Shawshank Redemption
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  • Shawshank Redemption

Shawshank Redemption

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Director: Frank Darabont

Cast: 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… See more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Released in 1994 to mixed reviews, this engrossing adaptation of a Stephen King novella impressed moviegoers with its painstaking exactitude, stylish direction, and memorable performances. It went on to earn seven Academy Award nominations and become a giant hit on home video, finding a huge and appreciative audience. It begins in 1947, when bank vice president Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted on circumstantial evidence for the murder of his wife and her lover. Sentenced to life imprisonment in Shawshank Prison, he endures with a quiet tenacity that wins him the respect of both hardened prisoners -- like "Red" (Morgan Freeman) -- and the duplicitous warden (Bob Gunton), who puts the new fish to work on his personal financial matters. Director Frank Darabont allows audiences to experience the tedium of prison. Life in Shawshank is not just tedious, though; it's also grueling and painful, punctuated by bursts of brutality and horror that wear down prisoners sentenced to long terms. And it unfolds, according to Darabont, in a manner in which seemingly oblique words or incidents prove later on to have special resonance. Despite the grim subject matter and two-and-a-half-hour length, The Shawshank Redemption is both engaging and ultimately uplifting. Much credit for this goes to Robbins and Freeman, each of whom displays qualities that make his character especially vivid and memorable. It's a rewarding motion picture that's guaranteed to linger in one's memory.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Adapted from a Stephen King novella, The Shawshank Redemption takes a prison drama and twists it into a fascinating existential treatise on how to approach the business of day-to-day life in the face of a desperately Sisyphian reality. As the film's signature line suggests, "Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'." Filmed on location in an Ohio prison, the film occasionally lapses into familiar formulas and well-known stereotypes of the prison-drama genre, but overcomes them due in no small part to a pair of transcendent performances by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. Director Frank Darabont and cinematographer Roger Deakins (a Coen brothers collaborator) recreate the drudgery and hopelessness of prison life in both the look and the details of dreary rituals of daily life. Spanning twenty years in the lives of its protagonists, Darabont's screenplay and direction allow us the luxury of getting to know these men -- hardened criminals, with little hope for the future -- through a series of quietly captivating scenes that slowly build atmosphere and tension without sacrificing characterization and thematic integrity. A critical success but a box office failure when it was first released, the film was nominated for seven Oscars, but won nary a one. Only when Shawshank was released on video and began running repeatedly on cable did it steadily garner full-fledged public reverence.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2010
UPC:
0883929085156
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
2:22:00
Sales rank:
2,584

Special Features

Commentary by writer/director Frank Darabont; 2 Documentaries hope springs eternal: a look back at the Shawshank Redemption; Shawshank: the redeeming feature; The charlie rose show segment featuring darabont, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman; Comic spoof The Sharktank redemption; Stills and collectibles galleries; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Robbins Andy Dufresne
Morgan Freeman Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
Bob Gunton Warden Samuel Norton
Bill Sadler Heywood
Clancy Brown Capt. Byron Hadley
James Whitmore Brooks Hatlen
Gil Bellows Tommy Williams
Mark Rolston Bogs Diamond
Jeffrey DeMunn D.A.
Deborah Aquila Actor
Steve Eastin Actor
Larry Brandenburg Skeet
Brian Libby Floyd
David Proval Snooze
Joe Ragno Ernie
Jude Ciccolella Guard Mert
Paul McCrane Guard Trout
Gordon Greene 1947 Parole Hearings Man
Gary Lee Davis Rooster
Neil Summers Pete
Ned Bellamy Guard Youngblood
Joe Pecoraro Projectionist
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
Neil Giuntoli Jigger
Frank Medrano Fat Ass

Technical Credits
Frank Darabont Director,Screenwriter
Deborah Aquila Casting
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
Liz Glotzer Executive Producer
Antoinette J. Gordon Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Haney Makeup
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
Niki Marvin Producer
Elizabeth McBride Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Michael Seirton Set Decoration/Design
Peter Smith Art Director
Elliot Tyson Sound/Sound Designer
Monty Westmore Makeup
Bob Williams Special Effects
John R. Woodward Asst. Director

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