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Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher

Denzel Washington (2002)

115min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Actor Denzel Washington made his directorial debut with this powerful fact-based drama, in which he also stars. Based on the life of Antwone Fisher (who adapted the emotionally resonant screenplay from his autobiography), it's a candid and often harrowing tale of child abuse and its lifelong effects. Derek Luke puts in a magnificently compelling performance as the adult Fisher, a young black sailor whose deep-rooted problems surface as violent outbursts. Mentally scarred by an abusive childhood, it's only when he's forced to seek help from naval psychiatrist Jerome Davenport (played by Washington) that he learns to face up to his horrific past. Crisply directed and beautifully shot, Washington's tear-jerking drama is a culturally balanced film that looks beyond sloppy stereotypes of black society. Instead, it demonstrates the universal values of love, family and friendship, infusing the tale with life-affirming warmth and compassion, despite the odd mawkish moment.

Summary

A troubled Navy recruit is prone to violent outbursts and is ordered to see a psychiatrist, who gradually helps the mentally scarred sailor to come to terms with his past and abusive childhood. Fact-based drama, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. With Derek Luke, Joy Bryant and Salli Richardson.

Cast & Crew

Dr Jerome Davenport Denzel Washington
Antwone Fisher Derek Luke
Cheryl Smolley Joy Bryant
Berta Salli Richardson
James Earl Billings
Slim Kevin Connolly
Eva Viola Davis
Grayson Rainoldo Gooding
Director Denzel Washington
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 16 May 2003

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