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

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$129,462 (USA) (16 December 2016)

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$57,642,961 (USA) (24 March 2017)
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Fences was originally a 1983 play by August Wilson. Set in the 1950s, it is the sixth in Wilson's ten-part "Pittsburgh Cycle". Like all of the "Pittsburgh" plays, Fences examines race relations and explores the evolving African-American experience, among other themes. In 1987, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. See more »

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In the kitchen, he asks for a cup of coffee. She pours it for him, then gives him milk. He pours the milk in the coffee, then sets the blue cup on the corner of the table without taking a sip. He walks out of the kitchen and she looks out the window. The cup is nowhere in sight and she sits on the same corner where the cup was. See more »

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Troy: I can't taste nothing no more.
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Most Overrated Film of all Time
30 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fences is not a film. The script violates every rule of film making, show don't tell. It is the worst adapted screenplay of all time. Because the screenplay was NEVER adapted, you are watching a play. Instead Denzel Washington, who apparently after all his years in front of the camera has never learned that a play and a film are different mediums.

The entire film feels like a 2 1/2 hour expository monologue telling you what just happened or should be happening.

I can't believe that intelligent people are seeing this film and writing good reviews. Yes the acting is great. But after 30 minutes of non-stop babbling from Denzel in character you feel like you've just gone to dinner with your drunken uncle Charlie. There is no character development. You already know he's going to keep talking all night and at the end nothing will change.

This is not a film. It may or may not be a good play but as a movie it is a boring disaster that should be studied intensively for everything that a film should never be.


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