Malcolm X [Blu-ray] [1992]

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98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (98 out of 100)

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Malcolm X
Writer-director Spike Lee's epic portrayal of the life and times of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X begins with the cross-cut imagery of the police beating of black motorist Rodney King juxtaposed with an American flag burning into the shape of the letter X. When the film's narrative begins moments later, it jumps back to World War II-era Boston, where Malcolm Little (Denzel Washington) is making his living as a hustler. The son of a Baptist preacher who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, Little was raised by foster parents after his mother was deemed clinically insane; as an adult, he turned to a life of crime, which leads to his imprisonment on burglary charges. In jail, Little receives epiphany in the form of an introduction to Islam; he is especially taken with the lessons of Elijah Mohammed, who comes to him in a vision. Adopting the name 'Malcolm X' as a rejection of the 'Little' surname (given his family by white slave owners), he meets the real Elijah Mohammed (Al Freeman, Jr.) upon exiting prison, and begins work as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Marriage to a Muslim nurse named Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett) follows, after which X spearheads a well-attended march on a Harlem hospital housing a Muslim recovering from an episode of police brutality. The march's success helps elevate X to the position of Islam's national spokesperson. There is dissension in the ranks, however, and soon X is targeted for assassination by other Nation leaders; even Elijah Mohammed fears Malcolm's growing influence. After getting wind of the murder plot, X leaves the Nation of Islam, embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca that proves revelatory; renouncing his separatist beliefs, his oratories begin embracing all races and cultures. During a 1965 speech, Malcolm X is shot and killed, reportedly by Nation of Islam members. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Denzel Washington
    Denzel Washington - Malcolm X
  • Spike Lee
    Spike Lee - Shorty
  • Angela Bassett
    Angela Bassett - Betty Shabazz
  • Al Freeman, Jr.
    Al Freeman, Jr. - Elijah Muhammad
  • Delroy Lindo
    Delroy Lindo - West Indian Archie



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 99 reviews

98%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Introduction to a Great Man

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    MitYer
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    What a fine film. In short it is a great intro to man that mainstream Americans knew nothing about and still don't. This film introduces that group (white Americans) to a one of the most important black men in the history of theis country. I grew up during those tumultuous times and even though I don't agree with all he was about, I think he had a lot to say that was right. I highly recommend this movie to all people of any race to give you another perspective on the time in which this country nearly came to civil war, again.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Denzel does it again. Very good.

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    LarryD
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    Denzel Washington is one of our great actors, who can immerse himself into the character he is portraying. In this instance that character comes from real life. Washington portrays Malcomb X as an intelligent, multifaceted, deeply feeling character. He brings the person to life for the audience, giving us insight into the man and the times. Well done.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Plymouth Rock Landed on Us!!

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    mnillaman
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    This is a classic must have. Though based a true story there were some stuff I always find hilarious in the movie. Aside from that, get this and add it to the archives or collection. It's deep movie of Malcolm X. Bless his soul and thanks Denzel for fulfilling the role in the movie with your talent.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great knowledge & gave another look at Malcom X

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    Waszak1977
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    As much as I already knew about Malcom X there is always another medium where you can learn more. Seeing the boy develope into a racist Muslim twisted by puppet masters come into his own and preach unity was a ruff journey and watching it showed a dark side to racism on both sides of the color wheel....

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent biographical drama.

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    RaynMan2142
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    A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Truth and Lies

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    scott
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    This truly defines all the different changes that Malcom X went through in his lifetime . In the end he discovers to late that even people trying to do good will lie in order to promote themselves . He learns too late that violence will be used by any color to keep hate alive .

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great portrayal

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    slick1
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    This is a terrific movie that captures the life of an iconic individual in a way that I think most people are unaware. Give a shot and it may just change your mind about the man who fought for equality in a time of unacceptance.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Engrossing

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    movieking
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    Fantastic movie! Densel fantastic! The life of Malcolm X from his early days as a child to his death is brilliantly and colorfully laid out by Spike Lee. Music of the the time is wonderful, A Classic!.

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