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Antwone Fisher (2002)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antwone Fisher Age 7
Cory Hodges ...
Antwone Fisher Age 14
Berta Davenport (as Salli Richardson)
Pork Chop
Kansas City (as Kenté Scott)
Rainoldo Gooding ...
Mrs. Tate
Leo Nepomuceno ...
SP #1
Cordell Stokes ...
Keith Age 5


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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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »


Box Office


$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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Denzel Washington's debut as a movie director. See more »


When talking to his mother, Antwone puts his hand on her shoulder. In the next shot, it is not there. See more »


Jerome Davenport: "Who will cry for the little boy, lost and all alone / Who will cry for the little boy, abandoned without his own"
Antwone Fisher: "Who will cry for the little boy, he cried himself to sleep / Who will cry for the little boy, who never had it for keeps / Who will cry for the little boy, who walked on burning sands / Who will cry for the little boy, the boy inside a man / Who will cry for the little boy, who knew well hurt and pain / Who will cry for the little boy, who died and died again / Who will cry for ...
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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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Written by Sergent García (as Bruno Garcia), Pierre-Luc Jamain (as Pierre Luc Jamain),
Liván Núñez Alemán (as Livan Nunez), Vincent Jogerst and Simon Andrieux
Performed by Sergent García (as Sergent Garcia)
Courtesy of Labels/Virgin France S.A. under exclusive license to Higher Octave World, a division of Higher Octave Music Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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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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