PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.
At the film's ending, when Nelson Mandela addresses a South African classroom, he quotes a Malcolm X speech directly. He refused to repeat the last four words, "by any means necessary", so Spike Lee inserted black and white footage of Malcolm X saying it himself. The line originated in Jean-Paul Sartre's play "Les Mains Sales" ("Dirty Hands").
In the name of Allah the merciful, all praises due to Allah, Lord of all the worlds. The one God to whom praise is due forever. The one who came to us in the person of Master Fard Muhammad and raised up the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Amen.
In the "Russian Roulette" sequence, when Malcolm holds the gun to Rudy's face, the bullet is in the chamber to the right, which Malcolm had just "fired" at his own head. Since the gun didn't fire, the chamber should've been empty.
During the opening credits the American Flag is shown and near the end it starts burning and leaves a giant X, which is part of the movie's title.
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