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Good Fences (2003)

Good Fences is about an upwardly mobile black family for whom the American dream becomes a nightmare. Set in the 1970s, Tom Spader is an attorney who is determined to end what he has dubbed... See full summary »

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(as Ernest Dickerson)

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(novel), (teleplay)
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Tom Spader
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Mabel Spader
Zachary Simmons Glover ...
Tommy-Two (age 17)
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Ruth Crisp
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Stormy (age 17)
Ashley Archer ...
Stormy (age 13)
Marie V. Cruz ...
Mrs. Suziharo (as Marie Cruz)
Vincent McCurdy-Clark ...
Tommy-Two (age 12)
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Tina (as Marlyne Afflack)
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Governor's Wife (as Alex Amini)
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ...
Mabel's Mother
Matthew G. Brown ...
Tom Spader (as Matthew Brown)
Sandra Caldwell ...
Sylvia Falcon
Dustin Cass ...
Tom - age 10
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Billy
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Good Fences is about an upwardly mobile black family for whom the American dream becomes a nightmare. Set in the 1970s, Tom Spader is an attorney who is determined to end what he has dubbed "the colored man's losing streak." When his winning of a high-profile case thrusts him into the limelight, he decides to moves his wife and their two kids out of their mixed lower-middle-class town and into the posh enclave of Greenwich, Connecticut. Written by Patrick Spreng

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In Greenwich, no one can hear you scream.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality, some language and violence | See all certifications »
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2 February 2003 (USA)  »

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Second time Goldberg and Glover play husband and wife. The first in 80's film The Color Purple. See more »

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In one of the scenes where the family is gathered in front of the TV, the daughter, Stormy, is seen reading a magazine. On both the cover and the back cover of the magazine there is a clearly recognizable picture of supermodel Claudia Schiffer (active from 1988 on). The scene was supposed to be taking place around the time of the first airing of the TV series "Roots" - 1977. See more »

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References Sounder (1972) See more »

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i think that this was a very good movie
6 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i really in enjoyed watching this movie. like most of the people that watched it. i wasn't sure that i was getting. Whoopi Goldberg is a very funny comedian and she has done a lot of funny movies; i.e. sister act.

however this was not really comedy. it is a drama with comedic moments. so if your looking for a laugh riot then keep looking.

this movie is about a black family moving up from a nice neighborhood in the city to an upper middle class neighborhood. i would say more but it think it would spoil the movie. this movie does not just deal with race relations between whites and blacks, but also about relations with in the black community. i do think that it is worth a chance. if your not really interested in see another movie about race relations then this movie isn't for you


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