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Antwone Fisher (Blu-ray)

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Antwone fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 209849691
UPC 024543565000
UPC 14 00024543565000
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/19/2014
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Luke,Derek
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Image Award (2003) Antwone Fisher, Winner, Outstanding Motion Picture,Denzel Washington, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
MTV Award (2003) Derek Luke, Nominee, Breakthrough Male Performance
Independent Spirit (2003) Derek Luke, Winner, Best Male Lead,Viola Davis, Nominee, Best Supporting Female
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Review For his directorial debut, Denzel Washington has used basic filmmaking techniques to tell a story that, although conventional, is at times deeply moving. The autobiography of Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke), who wrote the screenplay, is an inspirational tale that uses themes of family, courage, and the will to overcome as its building blocks. One could easily argue that Washington's relatively simple approach (he uses traditional camera placement, uncomplicated shots, and, from a storytelling perspective, doesn't do anything more radical than employ frequent flashbacks) is perfect for the material. The result speaks for itself...In an odd way, Antwone Fisher is a coming of age story. Even though the protagonist is in his mid-twenties, the movie details the steps he takes to gain control of his present and future by coming to grips with his past. It's a familiar story, but one that is presented with great sympathy and intelligence. Antwone, as depicted on screen in an impressive debut by actor Derek Luke, is a richer character than the traditional male figure who discovers himself, and this is one of the movie's strengths. A flat Antwone would have made the production seem ponderous and redundant...There are a few occasions when Antwone Fisher crosses the line to become too syrupy. (One such instance occurs during the speech used to conclude the movie.) For the most part, however, the production radiates emotional honesty. Some of the events of Fisher's real-life story may have been fictionalized in the name of producing a better narrative, but there's little doubt that this tale of genuine human courage will find favor with nearly everyone who sees it.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Antwone Fisher is a good sailor but he has a hair-trigger temper, and it lands him in the office of the base psychiatrist, Dr. Jerome Davenport. He refuses to talk. Davenport says he can wait. Naval regulations require them to have three sessions of therapy, and the first session doesn't start until Antwone talks. So week after week, Antwone sits there while the doctor does paperwork, until finally they have a conversation: "I understand you like to fight." "That's the only way some people learn." "But you pay the price for teaching them." This conversation will continue, in one form or another, until Fisher (Derek Luke) has returned to the origin of his troubles, and Davenport (Denzel Washington) has made some discoveries as well. "Antwone Fisher," based on the true story of the man who wrote the screenplay, is a film that begins with the everyday lives of naval personnel in San Diego and ends with scenes so true and heartbreaking that tears welled up in my eyes both times I saw the film...I do not cry easily at the movies; years can go past without tears. I have noticed that when I am deeply affected emotionally, it is not by sadness so much as by goodness. Antwone Fisher has a confrontation with his past, and a speech to the mother who abandoned him, and a reunion with his family, that create great, heartbreaking, joyous moments...Antwone's story is counterpointed with the story of Dr. Davenport and his wife, Berta (Salli Richardson). There are issues in their past, too, and in a sense Davenport and Fisher are in therapy together. There is a sense of anticlimax when Davenport has his last heartfelt talk with Antwone, because the film has reached its emotional climax in Ohio and there is nowhere else we want it to take us. But the relationship between the two men is handled by Washington, as the director, with close and caring attention. Hard to believe Derek Luke is a newcomer; easy to believe why Washington decided he was the right actor to play Antwone Fisher.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Luke,Derek
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer A deceptively simple movie with a deeply felt message.
Desson Thomson, The Washington Post An assured directorial debut that goes straight for the tear ducts.
Joel Siegel, ABC-TV This is a film that can change people's lives.
Leah Rozen, People Magazine Terrific! Compelling and inspiring!
Stephen Farber, MovieLine Denzel Washington's directorial debut is superb!

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