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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 »

Director:

Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)

Writers:

Erika Ellis (novel), Trey Ellis (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Danny Glover ... Tom Spader
Whoopi Goldberg ... Mabel Spader
Zachary Simmons Glover Zachary Simmons Glover ... Tommy-Two (age 17)
Mo'Nique ... Ruth Crisp
Ryan Michelle Bathe ... Stormy (age 17)
Ashley Archer Ashley Archer ... Stormy (age 13)
Marie V. Cruz Marie V. Cruz ... Mrs. Suziharo (as Marie Cruz)
Vincent McCurdy-Clark Vincent McCurdy-Clark ... Tommy-Two (age 12)
Marlyne Barrett ... Tina (as Marlyne Afflack)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Amini ... Governor's Wife (as Alex Amini)
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ... Mabel's Mother
Matthew G. Brown ... Tom Spader (as Matthew Brown)
Sandra Caldwell Sandra Caldwell ... Sylvia Falcon
Dustin Cass Dustin Cass ... Tom - age 10
Munro Chambers ... Billy
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, some language and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au-delà des barrières See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 Dallas (1978) See more »

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It lacked... everything.
11 June 2004 | by AnalogCafeSee all my reviews

I find myself wondering what the people who gave this a 10 saw in it that I didn't. This movie has a VERY hard time following and/or staying to a plot. If someone tells you it's a comedy, don't be fooled, it's about 98% percent odd-drama and 2% comedy. All actors turn in a great performance, that cannot be denied, however it seems like it really lost something somewhere. Don't know if the original script was good and it had to be edited down or what. This had potential, and instead it was really a flop. I would really like the hour and a half I invested in this movie back, but the video rental place doesn't do returns on time. Save your money and see something else.


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