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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)
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.


Ralph Wilcox


Ralph Wilcox


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tichina Arnold ... Lena Baker
Beverly Todd ... Annie Baker
Peter Coyote ... Elliot Arthur
Michael Rooker ... Sheriff Haney
Chris Burns ... Max Arthur
Susie Spear Purcell Susie Spear Purcell ... Mrs. Riddle (as Susie Spears)
Frank Roberts ... Mr. Powell
Kaya Camp Kaya Camp ... Young Lena
Natalie L. Richardson Natalie L. Richardson ... Teenage Lena
Jasmine Farmer Jasmine Farmer ... Young Nettie
Santana Shalton Santana Shalton ... Teenage Nettie
Lamar Perkins Jr. Lamar Perkins Jr. ... Young Royal
Shamar Sanders Shamar Sanders ... Older Royal (as Brandon Sanders)
Kajuan Wilson Kajuan Wilson ... Earl
Christopher Haywood Jr. Christopher Haywood Jr. ... Sam


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving racism, violence, alcoholism, and some sexual content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

10 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lena Baker was the first woman executed in Georgia, but she was not the first woman to be sentenced to the electric chair. The first woman was Maria Marbella in 1895, but she was retried, and aquitted the next year. The first woman executed by the electric chair was Martha M. Place on March 20, 1899, at Sing Sing prison, for the murder of her stepdaughter Ida Place. See more »

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A little better perspective...
28 April 2009 | by alisoncolegrooveqSee 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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