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  • Trailer for Fences
  • Clip: Why Don't You Like Me

Movie Info & Cast


A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.


  • Denzel Washington
  • Viola Davis
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson
  • Jovan Adepo
  • Russell Hornsby
  • Mykelti Williamson
  • Saniyya Sidney
  • Christopher Mele
  • Lesley Boone
  • Jason Silvis

Did You Know?


  • "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.
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  • 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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    • [from trailer]
    • 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!
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Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

Best movie I've seen in a decade! Viola Davis is magic.

Micki B
Verified Review

Dramatic/emotional film

Erica P


Nov 22, 2016

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.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
Nov 22, 2016

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis know their parts here backward and forward, and they, along with the rest of the fine cast, bat a thousand, hitting both the humorous and serious notes. But with this comes a sense that all the conflicts, jokes and meanings are being smacked right on the nose in vivid close-ups, with nothing left to suggestion, implication and interpretation.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
Nov 22, 2016

Can you tell it’s a play? Absolutely. Does that mean a damn thing? Not when the writing is this richly evocative, and the cast so often soars with it.

Metacritic review by Robert Abele
Robert Abele