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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.

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

Complete credited cast:
... Troy Maxson
... Rose Maxson
... Jim Bono (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
... Cory
... Lyons
... Gabriel
... Raynell
... Deputy Commissioner
... Evangelist Preacher (as Leslie Boone)
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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Some people build fences to keep people out - and other people build fences to keep people in.

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

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25 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$129,462, 16 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,642,961, 24 March 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,098,857, 20 March 2017
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Paramount Studios originally acquired the film rights to the play in 1987 with the involvement of Eddie Murphy, it was largely due to Murphy wanting to take on a more "serious" film role: that of 17-year-old Cory. However, in 1987, Murphy was already a full decade older than the character of Cory, and the many filming delays meant that Murphy quickly aged out of eligibility for the role. See more »

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This was set in the 1950's, but in the kitchen there were 3 prong outlets. Those outlets didn't become standard until the 1960's. 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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Very good
17 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

The acting in this film is outstanding. Denzel and Viola are truly at their best and the consistency with which they convey the depth of emotion required of them in this film is outstanding. To me, this was the best part about the film. It was a little difficult to sit through this one, mostly because it is a movie in which not much happens. Don't mistake this as a comment from someone who loves action-packed movies (although I do sometimes), but rather it plods along and neither has very high highs or very low lows. As such, I drifted in and out of the story and was still able to keep up. It is important story to tell, but I can see how it was potentially better as a play. It is definitely worth seeing, if nothing else for the superb acting.


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