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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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
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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

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Taglines:

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

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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In Lila & Eve (2015), a recurring line is that Viola Davis' character has 'a date with Denzel' meaning she's staying home watching movies starring Denzel Washington. One year later she actually plays his wife in this film. See more »

Goofs

Since Cory's varsity jacket has 1956 on the back, he must have been referring to 1955 as "last baseball season." He mentioned that Sandy Koufax led the league in strikeouts. In fact, Koufax was a rookie in 1955, appeared in only a few games and struck out only 30 batters. He didn't become a dominating pitcher until 1961, when he led the National League in strikeouts for the first time. 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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I Wear a Crown
Written by James Cleveland
Performed by James Cleveland (as Reverend James Cleveland)
Courtesy of Savoy Records, a division of Malaco Records
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A Bit Disappointed
20 February 2017 | by julia-00157See all my reviews

I didn't like this movie as much as I expected to. Sorry. The movie centers around Troy Maxon (Denzel Washington), a father to two boys of different mothers, a husband to Rose (played wonderfully by Viola Davis) for the past 18 years, an ex-con, a garbage man, and above all, an ordinary black man in the 1950's.

No doubt it was a powerful script that most likely created an incredible play but it was not meant for the screen. It was obvious that it was a play, in the way they spoke and entered a room and carried themselves in a scene. I, of course, have not seen the play so I cannot speak with 100% certainty but I feel like the script wasn't adapted for the screen at all. It's not like it needed any major changes, just a few here and there to improve clarity. The passage of time confused me throughout. A scene would end and it would be the next day, then a minute passes and it abruptly jumps to six months later with no indication. This could be a statement on how his life passed quickly and routinely, but it felt like a swing and a miss for me.

Viola Davis was wonderful. She deserves every award coming her way. I could sing songs of praise about how magnificent she was. 10/10 for her. Beautiful.

Denzel Washington was certainly egging for an Oscar as he did what he did, but that's not degrading his performance. He did do good, but it was a bit distracting when he stole the show and didn't really let the other actors bounce off each other and him as much. It was all about him.

Even though I constantly found myself criticizing this movie, I did like it. It had a magnitude that I cannot explain, otherwise I would've given it a much lower rating. I recommend this if you are willing to. I will warn you, it is tough to sit through a movie with no one to root for. Washington's character is not a good person and very unlikable, you don't really want to cheer him on.


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Language:

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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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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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