ANTWONE FISHER (2003) Washington's directorial debut tells the heartrending true story of Fisher (Luke), a rage-aholic naval enlistee who is forced to confront his traumatic childhood -- a…
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ANTWONE FISHER (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Details Release Date: May 20, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Drama; With: Joy Bryant, Derek Luke and Denzel Washington; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Washington's directorial debut tells the heartrending true story of Fisher (Luke), a rage-aholic naval enlistee who is forced to confront his traumatic childhood -- a tyrannical foster-care mother, sexual molestation, and the death of a best friend -- in therapy. Though Washington shines as a tough-love military psychiatrist, Fisher, with a screenplay penned by the title character himself, ultimately belongs to newcomer Luke, who offers an impassioned, Oscar-worthy performance. As a director, Washington sticks with a straightforward narrative and a risk-free, traditional filmmaking style, but he still deserves credit for bringing such a subtle touch to a film that captures the essence of courage.

Originally posted May 30, 2003 Published in issue #712 May 30, 2003 Order article reprints