula .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Fred Talmadge .... 24 frame video operator
Barry Berona .... first assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Joe Crouch .... electrician (uncredited)
Isaac Friedman .... film loader: second unit (uncredited)
Eric J. Goldstein .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Barry Gross .... electrician (uncredited)
Leyla Monique Guzman .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Barry Idoine .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Tony Kaye .... camera operator (uncredited)
Gaston Langer .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Dale Obert .... electrician (uncredited)
Dale Obert .... gaffer: additional unit (uncredited)
Christopher C. Pearson .... first assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Bradley Richard .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
William Robinson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joe Adams .... casting assistant (as Joseph Adams)
Bill Dance .... extras casting
Terrence Harris .... extras casting assistant (as Terence Harris)
Mark Williamson .... extras casting assistant
Terrence Harris .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Aboitiz .... costume supervisor
Yvette Ammon .... additional set costumer
Ulker Irazat .... seamstress
Ángela Núñez .... costumer (as Angela Nunez)
Lisa Parmet .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Glenn Cocco .... first assistant editor
Kim Ettinger .... assistant editor
Bob McMillian .... color timer
Danny Miller .... first assistant editor (as Dan Miller)
Brandon Smith .... post-production coordinator
Ron Stanik .... assistant editor
Stephanie Olah .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Broucek .... music executive
Paul Broucek .... music supervisor
Bulge .... music performers: score
Marc Cancel .... musician: Bulge member
Karen Elliott .... music coordinator: Air-Edel
Richard Ford .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Paul Hulme .... scoring mixer
Stanley Mueller .... musician: Bulge member
Christopher Rensink .... musician: Bulge member
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs
Keith Swan .... musician: Bulge member
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader
Peter Davies .... musician (uncredited)
Woody Jackson .... musician (uncredited)
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joseph Aroesti .... driver
Tony Barattini .... driver
Robin D. Bishop .... driver (as Robin Bishop)
Joe Cosentino .... transportation captain
Pat Cosentino .... driver
Angel Desanti .... driver (as Angel De Santi)
Ed Evans .... driver
Dash Hart .... driver
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Alvin Hurd .... driver: honeywagon
Glenn Knowlton .... driver
Glen Mathias .... driver (as Glenn Mathias)
Bill Needham .... driver
John Pellegrino .... driver: production van
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation co-captain
Leo Stefanos .... general manager: transportation
Leo Stefanos .... transportation dispatcher
Tom Stillman .... driver
Steven Luke Weible .... driver: honeywagon (as Steve Weible)
Michael Burnette .... transportation (uncredited)
Hardy Ophuls .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
George Alonso .... on-set medic
Matt Baird .... set production assistant
Peter Barnett .... first assistant production accountant (as Peter J. Barnett)
Lisa Behlendorf .... post-production accountant
Paul Belenardo .... production accountant
Olivette Brown .... office staff production assistant
Rex Camphuis .... set production assistant
Anthony Cortés .... personal trainer: Edward Norton (as Anthony Cortes)
Wendy Cox .... production coordinator
Avy Eschenasy .... production attorney
Michael Estrella .... set production assistant
April Fawcett .... set production assistant
Nancy A. Flint .... studio teacher (as Nancy Flint)
Emily Glatter .... in-house coordinator
Keeley Gould .... assistant: Mr. Kaye
Susan Hart .... production associate
Phil Hickerson .... set production assistant (as Phil S. Hickerson)
Erik Holmberg .... production executive
Ira Hurvitz .... script supervisor
Karen Jarnecke .... assistant production coordinator
Brian R. Keathley .... craft service
Kevin LaRosa .... helicopter pilot
Andrew Lipschultz .... unit publicist
Patti J. McDaniel .... assistant: Mr. Carraro
Nick Mestrundrea .... craft service (as Nick Mestrandrea)
Matthew Mizel .... assistant: Mr. Kaye
Jeff Myers .... set production assistant
John Nisbet .... set production assistant
Johanna Parker .... set production assistant
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Joshua Ravetch .... production resources
Marc Rindner .... production attorney
Oscar Luis Rodriguez .... additional best boy (as Oscar Rodriguez)
Silvie Rodriguez .... animal trainer
Marc E. Spiegel .... location manager (as Marc Spiegel)
Sihu Suhr .... accounting clerk
Tim Swan .... location scout (as Tim Swann)
Sonya Thompsen .... contract administrator
Paul Tompkins .... assistant location manager (as Paul Tompkins)
Omar Torres .... office staff production assistant
Eric Troop .... set production assistant (as Eric Topp)
Natalie Trussell .... production secretary
Timothy P. Tundel .... payroll accountant (as Tim Tundel)
Ryan Wallace .... office staff production assistant
Chris Warren .... caterer
Chris Warren .... chef
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Robert 'Duckie' Carpenter .... choreographer: slam pit (uncredited)
Dyanne C. Deuel .... set medic (uncredited)
Sean Jordan .... interactive media (uncredited)
Peter Menich .... title designer (uncredited)
Kelli Sample .... dialogue research (uncredited)
Chase White .... personal assistant: Tony Kaye (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Edward Norton turned down Saving Private Ryan (1998) to do this film.See more »
Continuity: As Derek and Danny are leaving the coffee shop, Daniel's hands are empty when he tells Sweeney he'll have the paper ready, however a moment later, Danny has a bag and a drink in his hands.See more »
Derek Vinyard:One in every three black males is in some phase of the correctional system. Is that a coincidence or do these people have, you know, like a racial commitment to crime?See more »
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37 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The Most Dangerous Person To Us Is Ourselves, 1 February 2009
Author: alexkolokotronis from Queens, New York

American History X is a movie of its own. It has a little bit of everything in the way it touches you. This of course making it a very though provoking film. There isn't a genre you can place this film in because it is a not a crime story, action or even a simple drama instead it is a humanistic thriller. What it is about, is the battle over ourselves.

Who better than to display these wild but common complexities within people than Edward Norton. The range he shows here is astounding in only his fifth movie. Norton plays Derek Vinyard, a skin head that realizes through cruel yet necessary events in his life that he has gone down the wrong path. When he comes out of jail he attempts to stop his brother played Edward Furlong from going down the same road he had done. Through all his efforts though some things just prove to be inevitable. Avery Brooks also gives a great performance as Derek Vinyard's former teacher and now principal of his former school. His words may not be of the most inspiring but his actions and messages sent across are subtle yet strong and to the point.

Norton's performance though wasn't just about range but exploring different dimensions of life. Whether it proved to be psychological, social or even political on a certain level. It is a transforming performance revealing something mind blowing and eye opening. That we, and this includes anyone, can take a devastating turn in life no matter how intelligent we are or thoughtful. That the person that determines the outcome of your life is yourself whether it is good or bad. Norton's realizations aren't through teachings such as the ones that got him in jail but they are through the events in the time he spent in jail. He saw the truth for himself realizing then what is false and what is real.

The screenplay written by David McKenna is about as versatile as the performance Norton gives. Not only because of the Derek Vinyard character but because of the characters involved in his life. For example the root of his evil did not come from the murder of his father but rather his father himself. Through just a conversation at breakfast did his negative thoughts get really embedded eventually then leading to them dramatically taking over his mind and way of life. Only when his father got killed did these negative thoughts seem justified. The way this screenplay and direction was able to display this message in just a plethora of other underlying tones was spectacular.

What makes this movie great though is that you can truly find yourself in the messages delivered. As much as the main character might not seem relevant or connected to many people it his emotions and functioning of his mind that all of us are able to connect with. Yet what makes a movie great is not simply the message or messages sent across but how powerfully they are delivered. American History X delivers its multiple and intertwining messages about as powerfully as I've seen from a film.

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