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Antwone Fisher (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  10 January 2003 (USA)
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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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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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Rated PG-13 for violence, language and mature thematic material involving child abuse | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Finding Fish  »

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$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$210,013 (USA) (20 December 2002)


£59,976 (UK) (16 May 2003)

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De'aundre Bonds was initially given a role in the film. On the night that he learned he was awarded the role, he attended a family celebration and was involved in an altercation with his aunt's boyfriend. The altercation ended with Bonds stabbing the man to death. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison. 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 »


[Antwone's all-purpose conversation starter]
Antwone Fisher: I could eat.
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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 »


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A True Familial Drama
20 September 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The violent and rebel twenty-five years old sailor Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke) is sent to three sessions for evaluation with the navy psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington), after another outburst and aggression against a superior ranked navy man. Reluctant in the beginning of the treatment, he gets confidence in Dr. Davenport and discloses his childhood, revealing painful traumas generated in his foster house. Meanwhile, he meets Cheryl Smolley (Joy Briant), and they fall in love for each other. Resolving his personal problems, Antwone becomes a new man. This true familial drama is a touching and positive story of a man who finds a friend and is sent back to a regular life. The direction of Denzel Washington is excellent, making sensitive, attractive and with good taste, a story about child abuse. In the hands of another director, it might be a very heavy story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): 'Voltando a Viver' ('Returning to Live')

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