American History X is a profound and stirring drama about the consequences of urban racism as a family is torn apart by hate. Set in Venice Beach California the story is told by Danny Vinyard, who idolizes his older brother Derek and is trying to follow in his footsteps. Derek, a former honor student, is raging for retribution over the murder of his father. His anger turns into hate and Derek finds himself drawn into a local white power movement where he becomes a high-ranking member. The climax is reached when Derek violently murders two black guys who are trying to steal his car and is sentenced to prison.
Three years later the Vinyard family awaits Derek's return and most of all Danny, who is desperate for his brother's love and guidance. The same day Danny hands in a schoolbook report on Mein Kampf. The school principal, enraged by his choice of book, decides to teach Danny himself and demands that he write a new paper about the events that led to Derek's imprisonment. Derek is released a changed man who no longer views hatred as a way of life. Ashamed of his past he wants to distant himself from neo-nazism and to help his family to get back on track. When Derek realizes that Danny is heading the same way as he went the race begins to save him and the Vineyard family from the pain he caused them.
American History X was written by David McKenna, directed by Tony Kaye and produced by New Line Cinema. Edward Norton was nominated an Oscar for best actor for his role. It was released on 30th of October 1998.
Edward Norton .... Derek Vinyard Edward Furlong .... Danny Vinyard Beverly D'Angelo .... Doris Vinyard Jennifer Lien .... Davina Vinyard Ethan Suplee .... Seth Fairuza Balk .... Stacey Avery Brooks .... Bob Sweeney Elliott Gould .... Murray Stacy Keach .... Cameron Alexander William Russ .... Dennis Vinyard Guy Torry .... Lamont Joseph Cortese .... Rasmussen Jason Bose Smith .... Little Henry Antonio David Lyons .... Lawrence Alex Sol .... Mitch McCormick
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