5.7/10
345
4 user 1 critic

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.

Director:

Ralph Wilcox

Writer:

Ralph Wilcox
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Louis (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A silent film about Louis Armstrong as a young boy and how he acquired his first cornet.

Director: Dan Pritzker
Stars: Anthony Coleman, Vilmos Zsigmond, Jackie Earle Haley
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

An ex-Navy SEAL faces his riskiest mission yet when he's forced to compete for his life in a survival game. The last man standing will take home a 10 million dollar prize, those who fail will die a lonely death in the jungle.

Director: Ken Barbet
Stars: Michael Rooker, Bas Rutten, Dana Lee
Servant or Slave (TV Movie 2016)
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Bringing to light the heartbreaking experiences of Rita Wright, Rita Wenberg, Violet West, Adelaide Wenberg and Valerie Linow, Servant or Slave is a film of courage, strength and the ... See full summary »

Director: Steven McGregor
Stars: Cheyenne Cruse, Valerie Linow, Adelaide Wenberg
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A drama based on a true story, in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman, who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher, and the civil unrest that followed the acquittal.

Director: Jeb Stuart
Stars: Natalie Alyn Lind, Michael Rooker, Michael May
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A serial killer targeting the city's mobsters taunts police with clues and photos left behind at the crime scenes. A veteran cop takes on a rookie partner hoping to crack one last case before retiring.

Directors: Kyle Dean Jackson, Alan Pao
Stars: Michael Madsen, Corey Large, Shannyn Sossamon
Mysteria (2011)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A once famous, and now washed-up, Hollywood Screenwriter, fighting to finish his latest script with an unrealistic deadline. He finds himself in the center of a murder investigation ... See full summary »

Director: Lucius C. Kuert
Stars: Robert Miano, Danny Glover, Martin Landau
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  

For decades, Pennhurst psychiatric hospital has been haunted by turbulent supernatural forces. When a television crew embarks on a mission to capture this paranormal activity, they discover something completely unexpected.

Director: Michael Rooker
Stars: Beverley Mitchell, Haylie Duff, Jimmy Palumbo
Hypothermia (2010)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Ray Pelletier just wants to spend a pleasant and relaxing weekend ice fishing with his family. Alas, Ray's plans are ruined by the unwanted presence of the obnoxious big city father and son... See full summary »

Director: James Felix McKenney
Stars: Michael Rooker, Blanche Baker, Benjamin Forster
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The film tells the story of five childhood friends during their last summer together in Lenexa before going to college. Their bond is tested when a disturbing secret comes to light and they... See full summary »

Director: Jason Wiles
Stars: Josh Stewart, Austin Nichols, Jason Ritter
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The true story of William Bonin a California serial killer.

Director: John Murlowski
Stars: Scott Anthony Leet, Cole Williams, Dusty Sorg
Atlantis Down (2010)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

The crew of a space shuttle encounters problems when hit by a "space anomaly".

Director: Max Bartoli
Stars: Silvia Baldassini, Eric Baskerville, Doug Burch
The Josephine Baker Story (TV Movie 1991)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Born poor in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic, erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville circuit, success ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson
Stars: Lynn Whitfield, Rubén Blades, David Dukes
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

What I done, I done in self-defense, or I would have been killed myself. See more »

Genres:

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 »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

User Reviews

 
The Lena Baker Story
8 March 2011 | by selnelkeaSee all my reviews

From the perspective of a Christian, I loved the gospel music so much that I felt that the music complimented the movie even more. I am a gospel lover and I would like to know if there is a soundtrack? I also feel that the significance of this movie was missed by some viewers. The church setting and God-Lovers who had no choice but to be disposed to Satan driven sin (rape, alcohol, sex slavery, lying, fornication, murder, racial hatred, lynchings, lust and everything else that is wrong with this world) are all in the Bible and the story line a (real-life movie) of what our ancestors endured during those times were just as real as the nose on our faces. Gospel music - in my opinion- is an expression of God's Holy Bible and how Christians should live their lives. I cried when I saw how our ancestors were treated (like garbage) and the gospel music made it that much reality. Please, Please, produce more movies like this with gospel music. Back in the slavery era, God's Church and gospel music was the only "Peace of mind" that our ancestors had from those who were obviously "satan-deceived." Keep up the excellent work of the truth. Please do not "sugar coat" how things were, if the gospel music had not been added to this story line, especially since this is how it really was, then you would be short-changing Black History and the History of Gospel Music.

A God - Loving Black Woman who Loves her Gospel Music!


10 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed