Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.
“Brilliant and singularly charismatic, Malcolm X remains one of the most misunderstood leaders of the 20th century. His most famous statement, that American blacks should fight for their rights ”by any means necessary,” has often been taken, at least by whites, simply as a declaration of tactical militance, a violent alternative to the civil disobedience advocated by Martin Luther King Jr. More than King, though, Malcolm was struggling not merely to win American blacks their rights but to alter their fundamental self-images as human beings. With his incisively honed anger, his words that sliced like a laser through centuries of oppression and slave psychology, he was really saying: Anyone who isn’t ready to fight for his dignity will, by definition, never have it.” Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“An ambitious, tough, seriously considered biographical film that, with honor, eludes easy characterization.” Vincent Camby, New York Times
“Lee has chosen a big subject and, with his quirky talent, has done it superb justice.” Desson Thompson, Washington Post
“This is an extraordinary life, and Spike Lee has told it in an extraordinary film.” Roger Ebert
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