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Antwone Fisher is a 2002 American drama film directed by Denzel Washington, marking his directorial debut. He also stars in the film as the psychiatrist, Jerome Davenport, alongside Hollywoodmarker newcomers Derek Luke, who plays the title role (and personally knew the real Antwone Fisher), and ex-model Joy Bryant, as Fisher's girlfriend.

The film is inspired by a true story, with the real Antwone Fisher credited as the screenwriter, and is based on his autobiographical book Finding Fish. The film was produced by Washington, Nancy Paloian, and Todd Black, and features a soundtrack by Mychael Danna.

Black was first inspired to make the film upon hearing the story from Fisher, who was then working as a security guard at Sony Pictures Studios.

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The film is about an American sailor who finds himself confronting his traumatic past after being sent to a naval psychologist. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Various flashbacks directly present his foster mother physically abusing him. Another flashback has her daughter ordering him to kiss her and then go to the basement where it is presumed she sexually abused him at age six whenever the mother left them alone. Through the guidance of his naval psychologist, he not only confronts his painful past but also begins a quest to find the family he never knew.

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The film received favorable reviews from film critics, as review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 78% of critics gave the film positive write-ups, based on 144 reviews. Praise was given especially towards Washington's directing.

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