Malcolm X

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(out of 5)


Spike Lee’s biopic about the civil rights leader who rocked America in the sixties with his extreme politics and fiery speeches pays extremely just tribute to its subject: Lee has created a controversial film about a controversial man. The overly long three-hour running time follows Malcolm Little from his early days as a downtown thug through to his incarceration in prison where he discovered and converted to the Islamic faith. Following that it delves deeply into his activities as a political leader and renamed revolutionary, who offered African Americans an alternative to the more peaceful approach to Civil Rights advocacy that was being led by Martin Luther King, Jr. The pace lags at times, but Lee’s film looks great and is lorded over by a riveting performance by , who convinces you that he’s a better Malcolm X than the real thing ever was. Powerful, and, thanks to Lee’s integrity, always a challenging experience from beginning to end.


USA/Japan, 1992

Directed by 

Screenplay by , Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by

Cinematography by 

Film Festivals:  Berlin 1993


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Denzel Washington as “Malcolm X”)
Best Costume Design (Ruth Carter)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Denzel Washington)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Actor (Denzel Washington)
Best Supporting Actor (Delroy Lindo)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Berlin Film Festival Award
Silver Berlin Bear-Best Actor (Denzel Washington)

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Denzel Washington)


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