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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:
Potentially powerful movie fails to find a steady pace 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)
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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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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Potentially powerful movie fails to find a steady pace, 19 December 2005
Author: vincent-100 from South Africa

The topic of Stan Williams often incites heated and emotional debate. A movie about his life was therefore a perfect opportunity to inform both sides of the armchair debaters, showing why Tookie was put in prison and sketching the events leading to his self-claimed redemption. Tookie was a wretched man - he said so himself. The movie should have shown how wretched he was. It should have shown the violence he was exposed to when he was young, the murders he was convicted for, his violent behaviour in prison for many years before he had a change of heart. He also always claimed he was innocent of the crimes he was sentenced for, so there was an opportunity to film the murders with some doubt as to the perpetrator. It could really have built around the doubt, and played on the emotional conflict of carrying out the sentence or having mercy on a changed man. But the movie doesn't focus on the character change of Tookie. It never focuses on his violent nature, and the viewer is not taken on the journey of the evolving character. Instead, the film starts off with the nice Tookie Williams who has kind eyes and a nature that evokes sympathy. His former crimes are only eluded to, and he is depicted as an honest man seeking release from prison as a place he can't get used to and just doesn't belong. Jamie Foxx is a brilliant actor, but unfortunately does not portray the latent demon that was Tookie. Jamie is too nice-looking, and not nearly huge enough. If you are not familiar with the Tookie Williams story, this movie will seem to jump around a lot and will not make as much sense as it is supposed to. Those unfamiliar with the story will side immediately with Tookie and want him to be released from prison. As such, it is not an accurate portrayal, and it is not clear what the film was trying to create. The movie never really finds its rhythm and it is an unfortunate lost opportunity. The viewer should have a good idea of how bad Tookie was, and then be able to judge for himself the genuineness of the change, and only then start to question what Tookie's fate should have been. These questions did not need to be answered in the movie, but they should at least have been posed. Instead, the end result is a random and inelegant sympathetic sketch of Tookie's last days that ends on an imperfect cadence.

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