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Good Fences (2003)

Good Fences is about an upwardly mobile black family for whom the American dream becomes a nightmare. Set in the 1970s, Tom Spader is an attorney who is determined to end what he has dubbed... See full summary »

Director:

Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)

Writers:

Erika Ellis (novel), Trey Ellis (teleplay)
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2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Danny Glover ... Tom Spader
Whoopi Goldberg ... Mabel Spader
Zachary Simmons Glover Zachary Simmons Glover ... Tommy-Two (age 17)
Mo'Nique ... Ruth Crisp
Ryan Michelle Bathe ... Stormy (age 17)
Ashley Archer Ashley Archer ... Stormy (age 13)
Marie V. Cruz Marie V. Cruz ... Mrs. Suziharo (as Marie Cruz)
Vincent McCurdy-Clark Vincent McCurdy-Clark ... Tommy-Two (age 12)
Marlyne Barrett ... Tina (as Marlyne Afflack)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Amini ... Governor's Wife (as Alex Amini)
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ... Mabel's Mother
Matthew G. Brown ... Tom Spader (as Matthew Brown)
Sandra Caldwell Sandra Caldwell ... Sylvia Falcon
Dustin Cass Dustin Cass ... Tom - age 10
Munro Chambers ... Billy
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Storyline

Good Fences is about an upwardly mobile black family for whom the American dream becomes a nightmare. Set in the 1970s, Tom Spader is an attorney who is determined to end what he has dubbed "the colored man's losing streak." When his winning of a high-profile case thrusts him into the limelight, he decides to moves his wife and their two kids out of their mixed lower-middle-class town and into the posh enclave of Greenwich, Connecticut. Written by Patrick Spreng

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In Greenwich, no one can hear you scream.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, some language and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au-delà des barrières See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Second time Goldberg and Glover play husband and wife. The first in 80's film The Color Purple. See more »

Goofs

In one of the scenes where the family is gathered in front of the TV, the daughter, Stormy, is seen reading a magazine. On both the cover and the back cover of the magazine there is a clearly recognizable picture of supermodel Claudia Schiffer (active from 1988 on). The scene was supposed to be taking place around the time of the first airing of the TV series "Roots" - 1977. See more »

Connections

Features Debbie Does Dallas (1978) See more »

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Dark Comedy/ Mostly Drama/subtle humor
21 January 2019 | by scentschycSee all my reviews

There is a lot of undertone and subtle humor that not everyone will pick up in this movie. I found it highly intriguing and I could not help to compare my current situation to theirs, as I am moving to an even less diverse all white neighborhood tomorrow. It helped to be reminded that we shouldn't lose our own identities within the environments we live in. It think ABCs "Blackish" tackles this issue much more humorously. The issue with the patriarch in this movie is that he has internalized racism, which is something that is not talked about enough and is becoming widespread.


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