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

 -  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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Juke Joint Man #1
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Max Arthur
Kaya Camp ...
Young Lena
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Barry Arthur
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Elliot Arthur
Jasmine Farmer ...
Young Netty
Mike Hickman ...
Mr. Candance
Tom Huff ...
Ken Thomas
Jason Leith ...
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Lyle Jacobs
Paul Montgomery ...
Rev. James
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Mr. Riddle
Natalie L. Richerdson ...
Teenage Lena
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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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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving racism, violence, alcoholism, and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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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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