New Release: The Lena Baker Story DVD

The Lena Baker Story movie sceneThe Lena Baker Story, a movie about the only woman executed by electric chair in Georgia — only to be posthumously pardoned 60 years later — was released on DVD on Jan. 4, 2011.

Barnholtz Entertainment‘s drama, distributed on DVD by Lionsgate, is adapted from the book The Lena Baker Story by Lela Bond Phillips.

Based on the true story of Baker, the film follows Baker, an impoverished and uneducated African-American woman struggling in 1940s Georgia. The docudrama stars Tichina Arnold (TV’s Everybody Hates Chris) as Baker, who works as a prostitute to effort enough money to move north for a better life. But after she’s arrested and sentenced to 10 months of hard labor, she changes her life.

Year later, now a church-going mother of three, Baker makes a living cleaning and is hired to care for Elliot Arthur (Peter Coyote of TV’s Law & Order: Los Angeles), a tyrannical, pistol-packing white man who’s recovering from a broken leg. Arthur abuses Baker physically and mentally, but one night, when she attempts to run, they have a struggle and a gun goes off, accidentally killing Arthur.

Baker is found guilty in her trial and sentenced to death, which was carried out in 1945 when she was 44 years old.

The 106-minute PG-13 film also stars Beverly Todd (The Bucket List) as Baker’s mother and Michael Rooker (Days of Thunder) as the local sheriff who is sympathetic to Baker’s self-defense plea.

The DVD was priced at $26.98.


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Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.