Genre:  Drama | Running Time:  139 min.
Release Date: December 25, 2016
Digital: February 24, 2017
DVD/BluRay: March 14, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.56
based on 264 votes and 71 reviews
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Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney


In the 1950s, Troy (Denzel Washington), 53, works hard as a garbage collector in order to provide for his family. Troy, who once dreamed of being a baseball player, believes he never made it because of his skin color, so when his son, Cory, wants to play football in order to get a scholarship, Troy doesn't allow him. He doesn't show Cory or his younger brother much love, and this causes tension between Troy and his wife Rose (Viola Davis).

Troy goes so far as to call Cory's coach to tell him he can't play ball and when Cory confronts him about that, Troy kicks Cory out of the house. Meanwhile, Rose discovers Troy has had an affair with a woman named Alberta and finds out the woman is pregnant with her husband's child.

Based on August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play.

Director: Denzel Washington
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Scott Rudin, Todd Black, Denzel Washington
Screenplay: August Wilson
Official Site: http://FencesMovie.com

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  • 2 stars "Denzel is the reason I went to see this movie. The acting was good but too much talk, it dragged on and on. The movie got heavy, too much monologue."
  • 1 star "To much talk talk left after first 1/2 hr???Always referred to the devil... What a waste of a good coupon..."
  • 5 stars "Excellent movie. The writing is superb. Each character has depth, a history you learn about or see playing out as the movie goes on (I almost said play, it feels like a play). And you care about each character. This movie touches the heart and will make you think, reflect, perhaps about your own family history or (U.S.) history in general."