Fences has been destined for greatness from the beginning. As a play written by August Wilson, Fences earned a Pulitzer Prize. The Fences movie itself has earned numerous award nominations including 4 Oscar and 2 Golden Globes.
Even before its movie release, Denzel Washington (who also directed the movie) and Viola Davis starred in the Broadway play and won Tony awards for their characters Troy & Rose Maxson.
Wilson did not want this movie to come to light without it having an African American director. When Washington came on board as the director, Wilson was ready to complete the screenplay and as luck would have it he was able to do so before his 2005 passing.
Fences takes you on the journey of a former Negro league baseball player in the 50s who is now providing for his family in Pittsburgh. He now works as as a waste collector but still holds on to the grudge of not being able to make it to the major leagues.
The grudge is so real that Troy holds it against his own son Cory who is now being scouted by a college football team. Not wanting his son to deal with the same rejection from the major leagues, he’s not really suppportive of his son’s decision to pursue the recruitment. He still believes America isn’t ready to accept African Americans as contenders for the big leagues.
Troy is fighing all type of demons from his past and even brings treacherous encounters to the same family he wants to provide for. The movie takes you through the highs and lows of what the Maxson family endures during this time.
Fences has grossed over $60M worldwide which definitely surpassed their production budget of $24M. I just had to see what they hype was about and with Mr Denzel Washington on board, I was all here for it.
The Fences movie will bring you many emotions and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I’m giving you the chance to do so as well!
The Fences movie BluRay & Digital HD DVD Combo Pack drops today so enter to win using the widget below.
Not only will you get the full 1080p feature film but the Combo pack also comes with over a half hour of bonus features that including a behind the scenes look into how Fences transformed from play to the screen, a personal look inside Troy & Rose’s characters from the Tony award winning actors themselves and more!
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