A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest to find the family he never knew. Written by
Derek Luke was working at the Sony Studios gift shop when he met Antwone Fisher who was working on the lot as a security guard. When Fisher's screenplay was bought by Fox Searchlight, Luke asked Fisher for a copy of the script. He went to the casting director unannounced and asked to audition. He has since admitted "I was so terrible I started crying" but Luke was invited to audition again. Denzel Washington came to the gift shop to tell Luke that he got the part. See more »
The character of "Antwone Fisher" is shown reporting to his psychiatrist while on restriction. Any military personnel on restriction (or, confinement) is not allowed to wander freely from their assigned duty station while on restriction unless escorted by another person of a higher-ranking paygrade, including medical appointments. See more »
It don't matter what you tried to do, you couldn't destroy me! I'm still standing! I'm still strong! And I always will be.
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Thanks to Commander, Navy Region Southwest; Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Navy ships USS Tarawa (LHA-1), USS Belleauwood (LHA-3), USS Nimitz (CVN-68), USS Constellation (CV-64) USS Peleliu (LHA-5). See more »
Apparently based on true events which, as told, has the clear ring of truth about it, this movie is highly emotional and deeply moving.
An abused and neglected child often becomes wayward in adulthood, as one of life's failures, be it as a gangster, drug addict or burden on society.
Antwone Fisher as a young adult in the navy, is troubled. He is on the brink of being a loser. He is counselled in therapy by a psychiatrist and it is that relationship which takes center stage in the play.
In flash-backs and therapy the source and remedies to Antwones angst are revealed.
Outstanding performances from the whole cast. The story is in effect a family tragedy with emotional and physical torment. All the actors give full blooded performances with conviction and realism.
One message from the movie is the importance of raising children decently.
The real Antwone deserves success. To have endured wickedness as a child but to rise above that, shows a magnificent character.
And to all those out there who have endured such torment but to have survived and succeeded: you are all winners. 10 out of 10.
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