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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations.
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Derek Vinyard
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Danny Vinyard
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Doris Vinyard
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Davina Vinyard
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Seth Ryan
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Stacey
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Dr. Bob Sweeney
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Murray
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Cameron Alexander
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Dennis Vinyard
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Lamont
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Rasmussen
Jason Bose Smith ...
Little Henry (as Jason Bose-Smith)
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Lawrence
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Mitch McCormick
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Chris (as Keram Malicki-Sanchez)
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Jason
Michelle Christine White ...
Lizzy
Jonathan Fowler Jr. ...
Jerome
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Daryl Dawson (as Chris Masterson)
Nicholas R. Oleson ...
Huge Aryan
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Curtis
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McMahon
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Cop #2 (as Tommy L. Bellissimo)
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Kammi
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Dr. Aguilar
Tara Blanchard ...
Ally Vinyard
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Cassandra
Steve Wolford ...
Reporter
Richard Noyce ...
Desk Sergeant
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Buddy #1
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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
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Stocky Buddy (as Paul Short)
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Basketball Player
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darrell Britt ...
White Supremicist (uncredited)
Robert 'Duckie' Carpenter ...
Skinhead (uncredited)
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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)
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Basketball Player (uncredited)
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Skinhead Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Arresting Officer (uncredited)
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Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Louis E. Rosas ...
Jail Inmate (uncredited)
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Jail Inmate (uncredited)
Mark Swanson ...
Skinhead in Store (uncredited)
Jeremy Sweet ...
Skinhead (uncredited)
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High School Student Leaving Bathroom (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tony Kaye

Written by

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David McKenna ... (written by)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Anne Dudley

Cinematography by

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Tony Kaye

Film Editing by

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Gerald B. Greenberg ... (as Jerry Greenberg)
Alan Heim

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Valerie McCaffrey

Production Design by

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Jon Gary Steele
Phill Zagajewski ... assistant production designer

Art Direction by

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J. Kyler Black ... (as James Kyler Black)
Dan Olexiewicz

Set Decoration by

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Tessa Posnansky

Costume Design by

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Doug Hall

Makeup Department

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Judith A. Cory ... supervising key hair (as Judith Alexander-Cory)
Bill Fletcher ... wig maker
Heather Fraker ... makeup artist
Karyn Alexander Huston ... hair stylist (as Karyn Huston)
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

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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

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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

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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)
Will Thayer ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Joe Barnett ... 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 / 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 ... re-recording mixer
John Ross ... re-recording mixer
Steve Scoville ... dialogue editor
Susan Shin ... adr supervisor
Anne Slack ... transfer engineer
William Smith ... 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) / 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

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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

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Stephen Jennings ... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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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

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James Alden ... grip
Curtis A. Andrews Jr. ... lamp operator / 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 ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
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) / gaffer: additional unit (uncredited)
Jeff Orsa ... gaffer (uncredited) (re-shoots)
Christopher C. Pearson ... first assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Bradley Richard ... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
William Robinson ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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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

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Marisa Aboitiz ... costume supervisor
Yvette Ammon ... additional set costumer
Ulker Irazat ... seamstress
Ángela Núñez ... costumer (as Angela Nunez)
Lisa Parmet ... key costumer

Location Management

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Marc E. Spiegel ... location manager (as Marc Spiegel)
Tim Swan ... location scout (as Tim Swann)
Paul Tompkins ... assistant location manager (as Paul Tompkins)

Music Department

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Paul Broucek ... music executive / 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
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Peter Davies ... musician (uncredited)
Woody Jackson ... musician (uncredited)
Bruce White ... musician: viola (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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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 / transportation dispatcher
Tom Stillman ... driver
Steven Luke Weible ... driver: honeywagon (as Steve Weible)
Michael Burnette ... transportation (uncredited)
Steve Larson ... transportation office assistant (uncredited)
Hardy Ophuls ... driver: cast (uncredited)

Other crew

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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 McCarthy ... assistant: Mr. Carraro (as Patti J. McDaniel)
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
Sihu Suhr ... accounting clerk
Sonya Thompsen ... contract administrator
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 / 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)
Rory Rooney ... assisting director (uncredited)
Kelli Sample ... dialogue research (uncredited)
Chase White ... personal assistant: Tony Kaye (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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, 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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Taglines His father taught him to hate. His friends taught him rage. His enemies gave him hope. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Amerikanskaya istoriya Iks (Russia)
  • Geçmisin Gölgesinde (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Generacija X (Croatia)
  • Amerikai história X (Hungary)
  • Kult hákového kříze (Czech Republic)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Box Office

Budget $7,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,340,166, 22 Nov 1998
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $23,875,127

Did You Know?

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Trivia Edward Norton turned down Saving Private Ryan (1998) to do this film. See more »
Goofs When Seth is spitting out the jelly beans just before he and Derek are about to leave the Vinyard home, you can see assorted colors shoot out of Seths mouth. Although, just a second before, the bowl was filled with all white jelly beans and one black ones until Seth picks out the black one and tosses it. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Living Out Loud/Unmade Beds/American History X/John Carpenter's Vampires/The Celebration (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Battle Hymn of the Republic See more »
Quotes Bob Sweeney: There was a moment, when I used to blame everything and everyone for all the pain and suffering and vile things that happened to me, that I saw happen to my people. Used to blame everybody. Blamed White people, blamed society, blamed God. I didn't get no answers 'cause I was asking the wrong questions. You have to ask the right questions.
Derek Vinyard: Like what?
Bob Sweeney: Has anything you've done made your life better?
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