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American History X

Released: 1998

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 1 hr 58 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Tony Kaye

Starring: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien, Ethan Suplee, Fairuza Balk, Avery Brooks, Elliott Gould, Stacy Keach, William Russ

An ex-con tries to shield his younger brother from the influence of Neo-Nazis.

Easily one of the best dramas of the 90's.

Review by: EvilWolfie

Added: 10 years ago

Of all the films I've seen with anti-racism at its core, I'd say American History X is the best. Edward Norton, playing the ultimate skinhead turned nice guy, tries to keep his little brother from following the same path. The best thing about this movie (besides the super melodramatic curb stomp scene) is that it isn't preachy. I fucking hate it when filmmakers think you need to be preached to. No, instead the only preaching we get is by the skinheads themselves and other similarly passionate racist characters, on the in depth subject of what minority groups have done to America, what needs to be done about it and how they are justified. That's right. We aren't assumed to be idiots and that's refreshing. We can see the holes in the theories and don't need someone pointing them out to us. Easily one of the best dramas of the 90's.

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