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13,960 Ratings

American History X

Directed by Tony Kaye
United States, 1998
Drama, Crime


After reforming in prison, former neo-Nazi Derek Vineyard returns home after three years to find his younger brother on the verge of following in his criminal footsteps.

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American History X Directed by Tony Kaye

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1999 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

1999 | Nominee: Best Actor

Critics reviews

It’s a black-and-white movie filmed in color, a choice that robs it of any period flavor, but given its 50s pedigree of social comment, such a nuance is hardly necessary. Director Tony Kaye wants to say something about what produces a skinhead today, and though he doesn’t succeed fully in this endeavor, he does take us a significant part of the way.
November 06, 1998
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