Synopsis: Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the Afro-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee, the film stars Denzel Washington in the title role, as well as Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman, Jr., and Delroy Lindo. Lee has a supporting role as Shorty, a character based partially on real-life acquaintance Malcolm "Shorty" Jarvis, a fellow criminal and jazz saxophonist. Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and future South Africa president Nelson Mandela have cameo appearances. This is the second of four film collaborations between Washington and Lee.
Actors: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr.
Production: Warner Bros.
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
202 min


Red's in the head, man.


You mean hiding in the head.


Hey, Red. Your man's here and waiting

on you.

His hands full, Cholly opens the door with his feet and

MALCOLM comes out, a big, gawky, bright-faced country boy,

wearing downhome clothes and an expression of apprehension.


Gonna get that first conk laid on,

hunh, Homeboy?


Man, don't scare him more than he's

scared already. Ain't too bad...

Malcolm allows himself to be led to an empty chair, where

Cholly drapes him with a double sheet, tucking it tightly

around his neck and adding a protective collar of paper.


...Like anything else. First time a

chick gets her cherry popped, she

might put up a little fight. But

pretty soon you can't give her enough.

Right, Homeboy?


Malcolm gulps, his eyes on the fuming mason jar.

Shorty starts massaging a great quantity of Vaseline into

Malcolm's scalp, covering his neck and ears as well. All the

men have gathered around, involved in the ritual. For Malcolm

it is closer to being a kind of execution.

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Spike Lee

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. more…

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