Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did.

  1. David McKenna

    Author, Screenplay

  2. Tony Kaye


Top Billed Cast

  1. Edward Norton

    Edward Norton

    Derek Vinyard

  2. Edward Furlong

    Edward Furlong

    Danny Vinyard

  3. Beverly D'Angelo

    Beverly D'Angelo

    Doris Vinyard

  4. Avery Brooks

    Avery Brooks

    Dr. Bob Sweeney

  5. Jennifer Lien

    Jennifer Lien

    Davina Vinyard

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American History X
American History X


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Release Information

  • October 30, 1998
    Theatrical (limited)


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

  • November 20, 1998


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 59m

Budget $20,000,000.00

Revenue $23,875,127.00

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