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Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story (2008)
"The Lena Baker Story" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  10 April 2008 (USA)
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A chronicle of the life of Lena Baker, the first woman to be sent to the electric chair in Georgia for the murder of her employer, who forced her into sexual slavery.

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Annie Baker
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Elliot Arthur
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Sheriff Haney
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Max Arthur
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Mrs. Riddle (as Susie Spears)
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Mr. Powell
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Natalie L. Richardson ...
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Jasmine Farmer ...
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Santana Shalton ...
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Older Royal (as Brandon Sanders)
Kajuan Wilson ...
Earl
Christopher Haywood Jr. ...
Sam
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A chronicle of the life of Lena Baker, the first woman to be sent to the electric chair in Georgia for the murder of her employer, who forced her into sexual slavery.

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Crime | Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving racism, violence, alcoholism, and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Lena Baker being the first woman executed in Georgia but she is not the first woman to be sentenced to and executed by electric chair. First woman to be sentenced to the electric chair was Maria Marbella in 1895 but was retried and aquited the next year. The first woman executed by the electric chair was Martha M. Place on March 20th 1899 at Sing Sing correctional facility for the murder of her step daughter Ida Place. See more »

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A little better perspective...
28 April 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Here's a second, more sober and realistic review.

This film has a very made-for-TV quality, and despite a decent cast, the acting and script is quite plain and corny..

.the music in particular is very hammy in some scenes (clearly the producers and directors thought gospel singing throughout quiet dialog scenes was required to INSTRUCT the audience how to feel - a mark of poorly executed drama). The music cues are horribly instructive and rob most of the scenes of genuine depth.

It's always a shame when a worthwhile story is told so poorly, but this reeks of misconceived earnest intentions. You feel the desperation of the creators to elicit emotion, but it's so bogged down in contrived melodrama it misfires completely and will greatly disappoint anyone looking for an insightful racial drama.

That IMDb score needs to come down a bit closer to reality..it's no Oscar material, that is most certain.


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