American History X

American History X

Tony Kaye (1998)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This tough, powerful and uncompromising cautionary tale from director Tony Kaye takes a brutal look at the depths of racial prejudice and the roots of violent hate crimes. Teenager Edward Furlong has been keeping the faith of his older brother Edward Norton, a neo-Nazi white supremacist serving three years for manslaughter. However, recently released from jail, Norton has undergone a radical transformation through his friendship with a black prison inmate and the moral clarity of solitude. Told in colour with black-and-white flashbacks, Kaye's cutting-edge treatise is a shock to the system filled with unforgettable moments, seriously handled issues and superb acting by Norton, who was deservedly Oscar-nominated. It's definitely not for the squeamish.


A neo-Nazi is thrown into prison for murder and gradually comes to realise the error of his ways. On his release, he discovers his younger brother is heading down the same extremist path, and tries to stop the teenager from repeating his mistakes. Drama, starring Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Avery Brooks, Fairuza Balk and Stacy Keach.

Cast & Crew

Derek Vinyard Edward Norton
Danny Vinyard Edward Furlong
Doris Vinyard Beverly D'Angelo
Davina Vinyard Jennifer Lien
Seth Ethan Suplee
Stacey Fairuza Balk
Dr Robert Sweeney Avery Brooks
Murray Elliott Gould
Cameron Alexander Stacy Keach
Dennis Vinyard William Russ
Director Tony Kaye
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray