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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:
A poor opening should not detract from what is, in fairness, a fairly good film 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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A poor opening should not detract from what is, in fairness, a fairly good film, 20 March 2006
Author: davideo-2 from United Kingdom

STAR RATING: ***** The Works **** Just Misses the Mark *** That Little Bit In Between ** Lagging Behind * The Pits

A true story depicting the story of Crips founder Stanley 'Tookie' Williams, played by Jamie Foxx. Imprisoned on multiple counts of murder in the early 80s, the film takes off on the verge of Tookie's execution date, when he is visited by a journalist (Lynn Whitfield) eager to learn about the gang culture. Impressed by the intelligent and seemingly remorseful man she now sees in front of her, she is astonished when he asks for her help-in writing children's books warning of the dangers of gang life! This is the beginning of his path to true redemption and his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I got a little caught up last year in the big Tookie debate as the day of his execution dawned (or maybe just a little after it.) Ancient history now, but I thought it would still be interesting to check this film out and learn a little bit more about the story behind Tookie.

As the actor playing him, Foxx was one of the celebrity vocal exponents for granting clemency to Tookie in the closing days before his execution. I'm willing to bet he met the man and spoke with him to research his part a bit, and that his portrayal of the imprisoned man is fairly accurate. Tookie's crimes sound truly despicable and in the eyes of many his death by lethal injection may even have sounded too merciful, but I think what the film is trying to portray is an example of how the American prison system has worked in it's ability to 'rehabilitate' a criminal and make him into a more intelligent, if not entirely decent, human being. With Foxx in the lead role, I can't help but feel his personal politics on the matter may have had some say in how the script panned out, and at times it does feel a little one-sided, going to great lengths to show the new improved Tookie without going into too much detail of the atrocious crimes he committed, but then a few other films could be accused of that recently.

Quality wise, the film suffers from a bit of a disjointed opening, with too much use of flashy camera effects. Early on, this actually put me in such low expectations for the rest of the film that I actually found myself nodding off for a bit. But Foxx does deliver a compelling performance in the lead role and things do get more interesting as the film goes on. Plus it should be commended for wrapping the very heavy subject matter it's depicting up in just under an hour and a half. ***

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