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Fences (2016)

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In 1950s Pittsburgh, a frustrated African-American father struggles with the constraints of poverty, racism, and his own inner demons as he tries to raise a family.

Director: Denzel Washington
Writer: August Wilson

Release Date: 2016-12-16
Status: Released
Run time: 139 min / 2:19
Budget: $24,000,000
Revenue: $64,414,761
Production Companies : Paramount, Scott Rudin Productions, MACRO, Bron Studios
Production Countries: Canada, United States of America
Release Date: 2016-12-16
Status: Released
Run time: 139 min / 2:19
Budget: $24,000,000
Revenue: $64,414,761

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Denzel Washington
as Troy Maxson
Viola Davis
as Rose Maxson
Stephen Henderson
as Jim Bono
Jovan Adepo
as Cory Maxson
Russell Hornsby
as Lyons Maxson
Mykelti Williamson
as Gabriel Maxson
Saniyya Sidney
as Raynell Maxson
Lesley Boone
as Evangelist Preacher
Christopher Mele
as Deputy Commissioner
Jason Silvis
as Garbage Truck Driver
Tra'Waan Coles
as Towns person
Joe Fishel
as Parade Marcher


Directing Denzel Washington Director
Camera Charlotte Bruus Christensen Director of Photography
Writing August Wilson Screenplay
Writing August Wilson Theatre Play
Production Scott Rudin Producer
Production Denzel Washington Producer
Sound Marcelo Zarvos Music
Editing Hughes Winborne Editor
Production Victoria Thomas Casting
Art David Gropman Production Design
Art Karen Schulz Gropman Art Direction
Art Gregory A. Weimerskirch Art Direction
Art Rebecca Brown Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Sharen Davis Costume Design
Art Maggie Adams Art Department Coordinator
Art Buster Pile Construction Coordinator
Art Kevin Ladson Property Master
Art Bob Feltman Assistant Property Master
Sound Jay B. Richardson Music Editor
Costume & Make-Up Jodie Stern Assistant Costume Designer
Costume & Make-Up Suzy Freeman Costume Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Angela Vesco Key Costumer
Costume & Make-Up Ric Spencer Key Costumer
Costume & Make-Up Bobbi-Jo Napoletano Seamstress
Costume & Make-Up Jesse Trevino Ager/Dyer
Production Andrew Hadzopoulos Casting Associate
Production Linda Weaver Casting Associate
Lighting Ed Maloney Gaffer
Camera David J. Thompson Steadicam Operator
Lighting Chris Muchow Rigging Gaffer
Camera Peter Clemence Dolly Grip
Lighting Nick Zinobile Rigging Grip
Crew Juan Melgoza Sequence Supervisor
Visual Effects Meg Bailey Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Brian Drewes Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Sean Devereaux Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Doug Spilatro Visual Effects Supervisor
Sound Judah Getz ADR & Dubbing
Sound Chris Navarro ADR & Dubbing
Sound Michelle Pazer ADR Editor
Sound David Jobe Foley
Sound Edmond J. Coblentz Jr. Foley Editor
Sound D. Chris Smith Foley Editor
Sound Scott Millan Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Gregg Rudloff Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Per Hallberg Supervising Sound Editor
Costume & Make-Up Nancy Keslar Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Brian Badie Key Hair Stylist
Costume & Make-Up Rachel Geary Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Debi Young Makeup Artist
Editing Bob Peishel Digital Intermediate
Production Dale Wells Executive Producer

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  • Fences is a film about how our environment shapes us, and how, no matter how noble their intentions, our parents can’t help but mess us up in some fashion, just as their parents had done for them.

  • Audience Reviews for Fences. ½ What really elevates Fences is the acting. This is a richly written ensemble pieces that heavily relies on powerful performances. Denzel and Viola are reprising ...

  • Review: Beneath the Bombast, ‘Fences’ Has an Aching Poetry ... “Fences” is part of a cycle of 10 plays about the African-American experience that amounts to a critique of the American ...

  • Fences movie reviews & Metacritic score: In this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, an African American father struggl...

  • Fences review – Denzel Washington steps up to the plate 3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars. Washington directs and stars in this intelligent and brilliantly cast adaptation of August Wilson’s play ...

  • Fences is as faithful, impeccably acted and honestly felt a film adaptation of August Wilson's celebrated play as the late author could have possibly wished for. But whether a pristine ...

  • August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fences, is one of unwieldy power and prose, telling the story of a black man living in 1950s America, struggling with the continually changing ...

  • movie review Dec. 23, 2016. ... In his play Fences, August Wilson brings only a small piece of the world onstage — the backyard of a black Pittsburgh sanitation worker, Troy Maxson, in the 1950s ...

  • Directed by Denzel Washington. With Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo. A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

  • Fences was released in the United States on December 16, 2016, by Paramount Pictures, received positive reviews and grossed $64 million. The film was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of 2016, and was nominated for numerous awards, ...