American History X entry portal for Whole-Movie ESL Lesson at Movies Grow English

Whole Movie Portal, ESL movie, American History X

(focus on race relations, gang culture)

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Contains 10 movie quotes & 12 Academic Words (AWL*).
A tale of two brothers:  Derek (Edward Norton), the elder, once a leader in a neo-nazi skinhead culture in Venice Beach, CA before he spends three years in prison for murder, and today he is released.  Younger brother Danny (Edward Furlong), already in trouble at school, can't understand why Derek has turned his back on his old friends.  Derek needs to convince Danny that there is a better way than the old one, before it's too late.  Rated R (120 min.) mike laib 2010.

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