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Year
1998
Runtime
119 min.
Director
Tony Kaye
Genres
Crime, Drama
Rating *
8.6
Votes *
806,274
Checks
76,238
Favs
7,245
Dislikes
245
Favs/checks
9.5% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
30:1
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  1. ChristopheNobels's avatar

    ChristopheNobels

    How is this movie overrated?
    In my opinion it's a masterpiece!
    5 years 3 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    The film is really a thing of several parts and doesn't QUITE work for me. And that's why perhaps it insidiously does. Racism is real, and I know it exists in extreme forms like the white supremacists pictured in the film, but it seemed to hit its message a little hard on the head. At the same time, it refuses to give any easy answers as to the root cause of its characters' racism, painting the situation (again, an extreme situation that hinges on gang warfare) as an endless cycle as, if you'll allow me to borrow from the best, sin plucks on sin. Many of the characters are wholly justified in their world view, though only because they ascribe the actions of the few to those of the many. I guess what makes me uncomfortable is how cheesy American History X can become at times while retaining its brutal naturalism. And sorry, but the subplot involving the school principal helping the police looks like it's from another movie entirely. 1 year 8 months ago
  3. NikBHart's avatar

    NikBHart

    Moving and poignant. Edward Norton's best performance. The ending is contradictory but interesting and shocking in its own right. 3 years 1 month ago
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In 11 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #11 in 1990s
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    1990s

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  2. This movie ranks #12 in Crime
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    Crime

    12
  3. This movie ranks #22 in Drama
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    22
  4. This movie ranks #31 in Top 250
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    31
  5. This movie ranks #34 in FOK! top 250
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    34
  6. This movie ranks #61 in FilmTotaal top 100
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  7. This movie ranks #83 in Reddit top 250
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    83
  8. This movie ranks #87 in iCheckMovies - Most Checked
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  9. This movie ranks #99 in MovieSense 101
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  10. This movie ranks #109 in The New Cult Canon
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  11. This movie ranks #311 in Empire 500
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