World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
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
The first time that Denzel Washington appears in a Best Picture Oscar nominee since A Soldier's Story (1984), a gap of 32 years. It is also the first time he is the lead actor in a movie nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. See more »
When Cory appears in 1962 in his Marine Corps dress blues, he has the Vietnam Service Ribbon, not established until 1965. See more »
[riding their garbage truck job]
Troy, you oughta stop that lyin'.
I ain't lyin'. The nigger had a watermelon this big. Talkin' about "What watermelon, Mr. Rand?" I liked to fell out... "What watermelon, Mr. Rand?" And it's sittin' there bigger than life.
What Mr. Rand said?
He said nuthin'. He figured the nigger too dumb to know he carryin' a watermelon, he wouldn't get no sense out of 'im. Trying to hide that great big watermelon under his coat. Afraid to let the white man see him...
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Denzel Washington as Director and lead actor of the movie Fences is excellent. Denzel Washington as a middle aged Troy Maxson and his wife Viola Davis as Rose Maxson seemed too real. Perfect mannerisms of a black, happy husband and wife. Stephen Henderson ( seen recently in Manchester by the sea)as Troy's friend for years was terrific. Troy, disciplined in his own way, has his share of foibles. Rose recognizes his pitfalls and is strong in her own opinions about how people have to be dealt with. Rose shows her maternal instincts in dealing with Troy's mentally disturbed brother Gabriel. Rose is lovable and kind . Rose respects Troy's son Lyons. And then of course their son Cory who is not too happy with dad's interference in his desire to play football. Rose does extremely well in taking care of Raynell because she is motherless and does not hesitate telling her husband Troy that now he has no woman in his life. Script is great . I enjoyed the screenplay , Direction, acting . Oscar worthy. Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson... terrific.
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