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Redemption (2004)






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Actor/filmmaker Vondie Curtis-Hall directs the made-for-TV biopic Redemption, based on a true story. Jamie Foxx plays Stan "Tookie" Williams, the founder of the notorious L.A. street gang the Crips. Incarcerated at San Quentin on a multiple-murder charge, Tookie focuses his leadership abilities on running the prison. Meanwhile, Professor Barbara Becnel (Lynn Whitfield) tries to contact him for an interview as she researches her next book. However, he refuses to help her. When a fellow inmate passes him a dictionary, he starts a process of self education. Eventually, he becomes willing to talk to Becnel, leading him to a reformation and new career as a children's book writer and youth activist. Redemption was shown at the Sundance Film Festival before its television premiere on FX in 2004.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Faith & Spirituality, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: J.T. Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 17, 2004
FX Network


Jamie Foxx
as Stan `Tookie' Willia...
Lynn Whitfield
as Barbara Becnel
CCH Pounder
as Winnie Mandela
Brenden Jefferson
as Young Stan Williams
Lee Thompson Young
as Charles Purdom
Brenda Bazinet
as Barbara's Agnet
Greg Ellwand
as Prison Chief
Tom Barnett
as Jim Kates
Karl Campbell
as Deuce-Five
Joseph Pierre
as Ray Washington (age ...
Kahmaara Armatrading
as Stan Williams (ages ...
Philip Craig
as Warden Gomez
Rosemary Dunsmore
as Warden Woodford
Shane Daly
as Assoc. Warden Scanlo...
Calvin Green
as Balfour Armstrong
Alison MacLeod
as Mrs. Moore
John Bayliss
as Robert Lee Morgan
Barbara Gordon
as Mrs. Morgan
Derek Keurvost
as Prof. Keach
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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.

Khris N

Super Reviewer

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

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer


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.

Kevin Mozulay
Kevin Mozulay

Super Reviewer

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