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Antwone Fisher (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Washington's directing debut is a solidly crafted, emotionally touching work.

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The directorial debut of Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, Antwone Fisher is an autobiographical drama written by the real-life Antwone Fisher. Played by newcomer Derek Luke, Antwone is a volatile young sailor in the Navy, getting into trouble for his constant fighting. When he gets appointed to see naval psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington), he begins to reveal the emotional problems behind his rage. Through an introduction to anger management, Antwone is able to confront some secrets of his past and eventually search out his family for a confrontation. Also starring model-turned-actress Joy Bryant as Antwone's girlfriend, Cheryl, and Salli Richardson as Davenport's wife. Antwone Fisher's memoir, Finding Fish, was released to book stores right before the film's theatrical release. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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Cast

Derek Luke
as Antwone Fisher
Denzel Washington
as Jerome Davenport
Joy Bryant
as Cheryl
Novella Nelson
as Mrs. Tate
James Brolin
as Captain
Kente Scott
as Kansas City
Malcolm David Kelley
as Antwone Fisher Age 7
Lynne Charles
as Spinoza's Wife
Cory Hodges
as Antwone Fisher Age 14
Cordell Stokes
as Keith Age 5
Ellis E. Williams
as Reverend Tate
Timothy Reddick
as Dwight Age 8
De'Angelo Wilson
as Jesse Age 19
Jascha Washington
as Jesse Age 8
Bob Banks
as Horace
Jada S. Louie
as Jeannette
David Fowler
as Chief Master-At-Arms
O.L. Duke
as Uncle Duke
Michelle Davison
as Johnny Mae
Doug Jewell
as Spinoza
Lynn E. Charles
as Spinoza's Wife
Sung Kang
as Receptionist
Eddie Baccus
as Blind Piano Player
Linda Cevallos
as Sexy Woman
Ruth Stehle
as Snide Clerk
John Pittman Jr.
as Another Clerk
Rita Pearson
as Cashier
Janaya Reynolds
as Young Girl No. 1
Ellis Williams
as Reverend Tate
Na'tasha Marie Evans
as Young Girl No. 2
Teresa Hoefke
as Case Worker
Kim Marie Johnson
as Disc Jockey
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Critic Reviews for Antwone Fisher

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (35)

A fine film that proves the past is never too bleak -- or the future too hopeless -- to discover a productive new life, and a home and family to share it.

January 16, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

A riveting story well told.

December 27, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Denzel Washington gives a sensitive yet powerful performance as a Navy psychiatrist, and newcomer Derek Luke is a pleasant surprise as the title character.

December 27, 2002
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

For sure, Antwone Fisher is corny. But it's corny in a way that a Hollywood movie about a boy who just wants to go home ought to be corny.

Full Review… | December 26, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

There's a simplicity and heart to Antwone Fisher ... that's extremely appealing.

Full Review… | December 25, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Watchful, flinty, unexpectedly vulnerable -- and so cathartic it could wring tears from a stone.

December 25, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Antwone Fisher

My type of movie. I saw it for a second time some 5 years later, and reduced my rating a bit, but it is still my type of movie - a drama where the characters care and where they learn something about themselves, and sure enough where there is a positive outcome.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Antwone Fisher is a pretty good drama, directed by actor Denzel Washington in his first directorial outing. The story is a well thought out, engaging, and the cast are very good in their roles. Washington is a standout actor, one of the finest that I have seen. With this film, he displays a unique eye for crafting a truly engaging story, and he is aided with some standout performances. Derek Luke is great in the title character, and he adds so much to the film, that really makes this picture standout. I liked the film, but at times there are things that don't seem to work, and the material could have been handled better. Luckily the performances standout, and that's the strongest aspect of the film. I wanted to really enjoy the film, but at times, some parts of the film tried to be a bit too ambitious, as if Denzel Washington had something to prove in the director's chair. The film was good, but it felt that the filmmakers tried too hard at making a memorable drama. In the end, the film was entertaining, but you could clearly see that the film tried too hard at being more than what it was, and it didn't end up being the film that it could have been. Luckily the performances here save the film, and also it does show that Washington is capable as director, but for this first directorial effort, he tried a bit too hard at delivering a drama that just made you want more out of the film. If you're a fan of Denzel Washington, this is worth seeing, but it's not a truly memorable drama. It's more of a good drama that could have been improved upon. But for what it is, it's nonetheless an engaging picture that relies on a good story and is saved with engrossing performances by its cast.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Strong acting and terrific story, based on the real-life experiences of former U.S. navy man Antwone Fisher. Before I saw this, I had no idea that Denzel Washington had done some work behind camera. What I can say now though, is that he ought to do it more often. For his directing in this feature is quite phenomenal, and his acting on-screen just the same. It would be unjust to lay all focus on him though, as his co-star Derek Luke easily matches that excellence. I'm surprised we haven't seen more of him, because his performance in this film is truly worthy of recognition. It's genuine and touching, and his story a highly riveting one to follow. Wonderful supporting cast as well, whose combined talents makes this anything but run-of-the-mill. Engrossing all the way and with a moving and heartwarming ending. Not to be missed if you appreciate great dramas.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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