Malcolm X

Directed By: Spike Lee Starring: Denzel Washington

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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.


Studio Warner
SKU 40701841
UPC 085393353124
UPC 14 00085393353124
Format DVD
Release Date 2/8/2005
Rating Rating
Black Heritage
Black History Month
Personal Triumph
Race Relations
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "We didn't land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us."-- Malcolm X (Denzel Washington)
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
Spike Lee
Denzel Washington
Cast & Crew
Al Freeman, Jr. - Actor
Albert Hall - Actor
Alex Haley - Based on Novel By
Angela Bassett - Actor
Barry Alexander Brown - Editor
Denzel Washington - Actor
Ernest R. Dickerson - Cinematographer
Malcolm X - Based on Novel By
Ruth E. Carter - Costume Designer
Spike Lee - Director
Spike Lee, et al. - Screenplay
Spike Lee, et al. - Producer
Terence Blanchard - Musical Score
Wynn Thomas - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1992
Catalog ID 3351
UPC 00085393353124
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 202 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1993) Denzel Washington, Nominee, Best Actor,Ruth E. Carter, Nominee, Best Costume Design
Berlin International Film Festival (1993) Denzel Washington, Winner, Best Actor
Casting Society Of America, USA (1993) Robi Reed-Humes, Winner, Best Casting For Feature Film, Comedy
Golden Globe (1993) Denzel Washington, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama
MTV Award (1993) Denzel Washington, Winner, Best Male Performance
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Sweeping biography of the black leader, tracing his transformation from street hustler to prison inm
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review The much-hyped Malcolm X happens to be a spiritually enriching testament to the human capacit
Reviewer Rita Kempley
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Slip Sleeve
Product Attributes
Actor Washington,Denzel
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin A...measured and intelligent portrait...
Mike Clark, USA Today Smashing. An event movie that lives up to the event.
Rita Kempley, Washington Post A spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change -- and surely Spike Lee's most universally appealing film.

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