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Denzel Washington

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About the Movie

Some people build fences to keep people out - and other people build fences to keep people in. Academy Award winner® Denzel Washington and Academy Award nominee® Viola Davis deliver the year’s most powerful performances in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fences. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, the film takes a passionate look at former Negro-league baseball player Troy Maxson (Washington) as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down. Washington’s directorial triumph pulses with the universal truths of love, forgiveness, and happiness despite what lies beyond your own fence.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 234
  • Fresh: 219
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Washington has pledged to bring all of plays in the cycle to the screen. The good news is he started with a home run. – Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News, Dec 29, 2016

Fresh: Viola Davis sets her own sky-high bar higher than ever. She has several of the film's most powerful monologues, and her emotions are so raw and so naked that they are utterly unforgettable. – Alexandra MacAaron, Women's Voices for Change, Dec 2, 2017

Fresh: Washington's performance is a sight to see all on its own, and when Davis roars into life in the second half she's unstoppable. – Anthony Morris,, Feb 15, 2017

Fresh: One of the pleasures of Fences is seeing Washington's dominant technique - that swaggering walk, the hardening of his voice when challenged - get batted back by the visceral force of Davis' performance. – Craig Mathieson, The Sunday Age, Feb 10, 2017

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Customer Reviews


History is often written by the victor .. For me to give a review about a movie that hasn't been out for 24 hrs is a Forest But just from the previews I know that this movie has presents, passion and delivery to capture the true story of the second most forgotten story of the lost people of America _The American black people _Second to the American Indian. This movie is powerful Beyond reproach
Chief Andrew Jackson USN(ret)

I pre ordered this when will it be available to view

Heard it's very good so I pre ordered it.

Amazing, but not for everyone.

Denzel Washington provides an emotional, well written, and realistic script that makes you feel like you are right there with Denzel and Viola Davis. Fences will have you feeling happy, sad, and at sometimes, wanting to talk to some of the characters in the film while watching. If you love a good, well written, Drama, then this movie is for you. But, if you like fast moving or action-packed films, well then this isn't for you.
Fences puts you into the shoes of a struggling, African American family in the mid 50's, but when the film ends you ultimately start thinking, "What was the plot?". Denzel makes an amazingly real film that has your heart racing and that plays with our emotions but, ultimately (when you think about it) had no plot.
I will give Denzel Washington's Fences 5 stars for delivering an emotional and real story.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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