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3.0 out of 5 stars
Good, but I strongly recommend the book., 30 Nov. 2001
The combination of one of the greatest figures from the 20th century, a fine director in Spike Lee and an Oscar nominated performance from Denzel Washington should have resulted in a far better film than this. Don't get me wrong this is a good film but the book it is adapted from, 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' written with Alex Haley is one of the greatest books I have ever read. At over three hours it is true that this is a long film but it does still skip over a lot of Malcolm's earlier life and the conversion he goes through on his pilgrimage. So I recommend the film for Washington's performance if nothing else but with the book you get a far greater insight into the life of Malcolm X. Just to add I think a real opportunity has been missed with the DVD release. The inclusion of a theatrical trailer aside there are no extra features. Director's commentary, Malcolm X footage and interviews could have really made this DVD.