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Thumbnail for American History X (1998) American History X (1998)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 76
Category: Crime, DramaNotable as: Coming of age, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Indie film, Coming of age, Action Film, Crime Fiction, Crime Thriller, Crime Drama, DramaMain subject: dysfunctional familyNarrative location: Los AngelesRuntime: 114 - 119 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Los AngelesDirector: Tony KayeScreenwriter: David McKennaMusic: Anne DudleyCinematography: Tony KayeStars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Avery Brooks, Jennifer Lien, Ethan Suplee, Stacy Keach, Fairuza Balk, Elliott Gould, Guy Torry, William Russ, Joseph Cortese, Christopher MastersonProducer: John MorrisseyAwards won: Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture (Edward Norton)Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Edward Norton)Award details: (details at IMDb)
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American History X is a 1998 American crime drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott Gould, Avery Brooks, Ethan Suplee and Beverly D'Angelo. The film was released in the United States on October 30, 1998 and was distributed by New Line Cinema. The film tells the story of two Venice, Los Angeles brothers who become involved in the neo-Nazi movement. The older brother serves three years in prison for voluntary manslaughter, changes his beliefs and tries to prevent his brother from going down the same path. The film is told in the style of nonlinear narrative. It was given an "R" rating by the MPAA for "graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity". Made on a budget of $20 million, it grossed over $23 million at the international box office. Critics mostly praised the film and Norton's performance, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In September 2008, Empire magazine named it the 311th Greatest Movie of All Time.


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