“American History X” is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and starring Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, and Avery Brooks. The movie explores themes of racism, hate, and redemption through the story of a former neo-Nazi skinhead named Derek Vinyard (played by Norton) who tries to prevent his younger brother Danny (played by Furlong) from following the same path of hate and violence that he did.
Synopsis: The movie begins with a black and white sequence in which Derek Vinyard, a young man who has become a neo-Nazi skinhead, murders two black men who were trying to steal his truck. He is sentenced to three years in prison, where he begins to question his beliefs after forming a close relationship with a black man named Lamont (played by Brooks) who works in the prison laundry. After his release, Derek tries to prevent his younger brother Danny from following the same path of hate and violence that he did, while also dealing with the consequences of his own past actions.
Awards won: The film was critically acclaimed for its powerful performances, intense storyline, and thought-provoking message. Edward Norton was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Derek Vinyard. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Editing, and was also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The film won several other awards and nominations, including the Satellite Award for Best Director, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead (Edward Norton), and the Venice Film Festival's Critics Prize.
|Directed by||Tony Kaye|
|Produced by||John Morrissey|
|Written by||David McKenna|
|Starring||Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott Gould, Avery Brooks, Beverly D'Angelo,|
|Music by||Anne Dudley|
|Edited by||Jerry Greenberg Alan Heim|
|New Line Cinema The Turman-Morrissey Company|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Release date||October 30, 1998|
|Running time||119 minutes|
|Box office||$23.9 million|