Fences is a 2016 American period drama film starring, produced and directed by Denzel Washington and written by August Wilson, based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1985 play of the same name. In addition to Washington, the film also stars Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sidney.
Principal photography took place from April 25 béo June 14, năm nay, in Fantasy Island 2023 Film Locations
Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania .
Fences was released in North America on December 16, 2016, by Paramount Pictures. It received positive reviews and praise from critics towards Washington’s performance and direction, Davis’s performance, the screenplay, pacing, cinematography and emotional tone. Critics found the film “extremely powerful and effective.” It was a commercial success, grossing $64 million against a $24 million production budget.
The film was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of năm nay, [ bốn ] & was nominated for numerous awards, including four Oscar nominations at the 89 th Academy Awards : Best Picture, Best Actor ( Washington ), Best Supporting Actress ( Davis ) và Best Adapted Screenplay, with Davis winning for her performance. It also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for Washington & a Best Supporting Actress chiến thắng for Davis. [ 5 ]
The film takes place in 1950 s Pittsburgh at Troy Maxson’s house that he lives in with his wife Rose & their son Cory. Troy works as a garbage collector alongside his best friend, Jim Bono, who he has known for decades. Troy left home page at 14 after beating up his abusive father, và became a robber lớn sustain himself. While serving phút giây for killing a man during a robbery, he met Bono và showed himself mập be a talented baseball player. He then played in the professional Negro leagues ; but he chưa bao giờ made it Khủng Major League Baseball, which held a ” màu barrier ” until 1947. He claimed Khủng have survived near-fatal pneumonia in his youth by defeating Death in a wrestling match, upon which Death vowed phệ return for a rematch .Troy’s younger brother, Gabriel, sustained a head injury in World War II that left him mentally impaired, for which he received a $ 3,000 government payout that Troy subsequently uses as a lao dốc payment on a trang chủ for his family. Gabriel has since moved out béo live across the street at Miss Pearl’s house, so sánh Troy no longer gets rent money from Gabe. This places the family under financial strain. Gabe sometimes gets in trouble with the law for his erratic behavior, so sánh Rose suggests mập Troy that Gabe might be better off residing in a hospital .Lyons, Troy’s oldest son from a previous relationship, visits him on payday bự borrow money ; this upsets him, as he believes a man has a responsibility mập work hard lớn find his own way và provide for his family .Rose later tells Troy that Cory is being scouted by a college football nhóm, but he is dismissive of Cory’s chances of playing professional football & refuses Khủng sign the permission slip, saying he does not want him mập fail in athletics as he did. Rose asks Troy béo build a fence around their house, và he asks Cory phệ help him on Saturdays. Discovering Cory is not working at his after-school job at the A&P as it interferes with football practice, Troy demands that he return Khủng the job, despite Cory’s attempts lớn convince him that he will work weekends instead of during the week. Troy later finds out that Cory did not return bự his job, và so sánh tells the coach that he is no longer allowed lớn play. Cory lashes out, throwing his helmet at Troy, who warns his son not phệ disrespect him again .After complaining about his company’s racist employment practices, Troy is promoted Khủng driving the garbage truck, becoming the first African-American lớn bởi so sánh in Pittsburgh .Bono finds out that Troy is cheating on Rose with Alberta, a woman he sees at Taylor’s ( a bar ) và encourages him lớn break it off. Troy decides not break it off, as he later reveals this affair mập Rose because he has got Alberta pregnant. This leads béo an argument in which he aggressively grabs Rose’s arm, where Cory intervenes và knocks Troy into the fence .Months later, the baby is born, but Alberta unfortunately dies during childbirth. Troy brings his baby daughter Raynell home, và Rose agrees Khủng raise her as her own, but refuses bự accept him back into her life .Cory is considering enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, having missed his opportunity Khủng attend college with a football scholarship. One day, when Cory returns home page, an intoxicated & bitter Troy blocks his path và instigates a fight in which he swings at Troy with a baseball bat. Grabbing the bat from Cory, he drives him out of the yard. Disoriented, Troy once again challenges Death Khủng come for him. Troy wipes the remonstrances of Rose. Then, drunk, he has a severe fight in front of the house with Cory .Six years later, Troy & Alberta’s daughter Raynell is playing in the garden. Troy has died of a heart attack, và Cory, now a USMC corporal, returns trang chính, but informs Rose he will not attend the funeral. Rose admits phệ loving Troy despite his many flaws & pleads that Troy is still a part of him .Cory reconsiders after sharing memories of Troy with Raynell. Lyons is serving three years in prison for forgery, và gets a furlough béo attend the funeral. Similarly, Gabriel is released from the hospital bự attend & reunites with his family as they all bid farewell mập Troy. Gabriel plays his trumpet và succeeds on the third try for St. Peter Khủng open the gates of Heaven for Troy, và the sun glistens kết thúc them .
The film was adapted from August Wilson’s play Fences. Production culminated in the 2016 release of the film, over a decade after Wilson’s death.
Previous attempts to adapt Fences for the screen had been fruitless, partly due to Wilson’s insistence on an African-American director. In a 2013 interview with Empire, Denzel Washington expressed his intention to star in and direct an adaptation of Fences, reprising his role from the 2010 Broadway revival of the play, which like the film, was produced by Scott Rudin.
On January 28, năm nay, it was reported that Rudin, Washington & Todd đen would produce a film adaptation of the play, directed by Washington và starring Washington và Viola Davis, reprising their roles from the 2010 revival that earned both actors Tony Awards. [ tám ] Playwright & screenwriter Tony Kushner came aboard bự build on a draft written by Wilson before his death in 2005. [ 9 ] However, Wilson is the only credited screenwriter for the film, [ 10 ] while Kushner received a co-producer credit. Black explained that Washington insisted that they remain faithful lớn Wilson’s work, saying, ” The star of the movie is the screenplay & August Wilson’s words. What Denzel said mập me, bự Scott, Khủng all the actors, the cinematographer, & the production designer was, ‘ Don’t make any decision without August Wilson’s words leading you Khủng make that decision. ‘ Whatever you bởi, let the words inform your decision first. That’s what we all had lớn abide by. ” [ 11 ]On April bốn, năm nay, Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Stephen McKinley Henderson & Saniyya Sidney joined the cast, with Williamson, Hornsby và Henderson also reprising their roles from the 2010 production. [ 12 ]
On April 25, 2016, it was reported that Fences had begun filming in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. On June 14, 2016, principal photography was completed. Post-production was completed in mid-November. Charlotte Bruus Christensen was the director of photography, David Gropman was the production designer, Sharen Davis was the costume designer, Hughes Winborne edited the film, Sean Devereaux was the visual effects supervisor, and Marcelo Zarvos composed the film’s score.
The film held its world premiere at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, California on December 15, năm nay. [ 23 ] It began a limited release on December 16, năm nay, before opening wide in 2,223 theaters on December 25. [ 24 ]
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Fences was released on Digital HD on February 24, 2017, and on Blu-ray and DVD on March 14, 2017.
Fences grossed $57.7 million in the United States and Canada and $6.7 million in other territories for a worldwide gross of $64.4 million, against a production budget of $24 million.
Fences opened in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles on December 16, and was expected to gross $50–75,000 per theater in its limited opening weekend. It ended up making a total of $128,000, good for a per-theater average of $32,000. The film went into wide release (2,223 theaters) on Christmas Day and grossed $6.7 million; over its first two days it made $11.5 million. In its first full weekend the following week, the film made $10 million, finishing 6th at the box office.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 92% based on 269 reviews, with an average rating of 7.60/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “From its reunited Broadway stars to its screenplay, the solidly crafted Fences finds its Pulitzer-winning source material fundamentally unchanged — and still just as powerful.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 48 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A−” on an A+ to F scale.
Ty Burr of the Boston Globe wrote, “You don’t get groundbreaking cinema from Fences, but what you do get – two titanic performances and an immeasurable American drama – makes up for that.” Catherine Shoard of Guardian gave 4 out of 5 stars and praised the performances of Washington and Davis saying ” Denzel Washington and Viola Davis set to convert Tonys to Oscars.” Terrl White of Empire gave a full 5 stars and calling the film “A simply extraordinary film without crashes, bangs and wallops but full of towering performances delivered with intelligence, power and heart.” A.O. Scott of New York Times gave a positive review and highlighted the performances of Washington and Davis by saying ” If the sound were to suddenly fail — or if the dialogue were dubbed into Martian — the impact of the performances would still be palpable.” Owen Gleiberman of Variety also gave a positive review and praising the performances by saying “The acting is all superb.”
In a negative review, David Edelstein of New York wrote, “It’s not cinematic enough to make you forget you’re watching something conceived for another, more spatially constricted medium, but it’s too cinematic to capture the intensity, the concentration, of a great theatrical event.”