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Malcolm X [Widescreen]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 01/18/2000
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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

Scene Selections

0. Scene Selections
1. American nightmare (Credits). [2:47]
2. Boston: the Shorty treatment (Roll 'Em Pete). [4:22]
3. Early years. [2:54]
4. Dancing delirium (Flying Home). [3:25]
5. Laura and Sophia (Stardust, My Prayer) [4:43]
6. Cops and robbers; Earl's death. [1:22]
7. Sophia's story (Stairway to the Stars). [1:56]
8. "Save it for Mr. Right;" parceled out. [4:31]
9. Riding the rails (Drop Me Off in Harlem); Joe Louis' victory. [3:40]
10. West Indian Archie (Hamp's Boogie Woogie, Undecided Blues). [5:25]
11. New clothes, new lifestyle (Don't Cry Baby, Big Stuff). [4:33]
12. Familiar face, unfamiliar numbers (The Jitters, Feedin' the Blues). [5:43]
13. Under the gun (I Cover the Waterfront). [2:27]
14. "I'm a man." [1:57]
15. "I was an animal;" head man in charge (Undecided, Chew Chew Chew). [6:01]
16. The jig is up (Beans and Cornbread). [4:32]
17. Little's number. [4:37]
18. Malcolm meets Baines. [3:12]
19. Black and white. [6:05]
20. Behind the words. [3:24]
21. Vision of Elijah Muhammad. [5:36]
22. Color of Jesus. [2:05]
23. Malcolm meets Elijah. [1:54]
24. The preacher. [3:26]
25. Reunions with Shorty and Archie. [5:06]
26. Our women. [4:21]
27. One woman: Betty. [3:00]
28. Turnout for Brother Johnson. [5:31]
29. Potential young warrior. [2:28]
30. Pure vessed. [2:27]
31. "You're with me, even when you're away." [2:55]
32. Black intelligence. [5:51]
33. Media glare. [4:08]
34. Harvard; coming explosion. [6:30]
35. Possibility of betrayal. [7:30]
36. Baines' warning. [2:16]
37. Shattered faith (That Lucky Old Sun Just Rolls Around Heaven). [2:34]
38. JFK killed. [3:47]
39. Marked for death. [2:59]
40. Pilgrimage to Mecca. [3:32]
41. Among the pyradmids; letter home (Arabesque Cookie). [6:28]
42. Return home. [3:18]
43. Death threats; firebombing. [4:14]
44. Assassins. [:43]
45. "Peace be unto you." [1:25]
46. Death watch (Shotgun). [4:30]
47. February 21, 1965 (A Change Is Gonna Come). [3:08]
48. Audubon Ballroom backstage. [3:50]
49. Assassinated. [4:00]
50. Ossie Davis' eulogy. [3:21]
51. "I am Malcolm X;" Nelson Mandela. [1:21]
52. End Credits (Someday We'll All Be Free, Revolution). [9:19]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: January 18, 2000
  • MPAA Rating: PG13
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Length: 201 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel (5.1)
  • Format: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 1
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • UPC: 085391259626
  • Product ID: 1013739
  • Genre: Drama

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