Redeemer

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Action, Crime, Drama

This fact-based made-for-cable movie simultaneously examines the power of education to change the lives of criminals and the lasting effect of violent crime on the families of their victims. Posing as a journeyman novelist, best-selling crime writer Paul Freeman (Matthew Modine) accepts a penitentiary teaching post for his own research purposes. Impressed...read more

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This fact-based made-for-cable movie simultaneously examines the power of education to change the lives of criminals and the lasting effect of violent crime on the families of their victims. Posing as a journeyman novelist, best-selling crime writer Paul Freeman (Matthew Modine) accepts a penitentiary teaching post for his own research purposes. Impressed by the perceptive style of taciturn lifer Charles Henderson (Obba Babatunde), Freeman encourages

Henderson to write. But Freeman's good intentions meet a wall of resistance.

A former Black Panther, Henderson raided a hippie apartment building 20 years earlier on the belief that it was a dope house and was involved in the accidental shooting of a student. Henderson, who didn't pull the trigger, refused to take a plea bargain and remains behind bars; the victim's sister, Sharon Davidson (Michele Greene), has made it her life's work to show up at Henderson's parole hearings and ask that he serve out his full term. Henderson has resigned himself to life-long imprisonment and tried to make a meaningful life behind bars through charitable acts. Freeman digs into Henderson's case and uncovers a link between corrupt cops and a snitch hired to set up the Panthers; he must not only overcome Henderson's mistrust of legal maneuvers, but also risk his neck to re-interview the conspirators. Freeman tries to melt Davidson's opposition, even though Henderson's raid did undeniably lead to her brother's death. Freeman must buck the system and the recalcitrance of both Henderson and Davidson to shine new light on the question of Henderson's responsibility in the a young person's violent death. Though screenwriter James Ricci's teleplay contains far too many flashbacks, he makes a persuasive argument that in some cases punishment should come with an expiration date.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: NR
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