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Redemption - The Stan "Tookie" Williams Story (2004)

Jamie Foxx , Lynn Whitfield , Vondie Curtis-Hall  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jamie Foxx, Lynn Whitfield, Lee Thompson Young, Brenden Jefferson, Brenda Bazinet
  • Directors: Vondie Curtis-Hall
  • Writers: J.T. Allen
  • Producers: Barbara Becnel, Eva Garofalo, Frederick Capitelli, Jaime Rucker King, Jon Katzman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B14UC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Redemption - The Stan "Tookie" Williams Story" on IMDb

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  • A message from Stan "Tookie" Williams to inner city youth
  • A message about redemption by Stan "Tookie" Williams

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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. Tookie’s 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

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33 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THIS MAN SHOULD TAKE THE STAND AND BE AN EXAMPLE December 4, 2005
By maze
I work in an anti-gang program and alot of people around me disagree, but this is what I feel: If Tookie's anti-gang work meant anything at all, he should take the punishment that was given to him like a man. He should take a stand and be the example to the youths and gang memebers by showing them what will happen to them if they continue.....THEN he can get his Nobel Peace Prize. Otherwise, we are just influenced that he was bored in jail all these years with nothing else to do. As usual, the victims are forgotten. There is no bringing back his innocent victims, they are gone forever, and there would be no justice for their families. And for the people that are rallying to stop his execution - what if it was one of your family members that was killed by him, would you be supporting him then ? I dont think so. I understand that cultures have their ways and people do what they do to survive, but in no way should that lifestyle be glamourized to the extent that it is today. We've got to stop seeing gang members, drug dealers, pimps, etc as heroes. Everyone is on the African-American tip these days, but this is not about racism, or being on their side, this side or that side. When it comes to being so inhumane as to end someone's life, there is no 'side', that is a crime against human nature. Jamie Foxx is an excellent actor, but he's got to stop and think what he's doing - if that was one of his family members that was killed by Tookie, i bet you he would not be promoting his clemency. I say all this because of our children, our youths. They have such limited freedom these days, and its a shame that they cannot experience the wonderful childhood that most of us adults in our 30's (and above) had when we were children.
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34 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good film about a lying killer November 30, 2005
This may be a good film - but the subject, Stanley Williams, is a liar and a killer. That makes the title, REDEMPTION, a lie itself. There's no redemption for someone who denies his sins.

WORLD NET DAILY reports the following:


Williams, 51, was convicted of the 1979 murders of Tsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang, Yee-Chen Lin and Albert Owens in two separate robberies. . . .

"Stanley Williams does not deserve this mercy," said the DA's report to the governor. "In fact, despite the overwhelming nature of the evidence against him, and despite the non-existence of any credible defense, Stanley Williams has steadfastly refused to take any responsibility for the brutal, destructive, and murderous acts he committed. Without such responsibility, there can be no redemption, there can be no atonement, and there should be no mercy."

Though Williams has steadfastly denied committing the four murders, the DA's report says he admitted the crimes to the following people:

James Garrett, a man with whom Williams lived most of the time before and after the murders were committed. The DA says Garrett possessed specific details of the crime and that Williams threatened to kill one of his accomplices, Alfred Coward.

Ester Garrett, the wife of James Garrett, who said Williams characterized the Taiwanese motel owners murdered in one of the robberies as "Buddhaheads." She said Williams also admitted killing another "white dude" for $63 and indicated he was also considering killing Coward.

Coward, one of Williams' accomplices, testified that Williams laughed about the murder of Owens. "You should have heard the way he sounded when I shot him," Coward recalled Williams saying. He followed this statement with growling noises.

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I will admit that this is not much as far as a film-quality production, but I GUARANTEE you it is WELL worth your time to watch one of the most amazing stories about a remarkable man that made the most unlikely, 180-degree positive turnarounds in his life that you will have ever heard about in all of history. I know a decent amount of historical facts, but never have I learned about a person that went from one incredible extreme of malicious intent, to a truly benevolent, beautiful human being. Extraordinary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Redemption March 28, 2013
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Seen it before but this is a MUST own movie! With out a doubt Jamie Foxx did a great job in it too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Really a Religious Story May 13, 2012
I'm a sucker for movies based on true stories. This one seems very, very real. And it is very, very potent medicine.

Coming so soon after "American History X," I'm still mystified about the whole gang phenomenon, but Stan "Tookie" Williams (played with incredible energy by Jamie Foxx) has gone a long, long way to explain it to me. He was the founder of the Crips, the gang that consolidated many other gangs in Los Angeles, and eventually went national and apparently even international. But Tookie went to San Quentin's death row for the murder of four men in gang violence.

Enter Professor Barbara Bechnel (played by Lynn Whitfield), who has a teenage son she's terribly worried about. She wants to write a book about Tookie and the origins of the Crips. But when she goes to Quentin to visit him, she gradually finds that there's a lot more going on here than a biography. He wants to write books for children warning them away from gangs, and against her literary agent's advice, she does it.

Despite the title, the movie is not particularly religious in nature. Tookie is a theist, but not a church member. His attitude is that he must face God on his own.

Powerful movie; powerful enough that I'm determined to look for those books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, it had Lee Thompson Young, and that's a good thing.
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 more
Published 2 months ago by Kathleen Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring movie.
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 11 months ago by Debbie G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
It gave an interesting insight into the formation of the gang however there were quite a few details from his life that were left out. It was nonetheless educational.
Published 14 months ago by riderchic
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie at a good price
I needed this movie because I teach one of Stanley Williams' books in my Reading class. It is always great to reinforce a book with a movie. The kids enjoy it.
Published 21 months ago by hot teacher
3.0 out of 5 stars Messed up on the most pivotal issues in such exceptional story
How would a gangster and murderer won the Noble Prize for peace was totally skipped in the movie except of a brief speech by the representative of Sweden and a visit from Mme... Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Mohamed F. El-Hewie
5.0 out of 5 stars Any life can be redeemed
A powerful story of restoraion of a man's heart and transformation of his life. For those who fear that past transgression disqualifies them from redemptive change, the story of... Read more
Published on December 5, 2010 by rxstorecowboy
2.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic Attempt to Glorify a Killer
Hollywood places Stanley "Tookie" Williams on a pedestal and raises him to Heaven. They gloss over the violence and murders committed by Williams, and focus solely on his... Read more
Published on May 27, 2009 by Calamity Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting reality drama
Excellent movie showing the hardship of people and how they can affect an entire community and country. Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by Margaret D. Curtis
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't meet my expectations
2.5 stars. Nice try, but I wasn't buying Jamie as Tookie. I know the filmmakers are trying to convince the audience that Mr. Read more
Published on September 11, 2007 by nodice
4.0 out of 5 stars Stanley - death row inmate
I've watch this movie redemption about Stanley Tookie Williams, and I must say the movie isn't half interesting as his book Blue rage black redemptions, this movie dosn't tell half... Read more
Published on July 23, 2007 by Diana King
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