The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation. Despite a lukewarm box office reception that did not recoup its budget, the film received favorable reviews from critics, multiple award nominations, and has since enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television, VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray. It was included in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies 10th Anniversary Edition. In 1947, banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, based on circumstantial evidence, and is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at Shawshank State Penitentiary.

Review

A story of hope is just about the last thing you’d expect to find in a prison movie. But in The Shawshank Redemption, that’s exactly what you get.

Shawshank
is the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim
Robbins), a man convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and shipped to a maximum-security prison in Shawshank, Maine, for two consecutive life sentences. Over the next years (two hours, movie time), he finds his way
to inner peace and self-reliance in the midst of the terror and inequity of
the prison system.

It’s also one of
those movies that is a work of both art and magic. It paints the picture of a man who
will not relinquish the only thing that cannot be taken from him by external forces:
hope. And yet, like Andy, you are completely
enveloped by Shawshank. From the first shot of the prison — an
utterly gothic structure that assaults you with a sense of foreboding — you get a sense of how grim life inside must be. You experience a prison life composed of routine and debasement.

The performances in Shawshank are
top notch, and the commentary upon the justice system is both thoughtful
and thought-provoking. This is
a film with remarkable staying power. It sustains its suspense and tension throughout; its remarkably hopeful story is thoroughly engrossing. In the end of it all, Andy will escape
Shawshank. You will escape Shawshank. But you will not escape The Shawshank Redemption.

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