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Tom Spader
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Mabel Spader
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Tommy-Two (age 17)
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Ruth Crisp
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Stormy (age 17)
Ashley Archer ...
Stormy (age 13)
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Tina (as Marlyne Afflack)
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Governor's Wife (as Alex Amini)
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Tom Spader (as Matthew Brown)
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Sylvia Falcon
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Tom - age 10
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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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Rated R for sexuality, some language and violence | See all certifications »
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2 February 2003 (USA)  »

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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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HORRIBLE! Avoid like the plague!
17 February 2004 | by (Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

OK, the box looks promising. Whoopi Goldberg standing next to Danny Glover parodying the famous farmer and his wife painting. Then you pop this baby in the DVD player and all hope is lost in less then five minutes. Supposed to be a comedy. And I must admit I did laugh once about ten minutes before the ending. This movie has the following elements: A battered and abused next door neighbor, a boring legal trial, racisim, talk of lynchings, and death and arson. Hilarious, huh? No, please, if you never listen to anyone's reviews, please do here. You cannot even force yourself to watch this crap. CRAP! I said it, CRAP! Whoever put there name on this should indeed sue.


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