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Writer (WGA):
J.T. Allen (written by)
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Release Date:
3 March 2004 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Gangster, Death Row Inmate, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
Plot:
Redemption tells the story of Stan "Tookie" Williams, founder of the Crips L.A. street gang. Story follows his fall into gang-banging... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Controversy unfounded - Foxx displays amazing range See more (33 total) »

Cast

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Jamie Foxx ... Stan 'Tookie' Williams

Lynn Whitfield ... Barbara Becnel

Lee Thompson Young ... Charles Becnel

Brenden Jefferson ... Young Stan Williams (as Brenden Richard Jefferson)
Brenda Bazinet ... Barbara's Agent

Wes Williams ... Tony Bogard (as Wes 'Maestro' Williams)
Greg Ellwand ... Prison Chief

CCH Pounder ... Winnie Mandela
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ... Mrs. Williams

Tom Barnett ... Jim Kates

Karl Campbell ... Deuce-Five
Joseph Pierre ... 17yr. Old Ray Washington
Vibert Cobham ... Buddha
David Fraser ... Strange Man
Kahmaara Armatrading ... Stan Williams (9-12)

Marcus Johnson ... Monroe Kid
Garfield Williams ... Envoy
Aaron Meeks ... Banger #1
Donovan Palma ... Banger #2

Philip Craig ... Warden Gomez

Rosemary Dunsmore ... Warden Woodford

Shane Daly ... Associate Warden Scanlon
Calvin Green ... Balfour Armstrong
Alison MacLeod ... Mrs. Moore
Hadley Sandiford ... Ancient Man
Scott Wickware ... Security Detective
John Bayliss ... Robert Lee Morgan
Barbara Gordon ... Mrs. Morgan

Laura de Carteret ... Morgan Spokesperson
Reg Dreger ... Rosen Executive
Derek Keurvorst ... Professor Keach
Dan Duran ... Campus Reporter
Liz West ... Publisher #3
J.C. Kenny ... TV Reporter #1
Tim Gammon ... TV Reporter #2
Stefanie Samuels ... Female Guard

Arnold Pinnock ... Guard #1

Ted Ludzik ... Guard #2
Jean Daigle ... Guard #3
Martin Roach ... Guard Morales
Stephen Lee Wright ... Visiting Room Guard

Tommy Chang ... Junior Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul McGuire ... Reporter
Michael Stevens ... Inmate

Michael A. Amos ... Gang Member - Mau-Mau #4 (uncredited)
David Black ... Judge White (uncredited)

Directed by
Vondie Curtis-Hall 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
J.T. Allen (written by)

Produced by
Barbara Becnel .... co-producer
Sue Bugden .... producer
Frederick Capitelli .... executive producer
Maria Capitelli .... executive producer
Eva Garofalo .... producer
Jon Katzman .... executive producer
Jaime Rucker King .... executive producer
Marcus King .... executive producer
Rudy Langlais .... executive producer
Van Spurgeon .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
 
Cinematography by
David Greene 
 
Film Editing by
Terilyn A. Shropshire 
 
Production Design by
David Hackl 
 
Art Direction by
Michele Brady 
 
Set Decoration by
Norma Jean Sanders 
 
Costume Design by
Antoinette Messam 
 
Makeup Department
Etheline Joseph .... key hair stylist
Allison Mondesir .... key hair stylist
Sandra Wheatle .... key makeup artist
Omar Roessler .... daily makeup (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Greg Copeland .... production manager
Cliff Fenneman .... post-production supervisor
Wes Irwin .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yolanda Graci .... second assistant director
Chris Petrou .... trainee assistant director
Elizabeth Scherberger .... first assistant director
David Sparkes .... third assistant director (as David 'Sparky' Sparkes)
 
Art Department
Gordon Brown .... scenic artist
Fergus Cook .... clearances
J.P. Dame .... assistant property master
Bobby Hicks .... property master
Alan Letts .... head carpenter
Travis Staley .... key carpenter
Mike Stanek .... second assistant art director
Rob Valeriote .... lead carpenter
 
Sound Department
John Asman .... sound re-recording mixer
Fred Elio Capitelli .... sound
Nicholas Capitelli .... sound
Vince Gutierrez .... supervising sound editor
Thomas Hidderley .... sound mixer
Ozzie Kazakov .... sound mixer
Scott C. Kolden .... sound editor
Panou .... adr artist
Jivan Tahmizian .... sound editor
Bill Thiederman .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
John MacGillivray .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Roy T. Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Karl Campbell .... stunt performer
Tommy Chang .... stunt actor
Kerron Schullere .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Auger .... gaffer
Jonathan Billings .... key grip (as Jon Billings)
Sophie Giraud .... still photographer
Hakim Khalfani .... video assist operator
John Sztejnmiler .... generator operator
Glen Treilhard .... first assistant camera
Richard Wilmot .... camera operator
Josh Kuykendall .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Nicole Hilliard-Forde .... casting associate: Canada
Robi Reed .... casting: USA
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Crutcher .... assistant costume designer
Karen Lee .... wardrobe buyer
 
Editorial Department
J.R. Benson .... colorist
Cynthia Conel .... assistant editor
Emyr G. Graciano .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Todd Bozung .... music editor
Frederick Capitelli .... music editor
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Adam Swart .... music coordination and clearances
Garth Trinidad .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Frank Eldridge .... transportation coordinator
David Travis Grieb .... production driver
Glenn Midcap .... transportation coordinator: re-shoots, Los Angeles
Steven Sacrob .... driver
Rohan Singh .... transportation co-captain
Robert J. Young .... transportation captain: re-shoots, Los Angeles
 
Other crew
Hannelore Biesinger-Kee .... production accountant
Ava DuVernay .... publicity consultant
David Flaherty .... location manager
Kristine M. Gilbert .... production coordinator (as Kris Gilbert)
Devjani Gupta .... assistant to executive producer
Rachel Leko .... production assistant
Trina Petrik .... key craft
Jennifer K. Rosner .... assistant: David Madden
Chris Sheasgreen .... production assistant
Bosede Williams .... script supervisor
 

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95 min | USA:120 min | Argentina:116 min
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38 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Controversy unfounded - Foxx displays amazing range, 13 December 2004
Author: kerm from Michigan, USA

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.

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