The Shawshank RedemptionDirector: Frank Darabont, Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
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In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of a double murder, even though he stubbornly proclaims his innocence. He's sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison in Maine, where another lifer, Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), picks him as the new recruit most likely to crack under the pressure. The ugly realities of prison life are quickly introduced to Andy: a corrupt warden (Bob Gunton), sadistic guards led by Capt. Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown), and inmates who are little better than animals, willing to use rape or beatings to insure their dominance. But Andy does not crack: he has the hope of the truly innocent, which (together with his smarts) allow him to prevail behind bars. He uses his banking skills to win favor with the warden and the guards, doing the books for Norton's illegal business schemes and keeping an eye on the investments of most of the prison staff. In exchange, he is able to improve the prison library and bring some dignity and respect back to many of the inmates, including Red. Based on a story by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption was the directorial debut of screenwriter Frank Darabont.
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Cast & Crew
|Tim Robbins||Andy Dufresne|
|Morgan Freeman||Ellis Boy "Red" Redding|
|Bob Gunton||Warden Samuel Norton|
|Clancy Brown||Capt. Byron Hadley|
|James Whitmore||Brooks Hatlen|
|Gil Bellows||Tommy Williams|
|Mark Rolston||Bogs Diamond|
|Jude Ciccolella||Guard Mert|
|Paul McCrane||Guard Trout|
|Gordon Greene||1947 Parole Hearings Man|
|Gary Lee Davis||Rooster|
|Ned Bellamy||Guard Youngblood|
|Don McManus||Guard Wiley|
|Donald Zinn||Moresby Batter|
|Ken Magee||Ned Grimes|
|Bill Bolender||Elmo Blatch|
|John R. Woodward||Bullhorn Tower Guard|
|Dion Anderson||Head Bull Haig|
|Rohn Thomas||Bugle Editor|
|Brian Brophy||1967 Parole Hearings Man|
|Frank Medrano||Fat Ass|
|Willie D. Burton||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Liz Glotzer||Executive Producer|
|Antoinette J. Gordon||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael Herbick||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Joseph Hodges||Set Decoration/Design|
|David Lester||Executive Producer,Production Designer|
|Robert J. Litt||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Terence Marsh||Production Designer|
|Elizabeth McBride||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Thomas Newman||Score Composer|
|Michael Seirton||Set Decoration/Design|
|Peter Smith||Art Director|
|Elliot Tyson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Bob Williams||Special Effects|
|John R. Woodward||Asst. Director|
1. On Trial [4:27]
2. Icy/Remorseless [1:58]
3. Guy Can Get It [3:28]
4. Stiff Breeze [3:46]
5. Fresh Fish [4:05]
6. Nameless [5:43]
7. First Request [5:17]
8. Andy's Routine [4:31]
9. Beer on the Roof [5:17]
10. Like Everybody Else [2:15]
11. Second Request [1:34]
12. A Pair of Beatings [3:33]
13. Welcome Back [1:59]
14. Cell Toss [3:06]
15. A Cottage Industry [5:57]
16. What They Take [3:08]
17. Brooks Was Here [5:18]
18. Shipment for Andy [1:30]
19. Time for Mozart [3:46]
20. The Danger of Hope [2:48]
21. Rejection Present [2:02]
22. Keeping the Books [5:12]
23. A Crook in Prison [2:50]
24. Tommy Williams [5:27]
25. Elmo Blatch [2:44]
26. Solitary [3:26]
27. Sniper's Target [2:51]
28. Norton's Drift [2:09]
29. Certain Hay Field [6:44]
30. The Longest Night [3:23]
31. Vanished [3:44]
32. Andy's Way Out [6:04]
33. Judgment Cometh [3:33]
34. Not Meant/Caged [1:40]
35. Rehabilitated? [2:35]
36. On the Outside [1:47]
37. Honoring a Promise [2:42]
38. "No Good Thing..." [3:31]
39. Free Man's Dreams [1:39]
40. Dedication/Credits [4:22]
Cast & Crew
Tim Robbins - Andy Defresne
Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding
Directed by Frank Darabont
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I recommend this movie to everyone, even people who don't like dramas. Its a story about hope. This should be on everyones favorites list. In other word, THIS WAS A GREAT MOVIE!!!!!!
The movie was so great! One of the best I've ever seen. I also work there, and it is so neat how I see every thing that was in the movie. And I think of how great that movie was. What I do is, I work that at the Hollowween tours. You should come and when your not being scared, take a look around at how great of place that was, and see where one of the best movies where made. I mean I'm only 13 and I thought it was a SUPER movie. The Shawshank Redemption, was flimed at the Mansfeild Reformatory, one of the oldest '' jails'' in Ohio. Just thought you might want to know that.
I saw this movie already more than 35 times... and I already order it on DVD. For everybody who did not see this masterpiece, you are missing a masterpiece directing by Darabont. All the way Zillion Stars.
There is not much i can say about this movie that has probably not allready been said. If you have not seen it before, don't let the opportunity pass. This movie will stick in you mind and soul forever. On that note i would like to reccomend a book that i feel the same about, it is called Endurance and it was written by Alfred Lansing. It is a true story and many other people have also written about it under the same title so if you ever do decide to read "Endurance" make sure you read the version by Alfred Lansing. I say this beacause he actually met all the people involved and they lent him their diaries for the sake of the book. But back to the movie, don't go to your death bed without seeing this film. it is also very long and emotionally draining so i would recccomend watching it when you are relaxed, have no distractions present or anything else to do.
I absolutely love this movie, and am so glad it's finally getting the special edition version it originally deserved. I think I caught this movie when it was on HBO once, and I just fell in love with it from the first scene I caught. It was the first DVD I bought when I got my player, and whenever it's on TV, my family literally cannot watch it if something else is going on, cause we'll get sucked in. It's that good. It never gets old. And it has such a good message. So few films do any more. It makes you hope, and see that what's on the surface isn't always necessarily what you're going to get.
I have watched this movie an untold number of times. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman stir the very existance of life in this movie. I get emotional every time I think about this movie. Few actors have achieved such magnitude in their careers. There is sooo much more I could say but will limit it to this......don't cheat yourself ANY longer, watch this movie. Buy this movie. Tell your friends. In my opinion, owning it on DVD is an honor. Real acting without all the special effects.
The Shawshank Redemption is a movie about hope. The main character, Andy Dufrane, struggles against despair in order to keep his hopes alive. Wrongly convicted of a double murder, Andy has been sentenced to two life sentenced in Shawshank Prison. Staying afloat in prison is a difficult task for Andy. Violent inmates and corrupt guards make for an depressing setting, much different than Andy's fromer ''rich banker'' life style. Through all of the beatings from the inmates and working for the corrupt employees, Andy maintains hope that one day he will be free. Andy's friends help him keep his dream alive. The message the movie ultimatly sends to its viewers, is to never give up on hope. No matter how awful things might get, you can't just lay down and die, you have to keep fighting. Andy's attitude throughout the movie is just this. Getting beaten up by prison guards, spending a month in solitary confinment, watching old friends leave the prison, and running the corrupt warden's side businesses, never seem to phase Andy in any way. Although sometimes Andy has to find ways to keep his spirits up. Playing Motzart, polishing rocks, and playing checkers with Red were just a few of the things that Andy did to keep his mind off being in prison. One of the big topics of the movie, is how being in prison too long can make a inmate ''institutionalized.'' Andy has to fight off not only other inmates, but just becoming too familiar with being caged. Watching Andy deal with all of the traumas of his life somehow makes all of your own troubles seem less severe. So you didn't make the high school basketball team. At least you still have the freedom to do what you please. Andy's drive for hope is an admirable one. Even during the worst of times, Andy never wavers. Andy's friend Red, describes Andy as a bird that just wasn't meant to be caged, his feathers were just too pretty. Faced with the same situation, I would try to deal with things in a way similar to Andy. This movie is a must see for everyone. Whether you are in high school or in a retirement home, The Shawshank Redemption will be a movie you will remember for a long time.
This story proves that Steven King's talent goes way beyond the scare-fests he's famous for - and the screen adaptation is brilliant. It's a fantastic movie about faith and hope, despair and depression, will and bravery. Tim Robbins really brings Andy to life, Morgan Freeman is a wonderful Red and the rest of the supporting cast is equally great. I've watched this movie countless times, and each time I see it I say to myself, ''What a truly good movie''!
I wrote my headline in french meaning - the best movie of all my life. It's just a masterpiece or ''chef-d'oeuvre'' in french. I saw the movie the first in 1996 and I just couldn't forget it. So I ordered it online in DVD version some monthes ago from France 'cause I wanted to see and hear Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in french - french is my mother tongue. I almost know now some of the dialogs by heart. Freeman and Robbins are just sublime. There is no better expressive word to tell about them in this movie. It's just the best of them two ever. May I say a few words in french for some of the french speaking people who aren't necessary good at english? I guess I may: Ce film est et restera l'un des plus grands chef-d'oeuvres dans l'histoire du cinéma mondial. Il vous donnera des frissons, beaucup de tristesse et vers la fin, il vous laissera heureux car la justice, la vraie, triomphe de l'injustice et des faiblesses du systeme judiciaire americain. Andy vaincra la combine incarnee par Sam Norton and le tres violent garde Hadley. On vit ce film, on le respire, on le sent dans la peau et on l'integre totalement tant il est bon. Il faut le voir pour mieux comprendre mon etat d'ame. L'auteur de ce manuscrit - Stephen King - prouve encore avec ce roman qu'il demeure le maitre inconsteste dans le genre et c'est a juste titre que Frank Darabont a choisi Morgan Freeman et Tim Robbins pour lui donner vie. Je suis a court d'inspiration pour traduire le degre de perfection de Shawshank Redemption ou ''Les evades de Shawshank'' en francais. C'est tout simplement un chef-d'oeuvre inoubliable que tout homme doue de raison devra avoir dans sa videotheque - ou DVDtheque.
Among the many 'prison flicks' to come down the pike over the past 7 or 8 decades, there are only a precious few which make us want to see them again and again...The very best of these is The Shawshank Redemption. This is the cream of the crop. The beautifully-crafted, heartbreaking story unfolds gradually and drags us in so completely that the dank, gray walls and bars inside Shawshank make us want to reach for a warm blanket.
So many prison or "gritty" movies are action oriented, "in your face" drama and play for shock value. The Shawshank Redemption is very very real without screaming and shouting this fact. Its presentation of the realities of prison life inspire empathy, not pity. If the two seem the same to you, watch this movie and see the difference. Pity takes away dignity, empathy allows a person to keep their dignity and their humanity while expressing troubles and pain. When one stops to think of all that happens to Andy, one should feel incredible revulsion and pity. Instead, the movie leaves one with a renewed sense of empathy with one's fellow humans and , oddly, a sense of peace.
THIS IS TRUELY THE BEST MOVIE EVER AND IS RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE WHO HAS A GOOD TASTE IN MOVIES!!!
amazing film the director did the orginial story alot of justice this movie is amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This movie is so good. Enjoyable every time I see it. And I cry everytime I see it for the hope it brings to everyone.
I've loved Shawshank for the longest time, Morgan Freeman is hands down my favorite actor of all time and this is my favorite movie of his and my favorite movie regardless of his presence. I'm pretty sure that Tim Robbins got snubbed for his potrayal of Andy Dufresne, who in the darkest moments shed a bit of light on the situation. I've not seen a better movie in my life and unfortunately i don't have this movie on DVD but i will be buying it soon. Morgan Freeman is my hero!
This is one of my favorite movies. You can't go wrong with the actors in this movie. Absolutely brilliant.
The movie opens with a shell-shocked Tim Robbins fumbling about in his car-he ends up in Shawshank Prison. His acting is not detrimental to the film but is certainly uninspired. It turns a 5 star film into a great 4 star film. On the other hand, Morgan Freemans character narrates our tour of Shawshank and brings us into the film by giving the viewer a multitude of roles to identify with. He is the ''wise old man'' and the only ''guilty'' man in the prison. The movie also has 2 of the best ''bad guy'' roles you'll ever see. It is worthy of borrowing for a view before a purchase-
I can not remember how many times I have seen this movie. I first saw it in China with some of my best friends. We enjoyed every details of the movie. It has always been an inspiration to me for the past few years.
Morgan Freeman as Red just took this movie to a level beyond any other regular "as real as it gets" prison films. Tim Robbins as the quiet yet tough Andy Dufresne brings to life the corrupt nature of our penal system past and present as the wealthy bank vice president is ushered into the ugly realities of a maximum security prison: gang rape, sadistic guards, everday tedium, corrupt warden, vicious cell mates, and the business of life behind bars with a life sentence. Even though he was set up to go to prison, the tenaciousness of Dufresne wins over respect from the hardened convicts. I love it when the squealing guard gets his justice and the warden blows his brain into the world of hell. The System is as demeaning as the prisoners are.