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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
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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.

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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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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barreras 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, 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Although August Wilson had long worked on the screenplay adaptation of his own play Fences, the film's script was still incomplete when Wilson died in 2005. In January 2016, Deadline Hollywood reported that producer Scott Rudin had hired the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner to finish Wilson's screenplay. In December 2016, the New York Times reported that although Kushner didn't receive a writing credit for the final film, he did get "a prominent mention as a co-producer" instead. As of 2016, it is Kushner's only-ever credit as a producer on a movie. 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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Fabulous Performances Shine in an Overlong Film!
23 January 2017 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name by The Late/Great August Wilson, 'Fences' is a film that boasts Fabulous Performances from its terrific cast that Shine undeniably, but the film, as a whole, is overlong! Also, the narrative gets repetitive after a point.

'Fences' Synopsis: A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Denzel Washington directs 'Fences' with a realistic feeling & the film legend is absolutely terrific in the central role. As Troy Maxson, the protagonist, Denzel is firebrand, delivering a performance full of feeling & frustration. But the film belongs to Viola Davis, who steals the show. Davis, an absolute acting pioneer, is priceless as the wife, offering a portrayal of loyalty, motherhood & heartbreak. Davis is sure to win Awards ahead (Already Having Won The Golden-Globe recently), yes Academy, I'm talking to you! In supporting roles, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney & Mykelti Williamson lend remarkable support.

Now coming to the minuses! The Screenplay works in parts. Considering its been adapted from a play, the writing sticks to its true roots a bit too much. The locations remain the same & the literal translation becomes monotonous after a point. Troy's bitter attitude towards his Sons & his Wife's sacrifices, don't engross you beyond a point. The Writing needed to be crisper. And the film is overlong! At a 139-minutes, 'Fences' overstays its welcome by at least 20-minutes. I wish the narrative was stronger, as it begins beautifully.

So what's the final word? 'Fences' is greatly acted, but as a film, it's a disappointment!


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