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A black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh is bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Paramount, ♭2017.
Edition: DVD widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm.
digital, optical, rda
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Jan 31, 2021

Although adapted from the Pulitzer Prize play, this dram appears like nothing but a play.
Too much talking without fascinating dramatic actions.
Boring, boring, and boring. I just can't finish the film to the end.
Even a good director can NOT make a good movie out of bad script.

Jan 20, 2021

Now 53 and with all of his good years behind him, Pittsburgh garbageman Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) is angry. He’s angry that his once promising baseball career was cut short by age and race, he’s angry that his other dreams have crumbled into dust, and he’s angry that his black skin is still an issue in 1950s America. Weathering his discontent is Rose (Viola Davis, amazing) his loving wife of 18 years who long ago substituted Troy’s dreams for her own, and his two grown children (from different mothers)—one a struggling musician, the other a wannabe football star—on whom he regularly projects his own fears of failure. But when Troy tumbles from grace in a big way the family dynamic is forever altered. Pride and folly walk side by side in this powerful character-driven family drama wherein the eponymous fence—a backyard project Troy never seems able to complete—comes to stand for so much more: Rose’s attempt to corral whatever happiness she can glean, the emotional barrier between father and sons, and Troy’s defiance of Death itself which already tried to claim him once with a bout of pneumonia. True to its Broadway roots, the action rarely strays from the couple’s modest working class house. Confined, yet never claustrophobic, the home is both a haven and a psychological battlefield where issues of racial identity, self-esteem, and familial obligation are bandied about like like so many darts, giving rise to a host of piercing monologues be they Rose’s list of blessings and grievances, Troy’s hollow bravado, or his youngest son’s nascent rebelliousness. A beautifully realized story of one stubborn man’s stumble towards a light which always seems just out of reach and his family’s realization that fathers live on in their children (one son bound by duty, the other a troubled spirit following his dream) and spouses mould each other in a thousand subtle ways. Stephen McKinley Henderson co-stars as Troy’s best friend, Bono, whose keen eye and soft voice provide counterbalance to Troy’s outbursts and Mykelti Williamson stands out as Troy’s brother Gabriel (complete with trumpet in tow), a brain-injured veteran whose childlike religious delusions reflect the best and worst of his older brother while foreshadowing the film’s enigmatic final scene.

Feb 24, 2019

A terrific movie. Great acting

Oct 09, 2018

Great performances by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

Sep 28, 2018

Powerful and resonating. What acting! You'll believe it.

Sep 20, 2018

This dramatic movie stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, and many more. Based in 1950s Pittsburgh, a man working as a sanitation officer once dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Sadly, when he was young enough to play it was still illegal for black athletes to play professional sports. To make matters worse, he may have ruined his son’s chance to make it in the big leagues. This movie does a really good job at showing people overcoming obstacles despite the odds, and also analyzes racism in America. The movie was very well directed with a comprehensible storyline and likeable characters, too. I would rate this film 4.5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jun 14, 2018

I grew up in a black neighborhood (I'm white BTW) and one of my friends dad was just like this dude. I love plays so I was thrilled to see Denzel stick to the format. One of the best things he's done IMO. The other characters brought me back to my childhood days as they are very authentic and well played.

May 21, 2018

This movie did have some monologues that carried on so long that I yearned for them to end. This makes sense, however, as it seems to be a direct carry-over of a stage play. The only real difference for the most part seems to be the three-dimensional sets and a camera that can change perspectives. It was worth it for me to sit through the whole thing, as it inspires a very reflective and introspective response. Totally worthwhile and effective.

Apr 09, 2018

Denzel Washington plays a reformed murderer/almost pro baseball player who thinks his provider role excuses his abuse of his family. This is a snapshot of the 40s and 50s, when restricted gender, class, and race roles meant his wife (well-played by Viola Davis) couldn't see a better path. The characters are well-played but because this was adapted from the play, it is heavily dialogue-driven and slow at times.

Feb 27, 2018

Psychological profile of blended family dynamics illustrates tragic ways people take to get basic human needs met. Exceptional acting by Viola and Denzel.

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britprincess1ajax Jul 03, 2017

“Some people build fences to keep people out, and some people build fences to keep people in.”

britprincess1ajax Jul 03, 2017

“It's not easy for me to admit that I've been standing in the same place for eighteen years.”
“Well, I've been standing with you! I've been right here with you, Troy. I got a life, too. I gave eighteen years of my life to stand in the same spot as you! Don't you think I ever wanted other things? Don't you think I had dreams and hopes? [...] But I held onto you, Troy. I took all my feelings, my wants and needs and dreams, and I buried them inside you. I planted a seed and watched and prayed over it. I planted myself inside you and waited to bloom! And it didn't take me no eighteen years to realize the soil was hard and rocky, and it wasn't never gonna bloom! [...] You always talking about what you give and what you don't have to give. But you take, too, Troy. You take and don't even know nobody's giving.”

britprincess1ajax Jul 03, 2017

“I didn't know, to keep up his strength, I had to give up pieces of mine.”

Apr 24, 2017

The working man:
She charges 10 cents more than the A&P.
-A&P ain't never done nothing for me. I spend my money where I'm treated right. I go down to Bella, say, "I need a loaf of bread, I'll pay you Friday," she gives it to me. What sense that make when I got money to spend it somewhere else and ignore the person who done right by me? That ain't in the Bible.
-We ain't talking about what's in the Bible. What sense it make to shop there when she overcharges?
Well, you do your shopping where you want to, I do my shopping where people been good to me.

-Jackie Robinson wasn't nobody!
I'm talking about if you could play ball, then they ought to let you play. Don't matter what color you are. Telling me I come along too early.

Apr 24, 2017

The husband:
See that woman, Bono? Love this woman. I love her so much it hurts. I love her so much that if you run out of ways to love her. So I need to get back to basics. Don't come knocking here Monday morning. I'm going to be working hard.
When I first met this woman, I got out that place. Hitch up my pony. Saddle up my mare. There's a woman out there for me somewhere. I looked at here, looked at there, saw Rose, and I latched on to her. I latched on to her and I told her... Now, I'm gonna tell you the truth. I latched on to her and told her, "Baby, I don't want to marry. I just want to be your man." Rose told me... Tell him what you told me, Ro.
-I told him if he wasn't the marrying kind, then move out of the way, so the marrying kind could find me.
That's what she told me, "Nigger, you in my way. You blocking the view. Move out the way, so I can find me a husband."

Apr 24, 2017

The wandering man:
I've seen you looking at her.
- I look at all. Look doesn't mean anything. Nobody tells you that Troy Maxson didn't look for them.
Did more than just look. Bought drink for her.
-I bought one for you, too. What does that mean? I'm just being polite.
A drink is being polite. Buy two or three, is be watching.
-Since you know me, you've seen me running behind?
Of course Yes! Forgot you long?
- I mean, after I married Rose.
After she married, don't. That's true. This I agree.
-So okay. Case closed.
Incidentally, where did she come from? Came out of nowhere.
-Tallahassee. Just looking at it, you can see that came from Florida. The women there are very healthy. Grew from the soil. Has a bit of India in it. Most of Florida has traces of India.
I don't know how to be India, but it sure is pretty healthy.
-She uses some pantyhose. Legs and hips as large as the Mississippi River.
The legs are useless, just away. But the hips cushion the...

Apr 24, 2017

The father P1 of 2:
Son: Why you never liked me?
Father: Like you? Who says you have to like you? In what law says I need to like you? Go stand in front of me doing stupid question? About liking someone. Come here when I'm talking to you. Straighten up, damn it. I asked you a question. In what law says I need to like you? No. Right then. Don't eat every day? Answer me when I talk to you. Don't eat every day?
Deny, is at my house. Place a "Sir" at the end.
-Yes, Sir.
Eats every day.
-Yes, Sir.
Roof over his head.
-Yes, Sir.
Clothes on the body.
-Yes, Sir.
-Because of you.
Now, I know it's because of me. But why?
-Because you like me?
Like you ... Go out every morning, drain all day taking white, why I like you?

Apr 24, 2017

The father P2 of 2:
You are the biggest idiot I've ever seen. It's my job. My responsibility. A man must take care of the family. Live in my house, fill the stomach with my food, put your butt on my bed, because he's my son. Not because I like you, it is my duty to take care of you. I owe my responsibility to you. Let's just be clear, here and now, before we go any further. I don't need to like you. Mr. Rand doesn't pay me because they like me. He pays me because I must. I gave you everything you should. I gave you your life! Your mother made you, and have to love your butt was not part of the deal. Don't spend your life worrying if they like you or not. Just make sure you are observing. Do you understand?
Father: I don't want you to be like me. I want you to stay away as much as possible of the life I had. (to mom:) You're the only good thing I had, Rose. So I wish for him. But I do not wish anything with my life.

Apr 24, 2017

The mother:
I thought, "Rose Lee, here is the man who can open and be satisfied completely. " "Here is the man that can fill all the empty spaces in walking feeling incomplete. " When his father walked around the house, he was... ...so big. He filled the house. It was my first mistake. Do not make leave a space for me. But... I wanted a house where I could sing. And that's what your father gave me. I did not know, to keep it strong, I needed to give small pieces of me. I accepted his life as mine, and mixed our parts to the point of not giving to differentiate. It was my choice. My life. And I need not have lived like that, but ... That's what life offered me and I accepted. I grabbed with both hands and when Raynell arrived ... I do not mean that the tragedy of others was a blessing to me, but I accepted Raynell like all babies who wanted but never had. I was blessed with a small part of my life. ...


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Apr 09, 2018

Violence: Domestic violence, esp. heartbreaking when he ruins his son's budding football career and blatantly cheats on his wife.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense emotional exchanges here and there.

Sexual Content: Some sexual innuendo and infidelity suggested.

Violence: Punches thrown.

Coarse Language: The N-word is used fairly often.

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