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Redemption - The Stan "Tookie" Williams Story

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Based on the true story of Crips street gang founder Stan "Tookie" Williams.

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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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B14UC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,324 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Redemption - The Stan "Tookie" Williams Story" on IMDb

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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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Jamie Foxx is not one of my favorite actors, but I have to say this was the best role I've seen him in. We bought it because it featured Lee Thompson Young, a most talented young man who commited suicide about a year ago. Even though his role was limited, it was played well.

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.
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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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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:

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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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