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  • Actors: Jamie Foxx, Lynn Whitfield, Lee Thompson Young, Brenden Jefferson, Brenda Bazinet
  • Directors: Vondie Curtis-Hall
  • Producers: Eva Garofalo, Sue Bugden
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008JIH4E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,683 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Hard-hitting drama, based on a true story, about the notorious leader of the Los Angeles 'Crips' gang, Stan Tookie Williams (Jamie Foxx). Awaiting execution on Death Row, Williams turns his back on everything he knows and becomes the most vocal campaigner in the attempt to turn young men away from a life of violence. After writing a series of powerful books, Williams in rewarded with four Nobel Peace Prize nominations.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
I haven't once seen this DVD for sale in any of my local stores. The only place i saw it was in a rental shop and i'm very glad i picked it up. The story chronicles the events of a notorious fall and rise of a notorious gang leader. A fall from major gang leader to death row convict and back to an award winning writer who helps to try and spread peace in both his neighbourhood and world wide. This film had me gripped from start to finish and when you think that its based on a true story it makes it even more compelling, Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Honest Cynic VINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
It's plain to see, Jamie Foxx is fast becoming one of this decades most established young black film stars. He's managed to star in some sensational roles including his performance in last year's "Collateral" and following his musical career as the lead role in "Ray," as well as making and appearing on records.
"Redemption" features Foxx as the cold-hearted gang leader and founder "Tookie" of the infamous LA gang, the Crips. Managing to hold his role well, i.e., believably, in character and completely unique from his past roles, Foxx is hard voiced and dark.
The beginning of the film sees Tookie on San Quinn's death row list, elsewhere a journalist (Lynn Whitfield) is looking into writing a comprehensive book on the Crip gang in the hope of having in depth miracle should she be able to contact Tookie in his cell. Where does she go? Who does she ask? All fingers point "Ask Tookie."
The setup happens, she meets Tookie on a visit, surrounded by high security guards. Here is Foxx really at his strongest, as he's tight, hard, and cold hearted to his interviewer. However, after this point in the storyline line his character changes. Okay, so essentially this woman has broken him down but from thenceforth their relationship really changes to something like two old lovers keeping in contact!
By watching the film you can see where the transition really happens, although for me I find it a little rushed and hard to believe.
Still, we get to see the background as to how the gangs originally formed, grew, and became rivals. This is quite a deep series of flashbacks and even shockingly violent at some points. The DVD extras should fill in the rest of this background, although I only had a rental copy so never saw these.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 29 May 2007
Format: DVD
This is a great film. A biopic about Stanley Tookie Williams;the founder of America's most notorious gang. It is played in a narrative style with some flashback scenes indicating Tookie's troubled past. Some very touching scenes include the part where Tookie is sent to his father's place and witnesses unwittingly his dad walking out on him. Lack of a father figure helps his descent into a world of crime, and shortly afterwards he is the local 'heavy'.

Jamie Foxx is brilliant in his portrayal of Tookie and ultimately the film's title explains how he seeks to show his 'redemption' from his past life by writing childrens books. He eventually gets nominated for the Nobel Peace prize - no mean achievement for a prisoner on Death Row.

Foxx really goes into character and shows that he is one of the hottest properties around. Foxx slowly opens up from being a broody dark personality to one who realizes the importance of life and how he could play a part in other lives especially when discouraging youngsters from joining gangs.

This film more than ever raised awareness about the plight of Tookie but to no avail; Tookie was executed in December 2005 but his memory lives on..for better or for worse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rum Cake on 27 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
I really looked forward to watching the movie as I read the book. Very disappointing, too many gaps (in the story line) and as much as I like Jamie Foxx I don't think he was the right person for the role. The film (I feel) only scratched the surface of this poweful story.
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Haven't watched the film bought it as a 15 which is stated here to watch with adolescents - Film is actually an 18 certificate and therefore unsuitable for use
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