The Lena Baker Story (Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story) (2009)

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The Lena Baker Story, starring Tichina Arnold, Beverly Todd and Peter Coyote, tells the civil rights story of a young, impoverished girl in rural Georgia in the early 1900s, who - in a desperate attempt to break free of physical and mental abuse - accidentally killed a White man. With a dismissive lawyer by her side, a jury of 12 Caucasian men found her guilty in a trial and deliberation that, together, lasted less than four hours. Due to a long clemency campaign led by her family, including in more recent years her grand-nephew Roosevelt Curry, Georgia's Pardon and Parole Board finally granted a posthumous pardon in 2005 - six decades after her execution - ruling that a "grievous error" occurred when she was denied clemency following her trial. "I believe she's somewhere around God's throne and can look down and smile," reflects Curry. -- (C) Barholtz Entertainment Inc.
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PG-13 (for mature thematic material involving racism, violence, alcoholism, and some sexual content)
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Drama
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Cast

Tichina Arnold
as Lena Baker
Chris Burns
as Max Arthur
Michael Rooker
as Sheriff Haney
Peter Coyote
as Elliot Arthur
Beverly Todd
as Annie Baker
Paul Montgomery
as Reverend James
Natalie L. Richardson
as Teenage Lena
Michaela Worthy
as Alice Lee Baker
Tom Nowicki
as Judge Winslow
Kaya Camp
as Young Lena
L. Warren Young
as Milton Baker
Dwayne Boyd
as Juke Joint Man
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This movie was very moving. Tichina Arnold did an amazing job. This was a touching, real life situation that should never have happened. This women was held captive, and abused by a sick white man for years...yet they executed her for defending herself. How dare they pardon her decades later. That only seemed like a sick joke to me. Well done, and excellent cast.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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The story seemed quite hopeless and I felt for her. On one hand, she had MANY telling her to stay away from that man. To me, that translated into taking her children and moving away (if needed), but she didn't. On the other hand, it WAS during a VERY different time and she opted to defend herself, whereas MANY others died at the hands of another.

Tichina did a so-so job. I guess (in my mind) she's been kinda type-casted (to me) as a strong woman (in MOST of her roles), so she really needed to re-vamp herself to appear vulnerable (which she failed to do in this role).....in my opinion. Afterall, Lena was an educated slave. Unfortunately her choices seemed to not reflect that.

A tragic story.

Tasha C
Tasha C

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