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American History X (1998)

R   |    |  Drama


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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

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Trivia

Edward Norton was said to have re-edited the film to lengthen his screen time. Director Tony Kaye then attempted to get his own name removed from the credits but violated a Directors' Guild of America rule that states that directors that use pseudonyms (such as "Alan Smithee") must not talk about why they had their name removed - which Tony Kaye had done in ads in Variety. According to Entertainment Weekly, he then wanted his credit to read "Humpty Dumpty". Eventually, Kaye sued the DGA and New Line Cinema for $200 million ($275 according to the book Cinematic Century) stating that the DGA rule violated his first amendment rights.


Quotes

Danny Vinyard: Der. Derek.
Stacey: Jesus, Danny! Fuckin' perv.
Derek Vinyard: Jesus, Danny. What the fuck are you thinking?
Danny Vinyard: Derek, there's a black guy out there breaking into your car.
Derek Vinyard: How many Danny? How many?
Danny Vinyard: One I think.
Derek Vinyard: Is he strapped?
Danny Vinyard: Huh?
Derek Vinyard: Does he have a fucking gun Danny?
Danny Vinyard: Man, I ...


Goofs

In the black vs. white basketball game, Derek makes a shot and then Seth says, "Should've passed it to me I was wide open." His mouth doesn't match these words.


Alternate Versions

The New Line Cinema DVD features 3 scenes deleted from the original theatrical version:

  • A scene in which an elderly black woman is harassed and made to cry on the boardwalk by a bunch of teenage skinheads.
  • A scene after the "party", in which Cameron and Seth go to a café and discuss Derek's change. They then harass a black guy/white girl couple, and then leave. A car is waiting outside, in which several black men watch them leave, before going after them. One black man inside the car remarks "Somebody's gonna get their ass whipped." The aftermath is not shown, but we later learn that Cameron and Seth were attacked.
  • A brief scene in the café near the end in which Derek winks at a little black girl and asks her if he looks okay.


Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by
William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Sung a cappella by Ethan Suplee with modified lyrics

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