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“American History X” is a 1998 American drama film directed by and starring , , Beverly D'Angelo, and . 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.


“American History X” 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:

“American History X” was critically acclaimed for its powerful performances, intense storyline, and thought-provoking message. 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 (), and the Venice Film Festival's Critics Prize.

Directed by
Produced by John Morrissey
Written by David McKenna
Starring , , , , , , 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
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $23.9 million


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