Wednesday, May 25, 2016

American History X (1998)

Director: Tony Kaye

Writer: David McKenna

Composer: Anne Dudley

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

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  His father taught him to hate. His friends taught him rage. His enemies gave him hope.

Plot:  A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

I haven't seen this in ages and I'd forgotten how good it was.  The performances are very good.  This might be the only picture I've seen Furlong in where I didn't have any issues with his acting.  I'm shocked.  The story is well handled and I especially like the interspersing of the back story along with what's happening currently.  That curb stomp still makes me cringe.  Good score from Anne Dudley.  The ending surprised me again (thanks, memory).  It's a powerful film.  I've never understood why people hate.  The New Line DVD sports a nice anamorphic widescreen print with the only extras being 3 deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.

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