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Antwone Fisher (Widescreen)

Denzel Washington , Derek Luke , Denzel Washington    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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Le véritable Antwone Fisher, en signant un scénario sur sa propre vie, a certainement su trouver les mots pour atteindre le cœur de Denzel Washington. Pour l’occasion, l’acteur oscarisé a décidé de faire ses premiers pas derrière la caméra. Le résultat est à son image : émouvant, plein d’espoir et d’humanisme.

Né en prison, abandonné par sa mère, élevé par une marâtre, battu, violé, Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke) n’a vraiment pas eu la vie facile. Aujourd’hui membre du corps des Marines, il est victime de sérieuses crises de colère qui l’obligent à consulter un psychologue (Denzel Washington). La relation entre les deux hommes dépassera bien vite le cadre professionnel.

Denzel Washington est un homme résolument bon. Et cela se sent dans son film. Car tandis que le psychanalyste de Good Will Hunting devait montrer les crocs pour gagner le respect de son patient génial, celui d’Antwone Fisher s’apparente à une sorte de gourou spirituel, qui lui indiquera la “bonne” voie pour redécouvrir ses racines et mettre en lumière son talent. Bien sûr, tant de bons sentiments agacent parfois, mais de belles idées de réalisation, de solides flash-back évoquant l’enfance sordide du jeune homme et une interprétation tout à fait convaincante évitent à Antwone Fisher de sombrer dans la plus totale mièvrerie. --Helen Faradji

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4.0 out of 5 stars Washington's debut is promising April 14 2004
I must admit (shamefully) that this did move me to tears. It is definitely a sad story, but unfortunately it is too true, and not only in the ghettoes.
Antwone Fisher's story shows the importance of families in the emotional development of human beings at the earliest age. In a time when we have been bombarded with guilt-stories we tend to shake off what we consider as another attempt at making us feel guilty. But this story isn't about making anyone feel guilt. It shows the struggles that face people who have not had the security of a family, and it helps those who haven't experienced that sort of insecurity relate to those that have.
I'm not a big-fan of love interests either, but I think it was important to show that his girlfriend played a role in his rehabilitation. One thing I did not like about the movie was Denzel's character almost compelling Fisher to lose his virginity. I don't think this sends the right message especially to those young people who may be watching this movie, but then what movies do?
The acting wasn't bad, although the movie had that Hollywood feel to it. I think some stories get through even if they are painted with tinsel-town's brush, and for this to have been Denzel's debut as a director adds to the specialness of this movie. I hope he comes out with another one sometime soon.
On another note, it's good to see a positive potrayal of Afro-American people on film, there have been too many 'gangsta' films coming out of Hollywood of late.
Finally, watch this movie to get a perspective on your own life.
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This is a very moving movie. I did not have any idea that it was in any way biographical until the end of the film. Who knows how much license has been taken and who cares. Derek Luke does a great job in portraying a talented and sensitive young man whose harsh life has trained him to lash out as his only means of protection. Denzel Washington, whom I can never not enjoy on screen, is naval doctor Jerome Davenport who is assigned to decide of Fisher should be discharged from the Navy as unfit after yet another brawl.
Davenport and Fisher develop a close relationship in a way that becomes rewarding but limiting for both, but Dr. Davenport has the professionalism to urge Fisher to seek out his real family. Fisher does and learns a lot about himself and gains some healing connections with his life.
Denzel Washington also directed this movie and I think he did a fine job. This is a good movie for young people (if not children) to watch. It can teach adolescents something about the problems and emotions they are facing.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
I live in a city that is off the beaten path, especially when it comes to movies. "Lost in Translation" never came here and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" only made it to the local art theater. I remember when "Boyz in the Hood" came to town there was a story about it in the newspaper that made it sound for all the world that it was a foriegn film, and there is a sense in which that is true because the idea of living in a place where police helicopters are buzzing overhead all the time is beyond our experience. But even though films by African-American directors do not always manage to make it up this far into the Northland, I have made a point of checking them out when they are released on video and DVD. One of the main reasons is that directors like Spike Lee and John Singleton are making films that speaks to the African-American experience in America. This seems self-evident, but I have to tell you that very few movies have spoken to me directly about my life; I have identified with the television series "thirtysomething" and "Once and Again," at vastly different times in my life, more than anything else. But I can still appreciate the sense of purpose I almost always find in these films.
We have all heard the alarming statistics about how many African-American children are raised in homes without a father and the devastaing impact that has had on generations of such children, and on one level "Antwone Fisher" is about one such child. This 2003 film begins with a dream in which Antwone walks into a room and finds his entire family gathered for a big meal. Then he wakes up on the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier on which he serves. The next thing we know Antwone is getting into fights if anybody says the wrong word to him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Life isn't always easy or fair. Jan. 19 2004
This was an extremely moving story about a young man abused by women as a boy and had repressed memories which had to be worked out some way. After he is grown and in the Navy, he's sent to anger management. Goaded by some of his fellow recruits as being 'gay', he is finally seen by a Naval psychiatrist. At first, he refused to talk about his childhood, finding it too painful.

As he accepts and gets to know (even ate Thanksgiving dinner at the doctor's home) someone he feels he can trust, all the sordidness of his past is re-lived in flashbacks. After finding his soul mate, he seeks freedom from the demons of his past. They go on a journey to confront the old women who had abused him in different ways.
Like James Brown, the father of soul music, he was an abandoned child. Later, he confronts his mother who had given him away, to show her how he'd overcome the hardships imposed by her actions. She wasn't impressed that he had grown into an upright, decent person. He found her in questionable circumstances in what looked to be a crack house.
This movie is a tearjerker, according to Maxine who cried through most of it. She recommends it to all parents as a lesson about what happens when a child has no training or parental love and guidance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most heartfelt film of 2003
Antwone Fisher tells the real life story of the title character. A young black navy seaman faces his tough and miserable past with the help of a caring navy psychologist and then... Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by S. Sarhan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Movie
Antwone Fisher is a surprisingly good movie in light of its unlikely subject matter. Most movies centering around psychologically troubled persons that are not crime dramas are... Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Charles J. Rector
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Life's Lessons
I hesitated in seeing this movie since I really prefer the lighter stuff eg. action/adventure/martial arts and so on. I try to avoid the heavy emotional films. Read more
Published on April 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone can change
This was just a movie that kept my attention until the end. The true story of Antwone Fisher who suffers with rage and they send him to a shrink. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by Wolfe Moffat
5.0 out of 5 stars fisher king
I saw this movie last night and cannot stop thinking about it. It is well worth viewing. The acting is flawless. Read more
Published on March 12 2004 by erin e comen
1.0 out of 5 stars Why does everyone like this movie so much?
Why does everyone like this movie so much?
I saw it a long time ago, so I probably shouldn't even be writing this review as I can hardly remember a lot of it
But I DO... Read more
Published on March 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Moving Movie
This is truly one of the best movies I've ever seen. Newcomer Derek Luke was simply brilliant in his portrayal. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by fjmcmm
5.0 out of 5 stars Antoine Fisher
This true story is truly moving. It is a story of trimuph above circumstance. Again we are horrified by the circumstances in which this child grew up, without anyone. Read more
Published on March 4 2004 by Sandi
4.0 out of 5 stars see it
i loved this film. i thought it was powerful and uplifting. yeah it does have some clinches but there easily over looked. like i daid in past reviews denzel is briliant always. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by jordan luciano
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film with a great heart
When I saw ANTWONE FISHER early last year, it was one of the only few films that I've seen an audience applauded after the film was over. That's a sign of a wonderful film. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by Frank Ponce
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