Who will cry for the little boy, lost and all alone?
Who will cry for the little boy, abandoned without his own?
Who will cry for the little boy? He cried himself to sleep.
Who will cry for the little boy? He never had for keeps.
Who will cry for the little boy? He walked the burning sand.
Who will cry for the little boy? The boy inside the man.
Who will cry for the little boy? Who knows well hurt and pain.
Who will cry for the little boy? He died and died again.
Who will cry for the little boy? A good boy he tried to be.
Who will cry for the little boy, who cries inside of me?Antwone Fisher
is a 2002 drama film and Denzel Washington
's directorial debut. It's based on the autobiography Finding Fish
about naval officer Antwone Fisher's experiences coming to terms with his abusive childhood.
Antwone (played by Derek Luke) is a violent, troubled naval cadet who begins sessions with psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington). During the sessions, Antwone narrates details of his childhood experiences, which included beatings, sexual abuse and seeing his best friend shot before his eyes. The two men become friends and help each other deal with their own relationship conflicts.
This film contains examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Mrs. Tate, Antwone's foster mother, beat him and his foster brothers regularly while they were growing up, and also threatened to burn Antwone with fire and once stole money from him that he'd earned running errands for neighbors. Much later, Antwone gets to take her to task for it.
- Big Eater: "I could eat."
- Calling The Old Woman Out: As explained above, Antwone pulls this on Mrs. Tate for her treatment of him in childhood.
Antwone: It don't matter what you tried to do, you couldn't destroy me! I'm still standing! I'm still strong! And I always will be.
- Character Development: Antwone gets several much-needed doses of this throughout the movie, from his sessions with Davenport and his interactions with fellow naval officer Cheryl. At the end of the movie, Davenport acknowledges his own development as a soldier and as a man due to his time spent with Antwone.
- Forgiveness: A major theme of the movie. It's discussed between Antwone and Davenport.
Davenport: "Regard without ill-will despite an offense." That's Webster's definition of forgiveness.
Antwone: Why do I have to forgive?
Davenport: So you can get on with your life.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: For roughly the first half of the movie, Antwone has serious anger management issues. His sessions with Davenport to deal with this begin as part of his punishment for starting a fight with another sailor who delivered a joke that Antwone interpreted as a racial slur.
- Manly Tears: Antwone sheds a few while reading the "Who Will Cry For the Little Boy?" poem to Davenport at the Thanksgiving dinner.
Davenport: (at the end of the poem) Who will cry for the little boy, Antwone?
- Parental Abandonment: Antwone's father died before he was born, and his mother, who gave birth to him while in prison, gave him up to the foster-care system and never came to reclaim him.
- Their First Time: Antwone and his love interest Cheryl get intimate late into the movie, while searching for his biological relatives.
- Workaholic: Davenport, by his own admission. It was his way of coping with the fact that his relationship with his wife was strained by their inability to have children.