Malcolm X (1992) is a biographical film about Malcolm X, an African-American activist. Spike Lee directs the movie, and Spike Lee and Arnold Perl do the screenplay. Malcolm X is based on The Autobiography of Malcolm X, written by Alex Haley and Malcolm X. Ernest Dickerson does the cinematography for the movie. The movie’s running time is 201 minutes, and it collected $73 million over a budget of $35 million.
Release of Malcolm X
The movie came out on November 18, 1992, and was highly appreciated by both audiences and critics.
Malcolm X Review: Skip it or Watch it?
This movie is basically a tribute to an African- American black activist who fought for black liberation. Malcolm was born and raised in rural Michigan. When he was small, their house was burnt, and his father was killed for being a black activist. Later on, his death was said to be suicide and was also registered by the same.
After all this, his mother’s mental condition deteriorated, and later she was admitted to a mental institution. Malcolm and his siblings are put in protective care, and he turns out to be good in his studies and dreams to be a lawyer. However, he is discouraged by his teacher owing to him being black.
Further, we see his journey, his love life, and how he turns out to be a great black activist leader.
Our Take On the Movie
You should definitely watch this movie and see Malcolm grow into what he is known for today.
The Cast of Malcolm X
The movie stars Denzel Washington, Albert Hall, Angela Bassett, Al Freeman Jr., Spike Lee, and Delroy Lindo.
We see Denzel Washington in the role of Malcolm X, the main character. Angela Bassett is seen as Betty Shabazz, who is professionally a nurse and later marries Malcolm. Albert Hall is seen as Baines, who mentors and concerts Malcolm to Islam. Al Freeman Jr. is seen in the role of Elijah Muhammad, who is the leader of the Nation of Islam.
Delroy Lindo plays the character of Archie, a gangster who takes Malcolm under him. Spike Lee is seen as Shorty, a close friend of Malcolm. Theresa Randle is seen in the character of Laura, Malcolm’s crush or previous love interest. Kate Venom is seen in the role of Sophia, Malcolm’s partner in crime and lover.
The movie’s supporting cast includes names like Christopher Plummer, Ernest Lee Thomas, Lonette McKee, Giancarlo Esposito, Tommy Hollis, Wendell Pierce, Leland Gantt, Leonard L. Thomas, Roger Huenveur Smith, Shirley Stoler, Walter Eamuel Jones, and many more.
Awards won by Malcolm X
Malcolm X has won several awards, including the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, won by Denzel Washington, and his nomination in Academy Award for Best Actor. It was also selected to be preserved in the US National Film Registry.
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