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Malcolm X (1992)

Director: Spike Lee     Starring: Denzel Washington
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40701841
UPC: 085393353124
UPC 14: 00085393353124
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Feared and revered, malcom x crystallized the hopes and dreams of blacks, demanding human rights for african americans during the racially tumultuous and divisive decades of this 1950s and 60s until his 1965 assassination in new york, at the age of thirty nine.

"A...measured and intelligent portrait...  Leonard Maltin
"Smashing. An event movie that lives up to the event.  Mike Clark, USA Today
"A spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change -- and surely Spike Lee's most universally appealing film.  Rita Kempley, Washington Post

Editor's Note
Spike Lee brings the life of African-American leader Malcolm X (an intense Denzel Washington in an Oscar-nominated performance) to the big screen in this sprawling, epic biographical drama. Born Malcolm Little, son of a Nebraska preacher, on May 19, 1925, he became one of the most militant leaders and charismatic spokesmen of the black liberation movement before his assassination at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965. The film sweeps through his early life as a small-time hustler and thief with his friend Shorty (Lee), his conversion to Islam in jail, and his subsequent life as a controversial spiritual leader and husband of Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett). Malcolm's tragic assassination is presented as a conspiracy of Nation of Islam leaders; the film shows how his philosophy has been realized in the lives of others who have been moved by his words. Filmed with great visual flair by Lee, the film is a work of entertainment as much as it is a historical artifact. Washington captures the spiritual conversion of the hero with a sincerity that is entirely as believable and ultimately moving as it was in the book that inspired the film, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Slip Sleeve

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/8/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 202 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1992
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3351
Video UPC UPC: 00085393353124
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Al Freeman, Jr.
Video Cast Info Albert Hall
Video Cast Info Angela Bassett
Video Cast Info Denzel Washington
Video Cast Info Alex Haley - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Barry Alexander Brown - Editor
Video Cast Info Ernest R. Dickerson - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Malcolm X - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Ruth E. Carter - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Spike Lee - Director
Video Cast Info Spike Lee, et al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Spike Lee, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Terence Blanchard - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Wynn Thomas - Production Designer
Plot Summary
The controversial chronicle of the life of spiritual and political leader, Malcolm X, assassinated at age 39 by black extremists, this well-made, epic film is directed by African-American auteur Spike Lee, garnering an Academy Award nomination for Denzel Washington as the charismatic leader.


Oscar (1993)
   Video Award Name Denzel Washington, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Ruth E. Carter, Nominee, Best Costume Design

Berlin International Film Festival (1993)
Video Award Name Denzel Washington, Winner, Best Actor

Casting Society Of America, USA (1993)
Video Award Name Robi Reed-Humes, Winner, Best Casting For Feature Film, Comedy

Golden Globe (1993)
   Video Award Name Denzel Washington, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama

MTV Award (1993)
Video Award Name Denzel Washington, Winner, Best Male Performance

Memorable Quotes

"We didn't land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us."---- Malcolm X (Denzel Washington)

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Triumphant....Denzel Washington gives the performance of the year..." 12/10/1992 p.192

USA Today
"...Washington's great performance dominates....MALCOLM X conveys its subject's magnetism and lifelong evolution, while forever synergizing its lead performer and his role..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 11/18/1992 p.1D

Entertainment Weekly
"...A triumph, an intimate and engrossing biographical saga....With MALCOLM X, Lee has created a galvanizing political tragedy..." 11/20/1993 p.68-70

Chicago Sun-Times
"...In a time when political currents are moving quickly, Lee is one of the few American filmmakers with the clout and the will to make a controversial film like this..." 12/27/1992 p.3

Total Film
"...It quivers with righteous rage. Washington is remarkable throughout..." 05/01/2000 p.122

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 9 of 10
Sweeping biography of the black leader, tracing his transformation from street hustler to prison inm - Leonard Maltin

Washington Post 8 of 10
The much-hyped Malcolm X happens to be a spiritually enriching testament to the human capacit - Rita Kempley

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Washington,Denzel
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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