Black Star

Malcolm X

Spike LeeUSA202 minutes1992PGColourB&WEnglish

Nov 18
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Based on the iconic activist and orator's 1965 autobiography (co-written with future Roots author Alex Haley), Spike Lee's epic, continent-hopping biopic is a staggering achievement. Malcolm X follows its subject's conversion from street hustler to fiery street-corner speaker and nationally recognized figure, through his break with the Black Muslims and journey to Mecca, which led to profound changes in his perceptions of racism and Islam. In one of the great screen performances of the 1990s, Denzel Washington embodies Malcolm with conviction, force, and dignity; Angela Bassett is also terrific as activist Betty Shabazz, Malcolm's wife and confidante.