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In 1950s Pittsburgh, a Black garbage collector named Troy Maxson--bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues--is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Paramount, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Branch Call Number: DVD FENCE
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby digital
1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 19, 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oct 30, 2017

Did not really care for this movie

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.

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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Jul 03, 2017

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

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.”

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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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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