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Fences (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 December 2016 (USA)
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A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

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(screenplay), (based upon his play "Fences")
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Jim Bono (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
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Cory
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Lyons
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Gabriel
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Raynell
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Deputy Commissioner
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Evangelist Preacher (as Leslie Boone)
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Garbage Truck Driver
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Troy Maxson makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's chance to meet a college football recruiter. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references | See all certifications »

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25 December 2016 (USA)  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$129,462 (USA) (16 December 2016)

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$57,642,961 (USA) (24 March 2017)
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Trivia

When Paramount Studios originally acquired the film rights to the play in 1987 with the involvement of Eddie Murphy, it was largely due to Murphy wanting to take on a more "serious" film role: that of the seventeen year-old son Cory. However, in 1987, Murphy was already a full decade older than the character of Cory, and the many filming delays meant that Murphy quickly aged out of eligibility for the role. See more »

Goofs

When Troy and Bono are talking, a tan 1955 Pontiac Chieftain two-door is parked at the curb. It has Buick Wildcat wheels, which were not introduced until 1961, well after the date the scene is set. See more »

Quotes

Troy: [around 12:15 Troy talking about Death] ... and me and him
[Death]
Troy: commenced to wrestling... we wrestled for
[calculating with his fingers]
Troy: ... carry the 6... three days and three nights
Bono: [laughing hysterically]
Rose: [cracking up laughing]
Troy: [still telling story holding bottle of gin in his left hand as Bono and Rose still laughing]
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 7 February 2017 (2017) See more »

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Day By Day
Written by Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl & Paul Weston
Performed by Jimmy Scott (Little Jimmy Scott)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A Bit Disappointed
20 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

I didn't like this movie as much as I expected to. Sorry. The movie centers around Troy Maxon (Denzel Washington), a father to two boys of different mothers, a husband to Rose (played wonderfully by Viola Davis) for the past 18 years, an ex-con, a garbage man, and above all, an ordinary black man in the 1950's.

No doubt it was a powerful script that most likely created an incredible play but it was not meant for the screen. It was obvious that it was a play, in the way they spoke and entered a room and carried themselves in a scene. I, of course, have not seen the play so I cannot speak with 100% certainty but I feel like the script wasn't adapted for the screen at all. It's not like it needed any major changes, just a few here and there to improve clarity. The passage of time confused me throughout. A scene would end and it would be the next day, then a minute passes and it abruptly jumps to six months later with no indication. This could be a statement on how his life passed quickly and routinely, but it felt like a swing and a miss for me.

Viola Davis was wonderful. She deserves every award coming her way. I could sing songs of praise about how magnificent she was. 10/10 for her. Beautiful.

Denzel Washington was certainly egging for an Oscar as he did what he did, but that's not degrading his performance. He did do good, but it was a bit distracting when he stole the show and didn't really let the other actors bounce off each other and him as much. It was all about him.

Even though I constantly found myself criticizing this movie, I did like it. It had a magnitude that I cannot explain, otherwise I would've given it a much lower rating. I recommend this if you are willing to. I will warn you, it is tough to sit through a movie with no one to root for. Washington's character is not a good person and very unlikable, you don't really want to cheer him on.


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