A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.


Tony Kaye


David McKenna
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Norton ... Derek
Edward Furlong ... Danny
Beverly D'Angelo ... Doris
Jennifer Lien ... Davina
Ethan Suplee ... Seth Rya
Fairuza Balk ... Stacey
Avery Brooks ... Sweeney
Elliott Gould ... Murray
Stacy Keach ... Cameron
William Russ ... Dennis
Guy Torry ... Lamont
Joe Cortese ... Rasmussen
Jason Bose Smith Jason Bose Smith ... Little Henry (as Jason Bose-Smith)
Antonio David Lyons ... Lawrence
Alex Sol ... Mitch McCormick


Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother's, Danny Vineyard, 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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Plot Keywords:

neo nazi | prison | hatred | racism | jail | See All (373) »


United by hate, divided by truth. See more »



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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Did You Know?


The punk band Anti-Heroes sued New Line Cinema over a character's tattoo featuring the band. The band did not want to be associated with Nazis, even fictional ones, in any way. The band went on to record a song called "NLC" that debases the film studio. See more »


Shadow of camera visible on Seth when he and Derek walk together during Malcolm's party. See more »


Lamont: In here, you da nigger.
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Alternate Versions

The TV version aired in the USA on the WGN Superstation on January 26th, 2004 had the curb stomp and shower scenes slightly cut. See more »


Spoofed in Reno 911!: Released from Prison (2005) See more »


The White Man Marches On
by Johnny Rebel
[To the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic.]
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One of the best films about racism
16 July 2007 | by Movie_Buff_BradSee all my reviews

One of the reasons I like the film is that the racism isn't shoved down your throat. It's subtle and believable. There's no characters standing around screaming about "Those goddamn Mexicans, I don't want THEM changing my locks so THEY can rob the place with their little essays!", right in front of them.

The acting is great all around, and Edward Norton gives one of the best performances of all time. I can't believe he didn't win best actor. While I haven't seen Benji's performance, I doubt he was half as good as Norton. The film is also highly inspirational and moving.

How is it that this wasn't even nominated for best picture, while Crash was AND won? Crazy.

This should be shown in schools.

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Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American History X See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$156,076, 1 November 1998

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