Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama, Crime  |  3 March 2004 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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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
Joseph Pierre ...
17yr. Old Ray Washington
Vibert Cobham ...
Strange Man
Kahmaara Armatrading ...
Stan Williams (9-12)


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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" I was very moved by this film "
5 September 2004 | by (shreveport, louisiana) – See all my reviews

This movie was brilliantly directed and very moving. Before watching this movie, I never knew the true story behind the creation of the gangs in California. My outlook on gangs was vague but very harsh. This film opened me up to a whole new world of insight on gangs and the man himself Stan "Tookie" Williams. This film showed me that with a positive influence anything is possible. This film should be watched by not only want to be gang members but children of all creeds and nationality. My kids watched this movie and were very moved by what they saw also. This movie gets two thumbs up for a well directed, well acted, well portrayed story of Mr. Williams. If i were offered the opportunity to meet him it would be an honor for not only myself, but my kids as well.

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