"We didn't land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on us!" Spike Lee's acclaimed biopic of the iconic human rights activist Malcolm X is nearly inconceivable without the masterful, charismatic lead performance given by Denzel Washington, who won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and was Oscar®-nominated for his performance. The story arc traces Malcolm X's evolution from a drug dealer and street pimp to a convicted felon who, in prison, becomes a devoted follower of Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam, then a firebrand spokesperson for the organization, and finally, following his pilgrimage to Mecca, an enlightened Muslim calling for a new era of tolerance between all peoples — this coming shortly before he was murdered in 1965. The outstanding cast includes Angela Bassett as Malcolm X's wife Betty Shabazz, Delroy Lindo, Roger Guenveur Smith, Christopher Plummer, Giancarlo Esposito and Lee. DIR/SCR/PROD Spike Lee; SCR Arnold Perl, from "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" by Malcolm X and Alex Haley; PROD Marvin Worth. U.S., 1992, color, 202 min. RATED PG-13
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