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Antwone Fisher (2002)

Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins.

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Antwone Fisher Age 7
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Antwone Fisher Age 14
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Berta Davenport (as Salli Richardson)
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Pork Chop
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Kansas City (as Kenté Scott)
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Slim
Rainoldo Gooding ...
Grayson
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Mrs. Tate
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Berkley
Leo Nepomuceno ...
SP #1
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Cordell Stokes ...
Keith Age 5
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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 Anonymous

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Fight fear. Face truth. Embrace life. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for violence, language and mature thematic material involving child abuse | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Finding Fish  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$210,013, 22 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,078,145, 11 May 2003
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Trivia

Denzel Washington agreed to star in the movie mainly because he knew it was the only way it would get financed. See more »

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The ships seen out of the doctor's office kept changing. See more »

Quotes

Jerome Davenport: Where'd you spend your childhood?
Antwone Fisher: Cleveland.
Jerome Davenport: Parents still live there?
Antwone Fisher: I never had any parents.
Jerome Davenport: They deceased?
Antwone Fisher: I never - I never had parents.
Jerome Davenport: That would make you a medical miracle, Seaman Fisher. Where you from?
Antwone Fisher: I'm from under a rock.
[pause]
Jerome Davenport: Okay!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Laguna Sunrise
Written and Performed by Billy Martin
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
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The best psychological drama since "Ordinary People" and "Good Will Hunting"
30 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

ANTWONE FISHER (2002) **** Derek Luke, Denzel Washington, Joy Bryant, Salli Richardson, Leonard Howze, Kente Scott, Kevin Connolly, Rainoldo Gooding, Novella Nelso, Malcolm David Kelley, Cory Hodges, Stephen Snedden. Actor Denzel Washington makes a powerfully confident directorial debut in this biopic about a good young sailor in the navy (Luke in a truly stunning acting debut of award caliber excellence) – the eponymous film subject – whose past demons have nestled into nothing but troubles for him and with the assist of the outfit's psychiatrist (portrayed evenly by Washington) Fisher is able to gain a foothold on his present and more importantly, his future. Heartbreakingly poignant and all too knowing in its depiction of the triumph of the human spirit ; at the same time non-condescending nor preachy; the film unfolds like all good storytelling: naturally and effortlessly. Bryant also gives a remarkable debut turn as the young woman who sees Fisher for the man he is and nothing less. The real Fisher was a security guard @ Sony Pictures prompting Washington to make the movie and coincidentally Luke worked in the gift shop, an amateur actor in the making, who knew Fisher and the rest is history. One of the best films of the year.


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