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Malcolm X [DVD] [1992]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (125 out of 128)

    Special Features


    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 128 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      surprise ending

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      Rocky
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      Was so happy I was able to find this in Beat Buy!!!! Anyone who has shopped for this movie, KNOWS how difficult it is to find this movie. Price is definitely worth it. Besides coming with the Movie and the obvious special features, it features a whole other documentary that was published during the black panther era. I must stress that the extra documentary is EXTREMELY enlightening for any one who wants to know more about the time period leading up to Malcolms death. It features soooo much real footage showing the tensions between Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam/Fruit of Islam....id be lying to say the documentary does nit have more infirmation then the Malcolm X film itself (NO DISRESPECT TO MY MAN SPIKE LEE, I LOVE SPIKE LEE)...CANT STRESS ENOUGH GETTING THIS 2 DISC SET

      I 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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Long but worth it.

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      BrianHubler
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      This movie is longer than i remember. I was a much younger man when i caught this on HBO. Topping off at over 3 hrs its still worth a watch even repeatedly. Denzel's performance is powerful in this one. Not much for history as a rule. I still watch True Stories and Enjoy most of them. This enjoyment includes this film.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • 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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • 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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • 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....

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • 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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Respectful bio

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      Beaglex
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      The struggles that black people underwent might be a long lost memory, but it is worth it to keep fresh for younger generations. Malcolm X is not be the best role model to follow, but is part of the american history of the 20th century and as such worthy of study.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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