Good Fences

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A black family gets a first-hand look at the trials and tribulations of upward mobility and suburban segregation in this pointed comedy. In 1973, Tom (Danny Glover) is an African-American attorney who is determined to raise himself up by his own bootstraps from his position near the bottom of the totem pole at a law firm. Tom takes on a case no one else is willing to touch -- defending a confessed arsonist whose crime claimed the lives of two teenagers -- and when he manages to score a surprising legal victory for his client, Tom is given a promotion and he moves his family to a new home in the suburbs. However, Tom and his wife Mabel (Whoopi Goldberg) discover they're only the second black household to move into the neighborhood (the first was a woman who struck it rich in the lottery), and housewife Mabel soon learns her neighbors aren't especially open to the notion of ethnic diversity in their community. Good Fences was directed by former cinematographer Ernest Dickerson and produced in part by his frequent collaborator Spike Lee; the film was screened in competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Cast

Danny Glover
as Tom Spader
Whoopi Goldberg
as Mabel Spader
Mo'Nique
as Ruth Crisp
Norma Dell'Agnese
as Jean Bonner
Matthew Brown
as Young Tom
Zachary Simmons Glover
as Tommy-Two (age 17)
Ryan Michelle Bathe
as Stormy Spader (age 17)
Joy Tanner
as Binky Goodyear
Kate Trotter
as Becka Rainier
Vanessa Madden
as Young Mabel
Chris Collins
as Young Pea-Pie Pearson
Aron Tager
as Butcher
Gene Mack
as Mabel's Father
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins
as Mabel's Mother
Phillip Jarrett
as Pea-Pie Pearson
Alex Fallis
as Norm Bonner
Donovan Palma
as Andre Crisp
Roger Dunn
as Lt. Governor
Bill Lake
as Inspector Wilkins
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  • Oct 21, 2007
    An interesting film facing a little addressed problem of rascism of blacks from other blacks.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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