American History X script
Synopsis: Living a life marked by violence and racism, neo-Nazi Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) finally goes to prison after killing two black youths who tried to steal his car. Upon his release, Derek vows to change his ways; he hopes to prevent his younger brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), who idolizes Derek, from following in his footsteps. As he struggles with his own deeply ingrained prejudices and watches their mother grow sicker, Derek wonders if his family can overcome a lifetime of hate.

INT. HOUSE - CLOSED EYES

A young man's blue eyes slowly open. A girl moans from the next room.

EXT. STREET CORNER - A LARGE TIRE

turns the corner and splashes through a puddle from an

earlier rain. TUPAC SHAKUR blares from inside.

INT. HOUSE - TIGHT ON THE EYES

They snap wide as the young woman in the next room MOANS

even louder.

EXT. VENICE BEACH HOUSE - A WET NIGHT

A slight buzz emanates from the power lines and street

lights above the humble VINYARD household. A black FORD

BRONCO rests in the driveway.

EXT. WET STREET - A GRAY TRANS AM

TUPAC'S rapping builds. The window-tinted drive-by

slowly heads down the residential street, cruises past

the Bronco in the driveway, and slows to a stop. The

music stops and TWO BLACK MEN spring from the car.

They move with purpose. The larger figure, crowbar in

hand, moves to the truck. The GUN wielding passenger

hurries to the front door and stands guard. Inside the

car, another man methodically waits.

INT. BEDROOM - DANNY VINYARD'S EYES

The sex happening in the next room makes it difficult for

Danny to sleep. Next to a digital clock that reads

3:
07AM, the clean cut 14-year-old flips to his side.

A poster of Lee Ving of FEAR onstage, taped to the wall.

Pre-Calculus and Biology books on the floor. Cassettes

scattered on his tiny desk. A stereo in the corner.

The off-screen sound of breaking glass grabs Danny's

attention. He sits up and looks through the blinds.

EXT. HOUSE - SAME

Danny SEES a man reach through the broken window and

unlock the door. He quickly. pans to the idling Trans Am.

INT. DANNY'S BEDROOM - TIGHT ON DANNY

His fearful expression says it all.

DANNY:

Holy shit.

Danny quickly bolts out of his room and into the adjacent

bedroom down the hall. He barges through the door.

INT. DEREK'S BEDROOM - A NAZI IRON EAGLE BATTLE FLAG

It hangs above a serious computer and next to a giant,

tome-filled bookshelf. The moans, meanwhile, approach

orgasm.

TIGHT ON DEREK VINYARD. The young man has a shaved head,

a thick goatee, and a well-crafted SWASTIKA on his left

tit. On top of Derek in the bed is his barely-of-age

girlfriend, STACEY. The covers are completely off and a

BLACK ROSE is tattooed across her right shoulder blade.

Danny watches her fuck, only for a second.

DANNY:

(softly)

Der !

Danny walks over and shakes him. Startled, Derek

forcefully grabs his little brother's arm.

DEREK:

(controlled)

What?

Stacey stops and looks over. Frustated, she rolls off

Derek and onto her side.

STACEY:

Fucking pervert, Dan!

DANNY:

There's a black guy outside Der...

breaking into your car.

Derek, muscled and tattooed, jumps out of the bed and

quickly puts on his skivvies. He reaches under his

mattress, pulls out a SIG .45 semi-automatic pistol, and

shoves in a clip.

DEREK:

How long has he been out there?

DANNY:

Not long.

STACEY:

Who?

DEREK:

Nobody. Relax.

Stacey sits up quickly from the bed as Derek pulls on his

black combat boots.

STACEY:

Who's out there, Derek?

DEREK:

Not right now, honey.

(to Danny)

How many?

DANNY:

One...I think.

DEREK:

Is he strapped?

DANNY:

Hunh?

DEREK:

Does he have a fucking gun, Dan?

DANNY:

I'm not sure.

DEREK:

Is there a driver?

Danny nods his head yes.

DEREK:

Okay. Stay the luck here.

STACEY:

Derek? Be careful.

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David McKenna

David McKenna (born August 14, 1968) is an American screenwriter and producer. He worked as executive producer of E-Ring. He used the screen name Zachary Long for Bully. more…

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