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Malcolm X

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Original title
Malcolm X
Running time
193 min.
United States United States
Arnold Pee, Spike Lee (Biography: Alex Haley. Book: Malcolm X)
Terence Blanchard
Ernest R. Dickerson
Warner Bros., Largo International, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, JVC Entertainment Networks
Drama | Biography. Racism
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Alex Haley Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Spike Lee brings the life of African-American leader Malcolm X (an intense Denzel Washington in an Oscar-nominated performance) to the big screen in this sprawling, epic biographical drama. Born Malcolm Little, son of a Nebraska preacher, on May 19, 1925, he became one of the most militant leaders and charismatic spokesmen of the black liberation movement before his assassination at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965. The film sweeps through his early life as a small-time hustler and thief with his friend Shorty (Lee), his conversion to Islam in jail, and his subsequent life as a controversial spiritual leader and husband of Betty Shabazz (Angela Bassett). Malcolms tragic assassination is presented as a conspiracy of Nation of Islam leaders; the film shows how his philosophy has been realized in the lives of others who have been moved by his words. Filmed with great visual flair by Lee, the film is a work of entertainment as much as it is a historical artifact. Washington captures the spiritual conversion of the hero with a sincerity that is entirely as believable and ultimately moving as it was in the book that inspired the film, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X.
1992: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Actor (Denzel Washington), Costume Design
1992: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Actor Drama (Denzel Washington)
1992: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Denzel Washington)
1992: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Actor (Washington)
1993: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actor (Denzel Washington)
1993: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Picture & Actor (Washington). 6 Nom.
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