Antwone Fisher

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Fox Searchlight Released 2003

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Director:
Denzel Washington
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Antwone Fisher is Denzel Washington's 2002 directorial debut, based on a moving and uplifting true story of courage and determination. Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke, Pieces of April, Miracle at St. Anna, Friday Night Lights) is a sailor in the US Navy. When he is busted again for fighting with a superior non-commissioned officer his punishment includes evaluation by a psychiatrist, Dr. Jerome Davenport (Washington). Despite being stand-offish and difficult at first, Antwone slowly begins to talk, revealing a traumatic childhood at the route of his anger which started with the death of his father before he was even born and the foster homes. Antwone Fisher was working as a security guard at Sony Studios before he got the movie produced. Studio executives began hearing about his life story and offered to buy the rights. But Fisher refused, insisting that he write the screenplay himself. The studio eventually relented and history was made.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A movie so profoundly in touch with its own feelings that it transcends its formulaic tics.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Rarest and most impressive of all, Antwone Fisher is a serious drama set in the African American community, one that showcases powerful, confrontational scenes between black actors.

  • 60

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    Washington reveals himself to be a filmmaker with a clean, uncluttered storytelling style. Too often, overtly inspirational material such as this can become strident or mawkish.

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    African-American Drama