Redemption (2004)

Redemption

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Jamie Foxx once again brilliantly demonstrates his acting chops as Stan "Tookie" Williams, the South Central Los Angeles native who, at the age of 17, co-founded the infamous Crips street gang. If one is to believe the script of this made-for-cable film, Williams hadn't intended the Crips to wallow in crime and violence; instead, he'd hoped that the gang would form a united front to protect his 'hood from other gangbangers. Needless to say, it didn't turn out that way, and within a few years of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Television , Faith & Spirituality , Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: J.T. Allen
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On DVD: Aug 17, 2004
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Cast


as Stan `Tookie' Willia...

as Barbara Becnel

as Winnie Mandela

as Young Stan Williams

as Charles Purdom

as Barbara's Agnet

as Prison Chief

as Jim Kates

as Deuce-Five

as Ray Washington (age ...

as Stan Williams (ages ...

as Warden Gomez

as Warden Woodford

as Assoc. Warden Scanlo...

as Balfour Armstrong

as Mrs. Moore

as Robert Lee Morgan

as Mrs. Morgan

as Prof. Keach
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½

A very good biopic, most of us woulnt have heard about it. Most of you probably wouldnt have heard about Stanley "Tookie" Williams.

Take a trip into California State Supermax and meet the man responsible for the gang wars and bloodshed which has taken over South Central LA for the last 30 years... but you are not going to meet a crazy, drug dealing , psychotic gang banger with a grudge against society. Instead you'll meet an intelligent, clear minded and philosophical death row inmate who changed the world... by writing children's help books. Tookie Williams has decided to seek redemption for his crimes and his legacy by choosing to help the young kids by educating them on the right path in life, before his death sentence is carried out.

With the help of a sympathetic journalist, Tookie manages to change his legacy from hate and violence to a message of peace, which brings the attention of the world to him... and in turn recieving a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

Foxx's performance is the key here - as the blurb states, 2004 was his golden year and this was no exception for displaying his acting talents. The movie is obviously one sided a bit, and a lot Tookie's past life is hidden. But of course, the movie is focused on the man's transformation in prison and his effect on the world.


Enjoy it if you like bio pics... just dont expect big budget greatness, its a movie which is pulled by raw talent alone. And does it very well.

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kpn666
Khris N

Super Reviewer

It was ok...The Movie should of showed more of him coming up and the picture was pretty plain^_^

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EightThirty
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

½

The story about the man who started gang violence and the Crips gang, named Stan "Tookie" Williams, is definitely shaky, but still good. If the film had a bigger budget, a more present soundtrack, and was written a few years later, it would have been Oscar-material. You can tell this was filmed very cheaply, but that's not much of a problem. The biggest problem is the ending, which was left running a tad dry. It's even more agonizing to know that Tookie died in prison only a year after this film's release, which means had the filmmakers waited a while, they could have incorporated a deep and emotionally rich ending. Of course, nobody knew that would have happened, so you can't place the blame on anyone. Jamie Foxx is good, but he's not going to win over any awards. Tookie is an interesting character though; it's always a treat to watch an intellectual speak out and declare what he thinks right and wrong. Even though the film has it's shortcomings, it's still a good film, considering the budget it was made on.

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Kevin Mozulay
Kevin Mozulay

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