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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Baker
Elliot Arthur
Sheriff Haney
Max Arthur
Susie Spear Purcell ...
Mrs. Riddle (as Susie Spears)
Mr. Powell
Kaya Camp ...
Young Lena
Natalie L. Richardson ...
Teenage Lena
Jasmine Farmer ...
Young Nettie
Santana Shalton ...
Teenage Nettie
Lamar Perkins Jr. ...
Young Royal
Older Royal (as Brandon Sanders)
Kajuan Wilson ...
Christopher Haywood Jr. ...


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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10 April 2008 (USA)  »

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Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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's no Oscar material, that is most certain.

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