Denzel Washington makes his triumphant directorial debut and Derek Luke shines in his first big-screen role in this courageous story inspired by the true-life experiences of its title character. When a troubled sailor (Luke) is ordered to see a naval psychiatrist (Washington) about his volatile temper, little does he know that this first step will lead him on a remarkable emotional journey to confront his painful past and connect with the family he never knew.
**Audio Commentary by Director Denzel Washington and Producer Todd Black
**Meeting Antwone Fisher
**The Making of Antwone Fisher
**Hollywood and the Navy
Cast & Crew
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.
A riveting story well told.
Denzel Washington gives a sensitive yet powerful performance as a Navy psychiatrist, and newcomer Derek Luke is a pleasant surprise as the title character.
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.
The level of acting elevates the material above pat inspirational status and gives it a sturdiness and solidity that we've long associated with Washington the actor.
Watchful, flinty, unexpectedly vulnerable -- and so cathartic it could wring tears from a stone.