Malcolm X (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

USA/Japan, 1992.  , , .  Screenplay by , Spike Lee, based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Spike Lee, , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Actor (Denzel Washington); Best Costume Design

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actor-Drama (Denzel Washington)

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