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Redemption
     

Redemption

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Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Lynn Whitfield, Lee Thompson Young

 

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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

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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 its 1971 formation, the Crips was the biggest and most powerful gang in the country, with branches in virtually every state. Ultimately, Williams is charged with murder and sentenced to San Quentin's death row in 1987. There he experiences an epiphany and becomes an advocate for peace, harmony, and tolerance, writing children's books that preach against the lure of street gangs. As the years roll by and the date of his execution draws closer, Williams manages to negotiate a peace between the Crips and their chief rivals, the Bloods, and even manages to receive three Nobel Prize nominations. Lynn Whitfield co-stars as Barbara Becnel, the crusading journalist who helped Williams see the light -- not so much to save his soul, but to prevent a similar fate from befalling her own son. Although considerable liberties are taken with the facts, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story neither glamorizes nor excuses its title character, nor the "gangsta" culture that he so enthusiastically embraced in his youth. After a showing at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie made its FX network debut on March 3, 2004.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
UPC:
0024543022503
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Sales rank:
37,680

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by director Vondie Curtis Hall, film editor Terilyn Shropsire and co-producer Barbara Becnel; Audio message from Stan "Tookie" Williams

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jamie Foxx Stan "Tookie" Williams
Lynn Whitfield Prof. Barbara Becnel
Lee Thompson Young Charles Becnel
Brenden Jefferson Young Stan Williams
Brenda Bazinet Barbara's Agnet
Wes "Maestro" Williams Tony Bogard
Greg Ellwand Prison Chief
CCH Pounder Winnie Mandela
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins Mrs. Williams
Tom Barnett Jim Kates
Karl Campbell Deuce-Five
Joseph Pierre Ray Washington (age 17)
Vincent Cobham Buddha
Kahmaara Armatrading Stan Williams (ages 9-12)
Philip Craig Warden Gomez
Rosemary Dunsmore Warden Woodford
Shane Daly Assoc. Warden Scanlon
Calvin Green Balfour Armstrong
Alison MacLeod Mrs. Moore
John Bayliss Robert Lee Morgan
Barbara Gordon Mrs. Morgan
Derek Keurvost Prof. Keach

Technical Credits
Vondie Curtis-Hall Director
J.T. Allen Screenwriter
Barbara Becnel Co-producer
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Sue Bugden Producer
Frederick Capitelli Executive Producer
Maria Capitelli Executive Producer
Robin D. Cook Casting
Eva Garofalo Producer
David Greene Cinematographer
Dave Hackel Art Director
David Hackl Production Designer
David Harckel Art Director
Thomas Hudderley Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Katzman Executive Producer
John Rucker King Executive Producer
Marcus King Executive Producer
Jaime Rucker King Executive Producer
Rudy Langlais Executive Producer
Robi Reed Casting
Terilyn A. Shropshire Editor
Van Spurgeon Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen Version
1. Opening Credits [2:38]
2. Book Proposal [1:49]
3. Incarcerated [5:09]
4. In the Hole [5:06]
5. The Word [4:19]
6. First Meeting [6:28]
7. History of the Crips [8:12]
8. Abandoned [5:41]
9. William's Words [8:18]
10. "Give Me the Gun" [1:38]
11. Message of Peace [3:46]
12. Put to Death [2:51]
13. For Young Readers [3:45]
14. Winnie Mandela's Visit [2:44]
15. Nobel Peace Nomination [2:26]
16. Appeal Denied [4:59]
17. Visit From Mom [2:53]
18. Moving Day [2:36]
19. Personal Attack [4:29]
20. "My Word" [3:49]
21. The True Meaning [3:42]
22. Reaching Out [2:17]
23. Personal Redemption [2:07]
24. End Credits [1:07]
Side #2 -- Full Screen Version
1. Opening Credits [2:38]
2. Book Proposal [1:49]
3. Incarcerated [5:09]
4. In the Hole [5:06]
5. The Word [4:19]
6. First Meeting [6:28]
7. History of the Crips [8:12]
8. Abandoned [5:41]
9. William's Words [8:18]
10. "Give Me the Gun" [1:38]
11. Message of Peace [3:46]
12. Put to Death [2:51]
13. For Young Readers [3:45]
14. Winnie Mandela's Visit [2:44]
15. Nobel Peace Nomination [2:26]
16. Appeal Denied [4:59]
17. Visit From Mom [2:53]
18. Moving Day [2:36]
19. Personal Attack [4:29]
20. "My Word" [3:49]
21. The True Meaning [3:42]
22. Reaching Out [2:17]
23. Personal Redemption [2:07]
24. End Credits [1:07]

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Redemption 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie and it was so real!!. I truly believe in redemption and Stanley Tookie Williams has been a positive force to help stop gang violence and bring peace. The scene with bloods and crips meeting in the same room was awesome. I will recommend this movie to all my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so real it realy shows you what really happens on the street. The #1 reason I recomend this movie because it is a tru story and shows you how a person can change their life and help others change theirs. I would recomend this film to everyone.