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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

Writer:

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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Inspired by a true story. 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:

Finding 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

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

Goofs

When Davenport has a session with Antwone at his home, virtually all the props behind Davenport have minds of their own, including: the small dark table the fruit sits on, the lamp, a long table, which first is off to Davenport's rear-left with the lamp and some folders on it, then directly behind Davenport. Later, the folders move to Davenport's rear-right. Also, when Antwone first sits down he's holding his glass of cider but it suddenly appears on the desk in the very next shot. We would have seen him set it there because the scene has no breaks in it. The level of liquid seems to vary incorrectly in some shots. See more »

Quotes

[Antwone's all-purpose conversation starter]
Antwone Fisher: I could eat.
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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 Tales from the Script (2009) See more »

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The Humpty Dance
(1990)
Written by Shock-G (as Gregory Jacobs), George Clinton (as George Clinton Jr.),
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Performed by Digital Underground
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A classic `grab at your heart' story about a troubled young man's life and search for happiness.
14 July 2003 | by skomormjSee all my reviews

The protagonist, Antwone Fisher is played by the up and coming young actor, Derek Luke. Luke is a young sailor, filled with rage, easily provoked, and often unable to control his emotional outbursts. His temper soon earns him several mandatory sessions with a naval psychiatrist; played by Denzel Washington (he also directed the film). Early on, their personalities clash, but eventually Washington unlocks the two sources of Luke's anger-an abusive childhood and a pervading fear of being abandoned.

The film takes us on a journey of Luke's life, one marked by periods of intense loneliness and sadness while being driven by a constant search (an obsession) for family. It is through Luke's life that we learn that perseverance can carry us through the periods of darkness and eventually deliver some form of happiness

By counseling and befriending Luke, Washington enables him to deal with his lifelong sadness and move on. When the film wants to grab at your heart, it succeeds with good writing and convincing performances by Luke and Washington. In a graphic abuse scene from Luke's childhood, Washington artistically and gutterly insures that we not only empathize with Antwone, we personally experience his helplessness. This scene, which showcases Washington's directorial skill, places Luke in a full frontal position, trembling, with the whites of his eyes looking directly at the camera (the viewer). Anyone watching the screen can't help but be mesmerized by the abject fear in Luke's eyes.

As the film progresses, Washington, the director, introduces two minor twists to the plot. The first highlights Luke's reluctance to trust as he begins dating for the first time. This sub-point is purposeful and displays the infinite lingering effects of Luke's childhood on his adulthood. The second involves martial (family) problems within the psychiatrist's life which, while ironic, is never developed.

Much like his performance as a compassionate lawyer in Philadelphia, Denzel Washington's screen presence in Antwone Fisher commands our attention and emotions, leaving few dry eyes in the theater. This film's writing, direction and acting exposes our souls and grabs our hearts.


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