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Jamie Foxx gives a ?career defining? performance (DAILY VARIETY) as Stan ?Tookie? Williams, founder of the notorious Crips street gang in this riveting true story. Awaiting execution on death row, Tookie is now determined to stop the violence he helped create. When he begins a crusade to steer children away from gangs by writing a series of powerful anti-gang books, he earns worldwide critical acclaim, as well as four Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
In the annals of acting, 2004 will be remembered as a banner year for Jamie Foxx. Before his acclaimed turns in Collateral, alongside Tom Cruise, and Ray, the Ray Charles biopic, he produced and starred in this made-for-cable movie about former gangbanger Stan "Tookie" Williams. Directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Vondie Curtis Hall (Gridlock'd), Redemption tracks Tookie's rise as co-founder of L.A.s notorious Crips, fall to death-row inmate, and rise again to Nobel Prize Nominee. Tookies reminiscences to journalist Barbara Becnel (Lynn Whitfield), while he is on death row, frame the story. Virtually unrecognizable from his days on In Living Color, a buffed-up, dreadlocked Foxx gives an effectively low-key performance, while Whitfield also shines in a less rewarding role. Redemption may not have the grandeur of Malcolm X or The Hurricane--and Tookie's transformation from man of violence to man of peace happens too quickly--but his story is just as inspirational. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Movie was well done an Jamie Foxx was a great pick to play Tookie he hit out of the parkPublished 5 months ago by Eddie Muniz
I have the DVD on Tookie Williams on American Gangster. I love all informative documents. A good buy for anyone who likes this kind of movie.Published 5 months ago by herman goodloe
Watched this movie over and over. My sister has the kids at Boys and Girls Club watch it for gang prevention. It is a must see plus I got it so cheap.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jamie Foxx is not one of my favorite actors, but I have to say this was the best role I've seen him in. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kathleen Simmons
This is a great tale of a gangster that wanted to do good at the last and tells us that nobody is beyond redemption.Published 23 months ago by Debbie G.