Fences

Fences

DVD - 2017
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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
Branch Call Number: FIC Fence
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board - PG rating

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aaropender
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.

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kpelish
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.

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BASLM
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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Luciar
Feb 25, 2018

Great movie! It is an incredible play and need to be viewed as such! Denzel deserved Best Actor for this.

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Earlgrey454
Feb 19, 2018

An excellent film adaptation of the play. The characters are highly interesting.

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JeanieG
Jan 28, 2018

A well acted and beautifully produced movie. Unfortunately it is presented so much like a play that I think many viewers didn't get it. I believe it works much better and with more impact as a play - as it was meant be presented by the author August Wilson.

It is still worth watching and it is a very important literary work. However, if it is being produced in your area as a play then go see it! It was on Broadway for a long long time and is a well loved play as are many of those written by August Wilson.

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Nooksack20
Jan 05, 2018

Perhaps the worst movie I have ever seen. Low budget whine-fest about social and income inequality when it actually revealed nothing more than a bitter man who thought he should be a major league baseball star who treated his family like crap while he whined about being 55 years old and not playing for the Yankees. It was not a tour du force as advertised, it was absolute garbage. No great acting, no real significant story line, shot in and old rundown house and back yard. Don't bother.

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gnomenut
Dec 15, 2017

I'm not sure what people see in this film. There's no real plot. It is, essentially, one 2-hour-long Denzel Washington monologue, in which his character criticizes and offends the people closest to him. He's cranky, mean-spirited, and judgmental and, it seems, not the principled person that ought to judge others, in any case. It might make an interesting stage play, but I don't see the point as a film.

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dmfoliver
Dec 10, 2017

I saw this movie with a couple of friends and we thought it was good story. A poignant life story that may reflex on some of ours and how we affect others. About a man struggling to strain out the rot of his history to hopefully pass on some good logic to his family.
I supposed it may us think about our own life and our parents.

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aafleming
Dec 03, 2017

Should have won the Academy Award for Most Boring and Irritating Movie of All Time. If you would enjoy listening to a mean old jerk complain about his life for two and a half hours, you will love this movie.

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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.
===
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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kpelish
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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