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Redemption - The Stan "Tookie" Williams Story
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I am always suspicious of those who suddenly "see the light" after they're tossed in prison. I'm very glad he wanted to keep kids from following in his footsteps. It's a shame that he didn't have footsteps worth following into in the first place.
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.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie was EVERYTHING I remembered. Jamie Foxx did a wonderful job portraying "Stan Williams". A must see moviePublished 2 months ago by Angela Riley
The quality of this flim ok but the audio was bad, I also believed that I got
Scam, for a knockoff
I was very satisfied with the quality and condition of the DVD.Published 5 months ago by James Zunno
Movie was well done an Jamie Foxx was a great pick to play Tookie he hit out of the parkPublished 14 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 15 months ago by herman goodloe