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Antwone Fisher [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

Denzel Washington , Derek Luke , Denzel Washington    Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Malcolm David Kelley, Cory Hodges
  • Directors: Denzel Washington
  • Writers: Antwone Fisher
  • Producers: Denzel Washington, Antwone Fisher, Chris Smith, Gina White, Nancy Paloian
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,784 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Autobiographical movies rarely get more truthfully moving than Antwone Fisher. The title is also the name of this fine drama's first-time screenwriter, a former Navy seaman who was working as a film-studio security guard when his life-inspired script was developed as Denzel Washington's directorial debut. This Hollywood dream gets better: unbeknown to the filmmakers, Derek Luke--a newcomer who won the title role over a throng of famous contenders--was also a friend of Fisher's, and the whole film seems blessed by this fortunate coincidence. Washington's sharp instincts as an actor serve him well, as both a subtle-handed director and Luke's costar playing Jerome Davenport, a Navy psychologist assigned to assess Fisher's chronic violent temper. Their therapy sessions prove mutually beneficial, as this touching true story addresses painful memories, broken desires, and heartfelt reunions without resorting to a contrived happy ending. Fisher's good life is worth celebrating, and Washington brings a delicate touch to the party. --Jeff Shannon

Originally, Men of Honour was simply called Navy Diver and no doubt all involved held high hopes that it would be an award-winning biopic. Unfortunately, Carl Brashear's life as the first African-American Master Diver went through that vaguely distasteful contemporary Hollywood Marketing makeover and the result is not quite so worthy of its subject and intentions. The film's hopelessly clichéd tagline reads, "History is made by those who break the rules"; the direction is shot through with sunsets 'n' slow-mo; and the script is peppered with foreshadowing dialogue ("don't end up like me, son"). The plot devices follow a predictable arc: family poverty, a swiftly sweet romance, a shock accident, court hearing and, naturally, a grisly antagonist. It's with the last of these that the movie comes to life. We may have seen DeNiro spit nails countless times before, but his saltily intractable Master Chief is a terrific screen creation. Next to him, Cuba Gooding Jr really does shine as the endlessly persecuted Brashear. All-too brief cameos from Charlise Theron and Michael Rapaport lend sparkle too. But the film's message about how social attitudes toward race have changed is lost in a murky haze of Hollywoodisation. As one character declares, "some things just don't mix". --Paul Tonks

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 6 April 2005
There's an air of sweetness about this movie, despite the grim subject matter (touches on physical and inappropriate abuse of children, and the former is sometimes quite graphic, so be warned) and it's very difficult to feel pessimistic when watching it. Perhaps it's because of the light humor ("Hungry?" "I could eat."), or perhaps it's the innate sweetness and innocence of Derek Luke, who played Antwone. Probably it's a combination of both.
This is not to say that there aren't some heartwrenching moments, of course. There were scenes where I found myself wanting to reach through the TV screen and give this poor kid a hug. But the overall feel of the movie is one of triumph: Antwone Fisher was an angry, violent young man, yet he overcame that and became a really great person; he was abused and subsequently scared of women, yet he worked through that and found a wonderful girlfriend; he was lost and alone, yet at the end he found a family to love and be loved. Knowing that the movie is based on a true story only adds to the feeling of good prevailing over bad.
Denzel's first film where he both acted and directed, and one that he can definitely be proud of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted: family ties and pancakes 17 Feb 2006
Based on a true story, ANTWONE FISHER is about an enlisted sailor stationed aboard one of the Navy's assault helicopter carriers based in San Diego, and whose internalized anger surfaces through repeated brawls with his shipmates. Ordered into psychiatric evaluation, Fisher must either spill his guts or face almost certain discharge. The only good thing in Fisher's life is his growing attraction to a female sailor, who works in the post exchange.
Newcomer Derek Luke is excellent as Antwone. Denzel Washington directs; he also acts in a rare supporting role as the Navy shrink, Dr. Jerome Davenport, who discovers early on that Fisher's rage is rooted in his family ties, or rather their absence. Antwone's father was killed two months before his birth, the latter event taking place inside a prison where his mother was incarcerated. Once released, she never claimed custody of her child, but left him to languish under cruel physical and sexual abuse in a foster home. Fisher literally dreams of a big, loving family that sits him down at the head of a bounteous table and serves him his favorite comfort food - pancakes.
The pretty Joy Bryant is sweet and charming as Petty Officer Second Class Cheryl, who supports and loves Antwone through some difficult moments. (I don't remember enlisted WAVES like this during my Navy service! Maybe I should re-up for another 4-year hitch.)
Despite the inordinate amount of hype surrounding this film, it seemed a fairly ordinary plot as I sat and watched it. We've seen this before: disturbed young man is snapped out of it by a caring head doctor and the attentions of a good woman. Stifled yawn - 4 stars. But then the last 20 or so minutes kicked in. It woke me up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tissues at the ready! 25 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Obviously not a well known film, but a fantastic one none the less. I haven't bought the dvd but am just doing so right now, having just watched the film on tv.
Simply, it's the touching story of a young man in the navy, delving into his past with the help of a navy pysciatrist, to get to the roots of an anger management problem. The film focuses on the journey that he makes and the telling of a horendous up-bringing, and in such a brilliant and moving way it leaves you speachless. Based on the real Antwone Fisher's past, the film brings his life to you in such a way you could almost talk as if you had been there - a definite sucess for Denzel Washington's directorial debut! Honestly, i can't praise the film enough!
Just make sure all watching have tissues near by!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wonderful story 21 July 2011
By Gloria
Viewed this one last night. A very emotional film. whether man or woman you are bound to drop a tear at some point in this movie.

Antwone is a young man who grew up without his mum and dad and the only memories he has are bad ones. He was given out to foster parents and lets just say was not the best experience of his life. After surviving; joins the navy. With the effects of his childhood affecting every aspect of his life, he is forced by the Navy to see a Councillor, Denzil Washington. On counselling Antwone Fisher he finds short comings in his own life.
He also encourages Antwone through some of his life struggles and to find his family whome he as never met. with his new found girlfriend they embark on a journey of discovery in more ways than one.

Wonderful wonderful film there is such innocence of a young black man and the everyday struggles he had which we often take for granted. This story is filled with hilts and turns just when you think he has it in the bag, bang there comes another untold chapter of the young mans life.
Truly a remarkable bio-film and portrayed so sensitively by the three actors. One i will always keep in my collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Facing the Past and Confronting Inner Demons. 19 Jan 2004
By Burjiz
To be honest, I was a little hesitant to see "Antwone Fisher," the directorial debut by Denzel Washington. Movies directed by actors can be little more than self-serving vanity projects that merely say, "Hey! I'm an actor! And I can also direct! I'm so multitalented!" You can say the same thing about this movie, but you would be wrong. While it's a little sentimental at times, "Antwone Fisher" is one of the most heartfelt and genuine movies of 2002. Derek Luke is the title character, a young and hotheaded seaman who gets sent to Jerome Davenport (Washington) for psychiatric evaluation following a heated brawl with another soldier. From there, the two begin a painful journey that involves discovering the roots of Fisher's anger and, more important, the broken family that left him behind. It's often disturbing to see the psychological abuse Fisher suffered at the hands of his elders, and his strong will and tenacity make him all the more respectable. Luke gives a decidedly low-key yet strong performance and holds his own admirably against seasoned pro (and two-time Oscar winner) Washington. But if I have a slight bone to pick with this movie, it's that its plot has a bit of a "heard it before" feel. Several movies ("Good Will Hunting" comes to mind) have already featured a story about a troubled kid whose life gets turned around by an older mentor. Yet, "Antwone Fisher" earns its four stars thanks to its classy, non-flashy direction by Denzel and a solid performance by Luke.
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