Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) is a white supremacist, he dates a white supremacist Stacey (Fairuza Balk), and his views have made his brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), a white supremacist. One night, his car is broken into by some black men and, after Danny raises the alarm, Derek bursts out of their house and kills two of the three men - one with the famous Curb Stomp scene. Arrested at the scene of the crime, he gets taken away to a predominantly black prison. Flash forward three years. Derek is released from prison and Danny is getting in trouble at school for writing a paper about 'Mein Kampf'. Despite Danny being on almost the same path that his older brother took only a few years before, the principal of the school, Dr Bob Sweeney (Avery Brooks), firmly states that he won't give up on this Vinyard. He becomes Danny's personal teacher of a new class, American History X, and tells him to write a paper on his brother's incarceration. Danny goes off instead with Derek's old friends, Seth (Ethan Suplee) and Cameron (Stacy Keach), to party and show their hatred for the minorities in their community. But Derek won't let his brother follow too closely in his own footsteps, even if it means leaving behind the world he once ruled.
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A simply outstanding film. One that shows that Fight Club was not just a lucky break for Norton, he is just a brilliant actor. With such fantastic performances from the entire cast, it is hard to see anyone not thinking this film is a masterpiece of cinema. Watch it. Now.