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Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)

Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's ... See full summary »

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Stan 'Tookie' Williams
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Barbara Becnel
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Charles Becnel
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Young Stan Williams (as Brenden Richard Jefferson)
Brenda Bazinet ...
Barbara's Agent
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Tony Bogard (as Wes 'Maestro' Williams)
Greg Ellwand ...
Prison Chief
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Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ...
Mrs. Williams
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Jim Kates
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Deuce-Five
Joseph Pierre ...
17yr. Old Ray Washington
Vibert Cobham ...
Buddha
David Fraser ...
Strange Man
Kahmaara Armatrading ...
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Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging, his prison term, and his work writing children's novels encouraging peace and anti-violence resolutions which earned him multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominations. After exhausting all forms of appeal, Tookie was executed by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison, California; he was declared dead on December 13, 2005 at 12:35 a.m. PST (08:35 UTC). Williams is the 12th person to be executed by California since it reinstated the death penalty in 1977. Written by Anonymous

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Gangster, Death Row Inmate, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

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Drama | Crime

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Excellently Done
12 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this movie is excellently done. It tells Williams' story in vivid detail and lets you know a lot about him. Anyone who is in either the Bloods or the Crips needs to see this movie, as well as people who aren't in gangs, but want to know more about them. We watched this movie in my Health class last year and I became fascinated with Williams and how he tried to escape the violent life he'd led by doing good for others. This has changed the way I look at gangs and I really think people need to see this movie for their opinions to change as well. Tookie Williams admits that he regretted the things he did and for that, he deserves to be granted clemency...although that will never happen now. I feel sorry that such a good influence has to be destroyed. He didn't start out well but he more than made up for it. I suppose the ones too shallow to see that are the ones calling for his death, and truly I pity them. If they look upon his works and call them insignificant because they were written by a gang member then they are crazy and need to be shown what change is.


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