is also an important film because, if examined closely, it shows the interconnection of oppressions.
It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and features Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott Gould, Avery Brooks, Ethan Suplee, and Beverly D'Angelo.
The film was released in the United States on October 30, 1998, and was distributed by New Line Cinema.
He is given a job in the prison laundry and assigned to be the partner of Lamont, a black man who was serving six years for robbery and assaulting a police officer, although Lamont strongly implies that the latter was a trumped-up charge.
At first, Derek is silent and standoffish to Lamont, wanting nothing to do with a black man.
The pair later developed a rapport over their shared love of basketball.
After about a year, Derek becomes disillusioned by the politics of prison gangs.
Sweeney informs him of Danny's involvement with the D. C., and warns that he is on the same path as Derek. Derek admits he knows this but replies that if they're going to come for him, there's nothing he can do about it. He spends the remainder of his time in prison alone, reading books that Sweeney sends him. - frequently visits their house and openly berates and disrespects the female members of the Vinyard family whilst simultaneously grooming Danny.
He says that his help is not free, and will need to be repaid by Derek's active decrying of the D. On his morning of release, he bids goodbye to Lamont and says that he thinks that Lamont may be the reason for him not getting attacked. Both Seth and Danny are being closely controlled by Cameron.
Derek coldly replies that he'll be gone in the morning, with his antagonistic girlfriend Stacy announcing to his family that he can move in with her.
That night, an opportunistic gang of black men made up of the Crips Derek earlier insulted on the basketball court attempt to steal Derek's truck. Derek shoots and kills one of the thieves and curb stomps another (this was the opening scene of the film), leading to a sentence of three years in the California Institution for Men for voluntary manslaughter.