• Fences (2016)

Fences

Release Date: December 16th, 2016

DVD Release Date: March 14th, 2017

PG-13 |2 hr 13 min

Plot Summary

Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter.

Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Mele

Director: Denzel Washington

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Sony Classical, Scott Rudin Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Son, Touching, Mother, Bar, Engaging, Emotional, Escape, Growing up, Heartwarming, 1950s, Rise, Transformation, Love, House, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    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. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 70
    Robert AbeleTheWrap

    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. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)