Fences

Genre:  Drama | Running Time:  139 min.
In theatres: December 25, 2016
DVD/Blu-Ray: March 14, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.60
based on 250 votes and 66 reviews
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Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney

Synopsis

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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  • 4 stars "A very good movie Denzel and Viola had awesome chemistry Denzel was a little out there but for the time period that was reality very well done"
  • 5 stars "Great actors and acting. This was how it was - realistic and sad."
  • 5 stars "This is a play on screen. It unfolds and plays out like a play. Having seen it on stage it was easy to appreciate it on screen. In this day of short attention spans and high velocity film, it may be diffucult for many to appreciate more cerebral films such as this one. It should not be assumed, as us often depicted in the visual media that poor or low income class live in dirty enviroments, have unkemp clothing or have the inability to maintain good hygiene. I know many poor people with beautiful teeth. It is in fact an excellent film opening the window to the struggles if the poor, and even moreso to the unique issues that face the poor of color. I have seen it three times, taken my grandchildren because it is a RARE film that does not depict the living environment as a drug, gang and immoral infested ghetto riddled with violence."