History Film / AmericanHistoryX

15th Nov '17 2:48:26 AM Fireblood
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* StereotypeFlip: The black inmates not taking their revenge on Derek, after the Aryan Brotherhood has dumped him.

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* StereotypeFlip: The black inmates not taking their revenge on Derek, after the Aryan Brotherhood has dumped him. He later learns Lamont protected him from them, and this further leads to an erosion of his racist views.



* StupidCrooks: Lamont is hesitant to tell Derek about how he got in prison because it was by robbing a TV store... [[DonutMessWithACop next to a doughnut shop]]. However, this leads into a darker reveal when Lamont tells Derek that the racist cops conspired to get him a very harsh sentence because the stolen TV that Lamont was holding accidentally fell on one of the officer's feet, and they wanted payback.

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* StupidCrooks: Lamont is hesitant to tell Derek about how he got in prison because it was by robbing a TV store... [[DonutMessWithACop next to a doughnut shop]]. However, this leads into a darker reveal when Lamont tells Derek that the racist cops conspired to get him a very harsh sentence because the stolen TV that Lamont was holding accidentally fell on one of the officer's feet, and they wanted payback.paybackm which they got by falsely claiming this was deliberate, making it an assault.



* TragicBigot: Derek became a Neo-Nazi after his father, a fireman, was murdered by black drug dealers when he tried to extinguish a fire. [[spoiler:Although the end of the movie shows that dear old dad was already planting some racist thoughts in a young Derek's mind prior to dad's death. These were ''far less'' racist and hurtful things than what Derek later wound up swallowing wholesale from the Neo-Nazis, but nonetheless...]]

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* TragicBigot: Derek became a Neo-Nazi after his father, a fireman, was murdered by black drug dealers when he tried to extinguish a fire.fire at a crack house. [[spoiler:Although the end of the movie shows that dear old dad was already planting some racist thoughts in a young Derek's mind prior to dad's death. These were ''far less'' racist and hurtful things than what Derek later wound up swallowing wholesale from the Neo-Nazis, but nonetheless...]]
16th Jul '17 11:33:45 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* TheAtoner: Derek at first was a violent and racist {{Jerkass}}, but he tries to save his little brother from the same fate once he gets out of prison.
** However, Derek still bears the consequences of his legacy, as illustrated by his swastika tatoo [[spoiler:and ultimately his brother's death]].

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* TheAtoner: Derek at first was a violent and racist {{Jerkass}}, but he tries to save his little brother from the same fate once he gets out of prison.
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prison. However, Derek still bears the consequences of his legacy, as illustrated by his swastika tatoo [[spoiler:and ultimately his brother's death]].



** Derek himself becomes a crazed racist. He ultimately grows out of it.



* BeingEvilSucks: Derek turns away from his neo-Nazi lifestyle as he realizes how unhappy and crappy it has made his life:
-->"And I kept asking myself all the time, how did I buy into this shit? It was because I was pissed off, and nothing I ever did ever took that feeling away. I killed two guys, Danny, I killed them. And it didn't make me feel any different. It just got me more lost and I'm tired of being pissed off, Danny. I'm just tired of it."
** The ArmourPiercingQuestion that prompts his HeelFaceTurn; "Has anything you've done made your life any better?" essentially marks the contrast between this trope and EvilFeelsGood.

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* BeingEvilSucks: Derek turns away from his neo-Nazi lifestyle as he realizes how unhappy and crappy it has made his life:
-->"And
life: "And I kept asking myself all the time, how did I buy into this shit? It was because I was pissed off, and nothing I ever did ever took that feeling away. I killed two guys, Danny, I killed them. And it didn't make me feel any different. It just got me more lost and I'm tired of being pissed off, Danny. I'm just tired of it."
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" The ArmourPiercingQuestion that prompts his HeelFaceTurn; "Has anything you've done made your life any better?" essentially marks the contrast between this trope and EvilFeelsGood.



* BlatantLies: "I want to talk to my brother. Seth, go wait in Danny's room. '''I'm glad to see you. I'm glad to see you, man.'''"

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* BlatantLies: "I want to talk to my brother. Seth, go wait in Danny's room. '''I'm I'm glad to see you. I'm glad to see you, man.'''""



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Derek loves his family. He turned to Neo-Nazism from grief over his father. Even in his most militantly racist, he's around to "protect" his mother from a liberal, Jewish suitor. {{Deconstructed}}, as he may love his mother, but the mother in question despises him for his racist actions and spitefully tells him that [[IHaveNoSon she's ashamed he came out of her body]]. They reconcile later on as Derek loses his Neo-Nazi ways, though.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Derek loves his family. He turned to Neo-Nazism from grief over his father. Even in his most militantly racist, he's around to "protect" his mother from a liberal, Jewish suitor. {{Deconstructed}}, as he may love his mother, but the mother in question she despises him for his racist actions and spitefully tells him that [[IHaveNoSon she's ashamed he came out of her body]]. They reconcile later on as Derek loses his Neo-Nazi ways, though.



* FreudianExcuse: Derek's father was a kind of Archie Bunker-style blue collar racist who plants the seeds for Derek's future political views. When his father is murdered by black gang members, Derek interprets this as an indication that his father's racial politics were right all along.

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* FreudianExcuse: Derek's father was a kind of an [[Series/AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker-style Bunker]]-style blue collar racist who plants the seeds for Derek's future political views. When his father is murdered by black gang members, Derek interprets this as an indication that his father's racial politics were right all along.



* GoodScarsEvilScars: Cameron sports a villainous-looking scar above his lip.
7th Mar '17 3:09:38 PM ThePest179
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** However, Derek still bears the consequences of his legacypast, as illustrated by his swastika tatoo [[spoiler:and ultimately his brother's death]].

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** However, Derek still bears the consequences of his legacypast, legacy, as illustrated by his swastika tatoo [[spoiler:and ultimately his brother's death]].



* AxesAtSchool: [[spoiler: Danny is shot to death in the school bathroom by a black kid he had earlier dissed.]]



* CoolOldGuy: Sweeney.

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* %%* CoolOldGuy: Sweeney.



* DeadManWriting: The ending.

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* %%* DeadManWriting: The ending.



* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The flashbacks.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The flashbacks.flashbacks to Derek's past are all monochrome.



* {{Jerkass}}: Almost all of the characters. But Derek himself counts, at first.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Almost all A great deal of the characters. But Derek himself counts, at first.



* PsychologistTeacher: Dr. Sweeney chose to be the principal of a Venice Beach high school despite his high credentials and is a law enforcement liaison on the local youth gang activity. He is familiar enough with the Vinyard family that he goes through some effort to turn the two sons Derek and Danny away from their Neo-Nazi racism, but he makes it clear that [he's not a saint; his help is not unconditional and the Vinyards ultimately have to effect their own salvation.

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* PsychologistTeacher: Dr. Sweeney chose to be the principal of a Venice Beach high school despite his high credentials and is a law enforcement liaison on the local youth gang activity. He is familiar enough with the Vinyard family that he goes through some effort to turn the two sons Derek and Danny away from their Neo-Nazi racism, but he makes it clear that [he's he's not a saint; his help is not unconditional and the Vinyards ultimately have to effect their own salvation.
23rd Jan '17 9:10:06 PM starwolf
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''American History X'' is a 1988 crime drama film directed by Tony Kane.

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''American History X'' is a 1988 1998 crime drama film directed by Tony Kane.
22nd Jan '17 7:26:38 PM Mdumas43073
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''American History X'' is a crime drama film made in 1998.

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''American History X'' is a 1988 crime drama film made in 1998.
directed by Tony Kane.
7th Dec '16 5:35:51 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* RapePortrayedAsRedemption: After Derek is {{prison rape}}d by his "comrades" for associating with a black inmate (ironically, the man who rapes him deals with a Mexican), it's one of the turning points for him abandoning his Neo-Nazi ways. The rape occurs because Derek, as a Neo-Nazi who got his start before going to prison, disapproves of the prison Neo-Nazis associating with non-whites. They later rape him to teach him a lesson.

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* RapePortrayedAsRedemption: After Derek is {{prison rape}}d by his "comrades" for associating with a black inmate (ironically, [[{{hypocrite}} the man who rapes him deals with a Mexican), Mexican]]), it's one of the turning points for him abandoning his Neo-Nazi ways. The rape occurs because Derek, as a Neo-Nazi who got his start before going to prison, disapproves of the prison Neo-Nazis associating with non-whites. They later rape him to teach him a lesson.
26th Oct '16 12:38:13 PM Sunburst
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** However, Derek still bears the consequences of his legacypast, as illustrated by his swastika tatoo [[spoiler:and ultimately his brother's death]].
4th Oct '16 5:34:37 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RevisedEnding: [[spoiler:The original ending was of Derek standing in front of a mirror, shaving his head after Danny was shot. This was to make sense of the endless cycle of violence and tie the otherwise disjointed plot together but was removed after Creator/EdwardNorton objected]].
4th Oct '16 12:56:04 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ReCut: Differences between the theatrical cut and the workprint can be found here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120586/alternateversions?ref_=tttrv_sa_4.
18th Sep '16 11:32:12 PM ManOfSin
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* BlackComedyRape: {{Subverted}}. When Derek meets Cameron again after his release from prison, Cameron jokes about Derek's PrisonRape. It's only used to highlight Cameron as a {{Jerkass}}; the rape itself is portrayed [[RapeAsDrama dramatically]].
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