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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.

Director:

Denzel Washington

Writers:

August Wilson (screenplay by), August Wilson (based upon his play "Fences")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Denzel Washington ... Troy Maxson
Viola Davis ... Rose Maxson
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Jim Bono
Jovan Adepo ... Cory
Russell Hornsby ... Lyons
Mykelti Williamson ... Gabriel
Saniyya Sidney ... Raynell
Christopher Mele ... Deputy Commissioner
Lesley Boone ... Evangelist Preacher (as Leslie Boone)
Jason Silvis Jason Silvis ... Garbage Truck Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buffy Barentine Buffy Barentine ... Background Actor (as Liz Barentine)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some people build fences to keep people out - and other people build fences to keep people in.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Filmed on location in August Wilson's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where most of his plays were set. See more »

Goofs

While sharing the pint of gin the first Friday night, the label on the bottle keeps changing direction while Troy has it on the table next to him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bono: [riding their garbage truck job] Troy, you oughta stop that lyin'.
Troy: 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.
Bono: What Mr. Rand said?
Troy: 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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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Fences (2016) See more »

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Written by Mary Nelson (as Sister Mary Nelson)
Performed by Mykelti Williamson
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Brilliant Screenplay, powerful film.
25 January 2017 | by brynjolfsonSee all my reviews

This film is about a man. A man who carries the burden of generations of hardship, who couldn't fulfill his own greatest dreams because of the oppressive context in which he lived and who tries to close himself off from the world with fences. Tragically, in closing himself off he loses site of the changing times, he boxes his loved-ones in, and he creates an oppressive environment that emulates everything he tried to guard against. The timeless question lies within this story (adapted from a Pulitzer winning play) is: can we hate a man like this? Or, when we consider his circumstances and trials, is he a hero to admire?

It's worth seeing and is worthy of praise. If not from the acting (particularly Viola's), from the captivating and poetic screenplay. Every word uttered seems calculated by the mind of a genius.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fences See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$129,462, 18 December 2016

Gross USA:

$57,682,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,414,761
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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