DVD - 2004
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While awaiting execution in prison, Stan 'Tookie' Williams, founder of the L.A. Crips street gang, denounces the lifestyle that landed him behind bars. Determined to stop violence, he begins writing anti-gang books for children, earning him critical acclaim - and four Nobel Peace Prize nominations.


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Apr 21, 2018

Good movie with an even greater meaning. Great acting. Very informative and enlightening, especially if you don't know anything about gang life, specifically the Crips and Bloods, and how they all got started and how they operate somewhat secretly in the world. Well worth watching.

Mar 07, 2015

I wasn't sure that I would like it, but I did.

Jan 07, 2015

This was an very insightful analysis of what happens to any youth that has no positive guidance in life. Tookie was only emulating what he saw the older generation in his 'hood doing. He knew that he had to be the baddest gangster there was. The idea started off good, him and Raymond Washington forming the Crips to protect their neighborhoods from other gangs, but then, as usual, someone had to change the game. And with that, Tookie took it to the next level. But after being sent to prison, he began to realize that killing other black men was wrong. So, he embarked upon the path to write about his experiences, to show potentially young black kids that the gang life was not the way to go. He finally found redemption even though he was in prison and he knew eventually they would execute him because the system was afraid to give him parole because they thought that he would return to his old ways. Sad, because some people think that once you done something wrong that there could never be any kind of redemption.


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