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Best movie I've seen in a decade! Viola Davis is magic.
Fences is also very much an actors' movie, with breathtaking performances from Washington and his costars, including Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson.
It’s all too seldom that a feature film combines brilliant acting with a spellbinding flow of language.
Fences is a deeply affecting treatise on marriage, poverty and the struggles of sons to confront the long shadow of the man who brought them into this world.
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- "Fences" opened on Broadway in 1987, winning the Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Actor (James Earl Jones), and Best Featured Actress (Mary Alice). A revival of "Fences" opened in 2010, winning the Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor Denzel Washington, and Best Actress (Viola Davis). All five adult actors reprise their roles in this film adaptation, with Washington also directing.
- In the first Friday after work scene, when Troy and Jim Bono share a bottle of gin, the amount of gin ranges from nearly full to half-full to three quarters empty, depending on the camera angle.
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- Troy: It's not easy for me to admit that I've been standing in the same place for eighteen years!
- Rose: Well, I've been standing with you! I gave eighteen years of my life to stand in the same spot as you!