Corrected entry: A little detail to notice: The swastika on the back of Seth's jacket at the party is facing the wrong way. From 1920, Nazis have always used a right-facing swastika as their official symbol, but the one on Seth's jacket is left-facing. Most likely a character mistake by Seth (who is not pictured as very bright), but worth noticing. (00:57:05)Twotall
Corrected entry: In the bathroom scene toward the beginning of the film, where the white kid is getting whaled on by the three blacks, as the third black kid is leaving he puts his hand up towards Edward Furlongs face, and in the process, hits Furlongs cigarette. The cherry explodes everywhere but in the next shot the cigarette is lit as he helps the kid up. (00:11:00)
Corrected entry: When Danny is first typing up his paper on his brother Derek, the first shot of the scene opens with a close up of the computer screen where there are two opening lines of his paper beginning with "American History X; by Daniel Vinyard." He is also swinging his necklace from side to side just a few inches away from the computer screen. In the very next shot, the opening of his paper contains four lines, instead of two. It also shows him swinging his necklace at least six inches below where it was in the previous shot. In addition, while they are impossible to read, considering the amount of space the first two lines take up in his text document, they cannot possibly read "American History X; by Daniel Vinyard.
Corrected entry: After Derek's discussion with his family about how they need to leave Venice Beach, he enters their living room where Seth is on the couch spitting jelly beans in all directions. Derek simply says to Seth, "Come on, let's go" and they proceed out the front door without Derek even responding to Seth's spitting half chewed, saliva-covered jelly beans all over his family's living room floor. Although Seth's character is shown in the movie to be a little less than polite, it is just too unrealistic for Derek, a civilized person, to not even take notice of such behavior.
Corrected entry: Near the end of the film, there is a flashback scene of Derek and the others talking with his father before he was killed. The father answers a question from one camera angle and then is seen giving the exact same answer again but this time from a different camera angle.
Corrected entry: During the shower rape scene, after Derek is slammed against the wall and is falling downward, there is a very brief showing of the attacker's genitalia. You will notice that his external reproductive organ is not erect, which would not have been the case given he had just finished forcing penetration on Derek. The best thing for any director to do in this case would be to have left this completely out altogether.
Corrected entry: When Derek and his brother leave the coffee shop near the end of the movie, they are holding the coffee, maple bar, and milk that they bought in there. They then cut to a different camera angle and the merchandise is gone. (01:49:00)
Corrected entry: When Seth is going to the Vinyard home to see Derek, he is heard whistling as he approaches the door. There is then a shot of the inside of the Vinyard home and Seth's whistling can be heard just as loudly as it was in the shot of him walking up to the door, which is not possible.
Corrected entry: During the basketball game, there is a shot where Derek, on offense, is just behind the center line of the court with a man guarding him. In an immediate following shot, he is on the top of the opposing team's three point line and he dribbles in and shoots a lay-up. There is no way he could have gotten there that quickly, especially with someone guarding him.
Corrected entry: When the three black high school students have the white student on the bathroom floor, one of them yells "Telling teacher I'm f - -ing cheating? Is that what's happening? I've never cheated in my life." Seconds later, the same student, in a much deeper tone of voice, says to the white student "What's up man?" as he offered his hand out to help him up. He then says "What you scared for? We ain't going to do nothing" in the same higher toned voice he had before. It had to have been a different person's voice saying "What's up man."
Corrected entry: When Danny is typing up his paper on his brother Derek, the camera shows him typing a 'J'. His dialogue in the next shot of his face does not contain a 'J'.
Corrected entry: In the scene when Danny takes his little sister to give a good-night kiss to her mom, the mother lights a cigarette. Danny tells her she should stop smoking and grabs it from her hand, smokes from it, and puts it out on the ashtray. In the next shot, he doesn't blow out any smoke even though he didn't have time to blow it out before.
Corrected entry: Just after Cameron's party in celebration of Derek's return, Derek and Danny run off after Seth almost shoots Derek. When Danny catches up to Derek, he pushes him into the side of a building screaming "What happened to you Der?" Danny is expressing anger, resentment, and extreme confusion at the change in his brother, who he had before known only as the charismatic Neo-Nazi group leader. However, Danny's response in this scene does not make sense. While Danny has seen some subtle changes in his brother at this point in the movie, he has not yet fully seen the full significant change in Derek's beliefs. He was not present during Derek's "I am out." declaration to Cameron. He soon after learns of Derek's change when Derek tells him of his prison story.
Corrected entry: When Danny gets up in the cafe and the principal says "Hey, you got something for me today?" Danny is not holding anything in his left hand. But in the next shot when they are leaving the shop, Danny has a paper bag and his milk in his left hand.
Corrected entry: When Danny and Derek go into the coffee shop just before Danny goes to school he has a bag. When he leaves he has the bag when they are arriving at the school Danny is smoking a cigarette and he bag is no where to be found - we don't see the bag again.
Corrected entry: During the first flashback at the beginning of the movie, when Derek has the run-in with the two black gang members, the last glimpse we get of Derek is a slow motion of him, presumably pistol-whipping the remaining gang member (near the curb). However, when we see the second extended flashback of this incident, there is no pistol whipping. Derek turns after shooting at the getaway car, quickly walks up to the gang member in the gutter and gives him the curb kick.
Corrected entry: Before the killing of the black guy happens, in the scene where Derek is arguing with the English Teacher (Murray) about civil rights, he hurts Jennifer Lien. He then takes off his shirt and shows Murray the German Swastika on his chest, as he does you can easily see a smudge in the Swastika.
Continuity mistake: When Danny gets shot at the end of the film, his paper flies out of his hand. But the very next shot of him shows that the paper is still in his hand being held over his head while he falls backwards. In one of the following shots the paper is back on the floor, but it's on the opposite side it should have been when it flew out of his hand. It's all shown in slow motion and it's very obvious.
Trivia: The ending was originally different. After the scene where Derek is crying over Danny, it cut to Henry being arrested, then his family in the kitchen mourning him and saying he was a good boy, and then Derek shaving his head again while smiling. When Edward Norton read the script, he said "I thought the movie was supposed to be anti-Nazi." So the ending was soon changed.MikeH
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