MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 997 this week

Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Crime  -  3 March 2004 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 2,572 users  
Reviews: 33 user | 7 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 25 Nov 2012
 
a list of 51 titles
created 28 Jan 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 11 Jul 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 19 Aug 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (TV Movie 2004)

Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (TV Movie 2004) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Inspired by his fiancée (who dumped him), a man publishes a break-up hand-book for men, becoming a best-selling author in the process.

Director: Daniel Taplitz
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut
Held Up (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

While they're on vacation in the Southwest, Rae finds out her man Michael spent their house money on a classic car, so she dumps him, hitching a ride to Vegas for a flight home. A kid ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Nia Long, Barry Corbin
Booty Call (1997)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two friends who have gone too long without sex set out to get some.

Director: Jeff Pollack
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox
Bait (2000)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An ex-con is used by police to lure a criminal out of hiding.

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Jamie Foxx, David Morse, Robert Pastorelli
Ray I (2004)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington
The Jamie Foxx Show (1996–2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Garrett Morris, Garcelle Beauvais
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A woman must contend with rival strippers and her boss in an attempt to make a legitimate living.

Director: Ice Cube
Stars: LisaRaye McCoy-Misick, Dick Anthony Williams, Judyann Elder
Shade (2003)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Shade is set in the world of poker hustlers working the clubs and martini bars of Los Angeles. The tale unfolds as a group of hustlers encounter "The Dean" and pull off a successful sting ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Nieman
Stars: Joe Nicolo, Carl Mazzocone Sr., George Tovar
Miami Vice (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Based on the 1980s TV action/drama, this update focuses on vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs as their respective personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined.

Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Li Gong
Short | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Director: Rashidi Natara Harper
Stars: Jamie Foxx, LisaRaye McCoy-Misick
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Barbara Becnel, Shirley Neal
Malice N Wonderland (Video 2010)
Short | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The story of superhero Malice in his hometown of crime plagued Wonderland. The safety of the city is up to Malice who fights crime and strives to bring peace back to his neighborhood.

Director: Erick Peyton
Stars: Snoop Dogg, Denyce Lawton, Jamie Foxx
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Stan 'Tookie' Williams
...
Barbara Becnel
...
Charles Becnel
...
Young Stan Williams (as Brenden Richard Jefferson)
Brenda Bazinet ...
Barbara's Agent
...
Tony Bogard (as Wes 'Maestro' Williams)
Greg Ellwand ...
Prison Chief
...
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ...
Mrs. Williams
...
Jim Kates
...
Deuce-Five
Joseph Pierre ...
17yr. Old Ray Washington
Vibert Cobham ...
Buddha
David Fraser ...
Strange Man
Kahmaara Armatrading ...
Stan Williams (9-12)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Gangster, Death Row Inmate, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Genres:

Drama | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Noir comme l'espoir  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

We Will Dream
Performed by Alexia Seiler
Written by George Howard & Fred Capitelli
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Controversy unfounded - Foxx displays amazing range
13 December 2004 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

While packing up my apartment to move, Redemption just happened to come on the TV. I had heard about the controversy surrounding the movie, how it was supposed to "glamorize" gang behavior and justify it. Needless to say (or else I wouldn't be writing this), I got hooked on the film, and didn't get much packing done.

Tookie Williams co-founded the Crips in LA, but after his arrest and death sentence for the murders of several people, Williams embarked on a different path. While on death row, he has written a children's series of books aimed at preventing gang violence. For his efforts, he has been nominated multiple times for the Nobel Peace Prize, and is credited with a truce between the Crips and the Bloods in Newark, NJ.

The film, which chronicles Williams' life, shows how he grew up and got involved with gangs. However, the main thrust of the film is clearly that violence is not right, and that Williams, knowing what he knows now, is seeking to undo as much of his own actions as he can.

Williams does not discount the glamorous lifestyle that gangs allowed him, but recognizes now the pain and destruction that they cause. Williams himself understands the seductive nature of the gang, and is striving to help young people understand the consequences of their actions, before they do them.

Jamie Foxx, up to this point an underrated actor, displays amazing range in his portrayal of Williams. We are meant to see Williams, not as a great man, but rather as a flawed human being, one who has made mistakes and now is fighting to atone for them. If we cannot learn from our mistakes, we are no better than those we criticize. Foxx's performance, for which he has received many accolades, is incredible to watch.

If you are still reading this, you have enough of an open mind to appreciate this film. Please don't let the negative criticism dissuade you from watching this film. The film does not shirk from attempting to show the seductive side of gangs, but it also leaves no question about which side Williams is on. Williams' cause to eliminate gang warfare is a righteous one, and if he succeeds, we all win.


38 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
why are so much people against Stanley ? lamcphan
opening song vikingou
Stanley's Kids phillipsnd
cast the first stone! jansenm
ignorance krsnefan
The Swiss MP that supported nomination ... pirasite

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?