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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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Denzel Washington

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Antwone Fisher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Luke ... Antwone Fisher
Malcolm David Kelley ... Antwone Fisher Age 7
Cory Hodges Cory Hodges ... Antwone Fisher Age 14
Denzel Washington ... Dr. Jerome Davenport
Joy Bryant ... Cheryl Smolley
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Berta Davenport (as Salli Richardson)
Leonard Earl Howze ... Pork Chop
Kente Scott ... Kansas City (as Kenté Scott)
Kevin Connolly ... Slim
Rainoldo Gooding Rainoldo Gooding ... Grayson
Novella Nelson ... Mrs. Tate
Stephen Snedden ... Berkley
Leo Nepomuceno Leo Nepomuceno ... SP #1
Sung Kang ... Receptionist
Cordell Stokes Cordell Stokes ... Keith Age 5
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Storyline

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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Antwone Fisher is at war... with himself. See more »

Genres:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Fox [France] | Fox [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

10 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fish See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Derek Luke was working at the Sony Studios gift shop, when he met Antwone Fisher, who was working on the lot as a security guard. When Fisher's screenplay was bought by Fox Searchlight, Luke asked Fisher for a copy of the script. He went to the casting director unannounced and asked to audition. He has since admitted "I was so terrible, I started crying" but Luke was invited to audition again. Denzel Washington came to the gift shop to tell Luke that he got the part. See more »

Goofs

When Antwone and the doctor are leaving his house, Antwone is on the right of him, but junior military members are to be on the left and abreast with the senior member. See more »

Quotes

Antwone Fisher: Where's your wife?
Jerome Davenport: She couldn't make it. Sends along her congratulations. A small gift for you.
[hands Antwone a book]
Antwone Fisher: [reads book cover] The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey. Thank you sir.
Jerome Davenport: You're welcome.
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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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Referenced in IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Dulé Hill (2010) See more »

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A moving story for adoptees
17 January 2003 | by esargentSee all my reviews

I was adopted at birth and certainly did NOT have the problems Antwone fisher had in the movie, but I still share some of the emotions and this movie really helped to bring them out and force me to deal with them. It even caused me to realize that I do have a "missing piece" and I am going to seek out my birthparents now.

I cried for almost a day after I saw this the first time. Antwone's confrontation with his birthmother juxtaposed with his father's family's reaction to his sudden appearance are powerful for those of us who don't know what will happen if we find our birth parents. And his self-confidence and self affirmations to his mother and against the abusers of his past were so powerful. I could really identify with this and my need to tell people "yeah, I was put aside by my parents when I was born. BUT another set of parents picked me up and loved me. And now I am a success!"

It also helped my wife understand me and our adopted children, who did go through tragic experiences before they came to our home. And it helped me to realize just how messed up our social system is. If you remember reading the story last year about the foster kid in Florida who was "lost" AND then the "Miranda & Ashley" story in Oregon City where SCF ignored multiple sexual abuse complaints about the man who ultimately killed them AND the week this movie was released, yet another story in New Jersey of three kids who were ignored by the system. One died. The state apparently thought the home they were in was ok because the guardian was employed (as a stripper) and "only occasionally" used heroin!

There are just so many issues that are brought out in this movie - and they are dealt with so well by the script and by the acting that Antwone Fisher should be a "Best Picture" nominee for sure. No matter if you are adopted or not, it is a heart-tugger that can't be ignored by anyone concerned about children in our society.


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