Malcolm X

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Writer-director Spike Lee's epic portrayal of the life and times of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X begins with the cross-cut imagery of the police beating of black motorist Rodney King juxtaposed with an American flag burning into the shape of the letter X. When the film's narrative begins moments later, it jumps back to World War II-era Boston, where Malcolm Little (Denzel Washington) is making his living as a hustler. The son of a Baptist preacher who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, Little was raised by foster parents after his mother was deemed clinically insane; as an adult, he turned to a life of crime, which leads to his imprisonment on burglary charges. In jail, Little receives epiphany in the form of an introduction to Islam; he is especially taken with the lessons of Elijah Mohammed, who comes to him in a vision. Adopting the name 'Malcolm X' as a rejection of the 'Little' surname (given his family by white slave owners), he meets the real Elijah Mohammed (Al Freeman, Jr.) upon exiting prison, and begins work as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Marriage to a Muslim nurse named Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett) follows, after which X spearheads a well-attended march on a Harlem hospital housing a Muslim recovering from an episode of police brutality. The march's success helps elevate X to the position of Islam's national spokesperson. There is dissension in the ranks, however, and soon X is targeted for assassination by other Nation leaders; even Elijah Mohammed fears Malcolm's growing influence. After getting wind of the murder plot, X leaves the Nation of Islam, embarking on a pilgrimage to Mecca that proves revelatory; renouncing his separatist beliefs, his oratories begin embracing all races and cultures. During a 1965 speech, Malcolm X is shot and killed, reportedly by Nation of Islam members. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Grouping Titlemalcolm x
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auth_author2Bassett, Angela,
Bassett, Angela.
Blanchard, Terence,
Blanchard, Terence.
Freeman, Al, Jr., 1934-2012,
Freeman, Al, Jr., 1934-2012.
Haley, Alex.
Hall, Albert,
Hall, Albert.
Lee, Spike,
Lee, Spike.
Lindo, Delroy, 1952-
Perl, Arnold,
Perl, Arnold.
Washington, Denzel, 1954-
Worth, Marvin,
Worth, Marvin.
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965.
author2-roleBassett, Angela,actor.
Bassett, Angela.
Blanchard, Terence,composer.
Blanchard, Terence.
Forty Acres & a Mule Filmworks.
Freeman, Al,Jr.,1934-2012,actor.
Freeman, Al,Jr.,1934-2012.
Haley, Alex.
Haley, Alex.Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Hall, Albert,actor.
Hall, Albert.
Largo International N.V.
Lee, Spike,screenwriter,director.
Lee, Spike.
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Perl, Arnold,screenwriter.
Perl, Arnold.
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- )
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Washington, Denzel,1954-
Washington, Denzel,1954-actor.
Worth, Marvin,producer.
Worth, Marvin.
X, Malcolm,1925-1965.Autobiography of Malcolm X.
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subject_facetAfrican Americans -- Biography -- Drama
African Americans -- Drama
African Americans -- Race identity -- Drama
African Americans -- Race relations -- Drama
Asesinato -- Estados Unidos -- Teatro
Assassination -- United States -- Drama
Biographical films
Black Muslims -- Biography -- Drama
Black Muslims -- Drama
Black Muslims -- Films
Civil rights workers -- United States -- Drama
Feature films
Fiction films
Films for the hearing impaired
Historical films
Little, Malcolm, -- 1925-1965 -- Films
Martyrs -- United States -- Drama
Mártires -- Estados Unidos -- Teatro
Sunnites -- United States -- Drama
United States -- History -- 1961-1969 -- Drama
United States -- Race relations -- Drama
Video recordings
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
X, Malcolm, -- 1925-1965. -- Drama
title_displayMalcolm X
title_fullMalcolm X [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Largo International N.V., a 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production, a Marvin Worth production, a Spike Lee joint ; produced by Marvin Worth and Spike Lee ; screenplay by Arnold Perl and Spike Lee ; directed by Spike Lee
Malcolm X [videorecording] / Warner Bros. presents in association with Largo International N.V. ; a 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; produced by Marvin Worth and Spike Lee ; screenplay by Arnold Perl and Spike Lee ; directed by Spike Lee
Malcolm X [videorecording] / Warner Brothers Pictures ; Warner Bros. presents in association with Largo International N.V. ; a 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; a Marvin Worth production ; a Spike Lee Joint ; screenplay by Arnold Perl and Spike Lee ; produced by Marvin Worth and Spike Lee ; directed by Spike Lee
title_shortMalcolm X
topic_facetAfrican Americans
Black Muslims
Civil rights workers
Little, Malcolm
Race identity
Race relations
X, Malcolm