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Malcolm X Movie Review Summary

Actors: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett

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Biopic on the life and times of Malcolm X. Starting out as a small time criminal, he gets convicted to a jail sentence. In jail he converts to islam and becomes aware of racial isssues, and the need to address those. When he gets out, he becomes a leader of the Nation of Islam movement. Because of a falling out with other leaders of the movement, he leaves the Nation of Islam and proceeds to fight for civil rights for African-Americans on his own. A hadj to Mecca, makes him change his mind about how to bring about the changes he deems necessary in that respect. He is assassinated in 1965.
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Best part of story, including ending: It's a story well-told, beautifully filmed and acted, but it's not a story to like or hate, because it is someone's life. This is how it was, what the reality of it was, back in the day.

Best scene in story: The scene where Malcolm X (Denzel Washington) and his friend (Spike Lee) are walking down the street in the beginning of the movie, as they are going out for a night on the town. They way they are dressed, the silly walk they do. They are going to have a good time, that's for sure.

Opinion about the main character: He fought for civil rights, even if it killed him. He was one of the leaders of the civil rights movement, who brought about a sense of awareness, a sensitivity to the subject, and some real changes towards equal rights.

The review of this Movie prepared by Benten a Level 8 Sooty Shearwater scholar

Script Analysis of Malcolm X

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   racism! Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American Black

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american

Setting

United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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