Fences

Fences

DVD - 2017 | Widescreen version
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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: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: FENCE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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firefly5
Oct 06, 2017

I thought this was an exceptional movie. This is the second time I have watched this movie. It has a lot of dialogue and is similar to watching a play rather than a movie. The acting by Viola Davis is suburb. There is one scene that absolutely gives me goose bumps and tears at the same time. Denzel W. plays a man who is bitter about his lost opportunity as a baseball player and he also has a lot of responsibility, a wife & son also a son from a previous relationship as well as his brother who was disabled during the war. I think he feels guilt that the brother's injury has provided the roof over his head. His behaviour is not very honourable but he has excuses for all of it.

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COURIER3
Oct 01, 2017

Very disappointing and way too long. Denzel has been a good actor in other movies. This story line and his directing of this boondoggle was awful. Too much "in your face" arguing and use of the "N" word. Was so depressing the way he treated family, and ONE friend. A real smart alack~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ surprise ending. Did not know the play was a Pulitzer Prize winner!

Working-class drama done right. Why can't there be more movies like this? Denzel Washington's portrayal of August Wilson's Troy Maxson is brilliant. Viola Davis is great too as his wife Rose. At two hours 20 minutes FENCES grinds on a little a too long, losing its prodigious mojo from the first two-thirds of the film. Nonetheless it is a must-see. I think one of the truths that Wilson is confronting us with is that greatness is often loathsome.

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llenar52
Sep 22, 2017

This was an okay movie. I didn't see the play, however, based on the movie alone, it was slow in some parts but, I did enjoy the characters played and the storyline.

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wildct2003
Sep 20, 2017

Not sure how this compares to the original play. Writing could have been improved, perhaps edited better. I enjoyed much more Piano Lesson with Charles S. Dutton.

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llane
Sep 16, 2017

slow and boring !!!!!!! lots of talk about this movie , but it was crap

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tuan_canada
Sep 12, 2017

Wonderful movie. I like it.

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uncommonreader
Sep 09, 2017

Brilliant play, brilliant acting, brilliant directing.

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publicenemy45
Sep 05, 2017

i like this movie great proformance by Denzel Washington . will i see it again maybe?

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courtws
Sep 04, 2017

Denzel Washington delivers a masterful performance (wow, what a ton of fast lines!) in this adaptation of a play that he directed. One of my favorite actors; he didn't disappoint. Wonderfully performed drama. 3.5 stars because at times it was difficult to follow the dialog (50's Nigger vernacular) and felt very limited in scenes (think theater play).

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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.”

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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.”

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britprincess1ajax
Jul 03, 2017

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

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jimg2000
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.
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-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.

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jimg2000
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.
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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."

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jimg2000
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.
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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...

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jimg2000
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?
-Yes.
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.
Why?
-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?

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jimg2000
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?
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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.

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jimg2000
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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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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