American History X

Derek Vineyard (Norton) was a good student with everything going for him until his father, a firefighter, was shot and killed by a black man. Derek was forced to drop out of school to help support his family. He soon started following a white supremacy group in which he later became a leader of.

After being sent to jail for 3 years for a race related murder, Derek is released with a whole new view on life. Upon his release, he comes to find out that his little brother Danny (Furlong) is heading down the same path that he was. He is now hanging out with the same hate group and commits the same crimes.

Derek sits Danny down and explains the horrors of prison. Danny understands where his brother is coming from and vows stop his doings and he and Derek were to pick up and move their family and start a new life. This plan ends too abruptly when Danny is shot and killed the very next day in school by a black student he had had a confrontation with the previous day.

Topher

Continuity mistake: When Danny and Derek are taking down the Nazi-posters in Danny's room, the big poster above the computer is a very large Nazi flag that takes up about one fifth of the entire wall. During one of the shots in which all other smaller posters are being taken down, it is not there, and then it reappears and is the last one they take down.

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Bob Sweeney: There was a moment, when I used to blame everything and everyone for all the pain and suffering and vile things that happened to me, that I saw happen to my people. Used to blame everybody. Blamed White people, blamed society, blamed God. I didn't get no answers 'cause I was asking the wrong questions. You have to ask the right questions.
Derek Vinyard: Like what?
Bob Sweeney: Has anything you've done made your life better?

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Trivia: Edward Norton drank purified tuna to bulk up for his role of Derek Vinyard.

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Question: What was the point of the ending? What message was it trying to send? We have a whole movie sending an anti-racist message, but then a black guy kills Danny for blowing smoke in his face. I'm sure this wasn't the movie's intention, but it kinda seems like we're supposed to believe Derek was originally right and shouldn't have changed.

MikeH

Chosen answer: No, the message is absolutely not that Derek was originally right. The last part just shows there is evil on both sides and not only the neo-nazis need change. Danny changed, but too late to be saved from being murdered for racist reasons. Its a classic Shakespearean tragedy.

lionhead

Answer: In the original unaired ending of the movie, it shows Derek staring in the mirror at his home. He takes his shirt off exposing his swastika, then you see hair falling into the sink as he shaves his head.

Anywhere to find that alternate ending?

lionhead
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