American History X, a movie review

A movie review: By Lee Sonogan

(1998) 1h59min/ Crime, Drama


I really appreciated how those associated with this excellent film refused to pull any punches in showing the life of a young skin-head so ably portrayed by Edward Norton. Instead of creating a caricature of a racist, all the vile language and violence is shown. This DEFINITELY makes this a movie NOT for KIDS, but for adults it makes a strong impact–like a right cross into the jaw! Now I know some adults will also be completely turned off by this as well, but considering how slimy and awful racism is, how can you talk about it other than by exposing it as it really is?! I applaud the efforts, though I must also admit it can VERY hard to watch–particularly the shooting scene and the intensely graphic language. – MartinHafer (IMDB – 9/10)

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his brother from going around the same wrong path he did. This movie stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong in a powerful movie of racism and personal change. This is one of the two best films that Edward Norton stars in. With a budget of 20 million, this movie made 23.9 million at the box office. America History X is rated 31 on the website IMDb and it rightfully deserves its place there.

Edward Norton turned down Saving Private Ryan to do this film. Before filming began, Edward Norton and Edward Furlong shaved their heads for their roles. You might know Edward Furlong as the kind from the second Terminator movie all grown up. Edward Norton also gained 30 pounds of muscle. In the opening scene of this movie, Edward Norton’s Character creates an epic scene as he curb stomps a guy on the side of the street.

overall, it’s deep and powerful as The character Derek Vinyard tries to help his brother. His character is based on real-life skinhead Frank Meeink. The movie excels at acting, story, development, quotes and more. To add to some more interest of this film, the word “fuck” was used 214 times. The CD soundtrack was released on November 3rd 1998 by Angel Records. I recommend this movie to people fans of good dramas and interested in a story about an interesting concept about neo-nazis.


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