Shawshank Redemption
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The 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


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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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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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
William 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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The Shawshank Redemption 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last Saturday I saw this movie, it inspires me ''Never To Give Up Hope''. And I think ''Andy'' is more charming than ''Jack'' in ''Titanic''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before this movie, I didn't like dramas much. There are so many things about this movie I enjoy I can't fully explain. It is such a simple movie with a simple story but it hits you in an amazing way. I believe every person should see it before they die!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Morgan Freeman was excellent. You can't get any better than this. Tim Robbins - what can I say. The lead role was played to perfection. 5 stars all the way. A must see movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely without question a must see movies that captures you from the beginning to an end which to this day is considered a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is trully a masterpeice of the cinematographic industry. Few movies are so complete and well made. The performances are terrific. If you haven't seen this movie you have not experienced all than a movie can do.
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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''!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly an awesome movie. I saw it a couple times on TV and then bought the DVD. It is very well-done and emotional. Really a masterpiece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the shaw shank redemption is the greatest movie ever made without a doubt. the characters are truly talented and the plot even better. the surprises keep you on the edge of your seat and you are unable to guess the end but when it comes you are so pleased yuo would do it all over again. Ilove it so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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-
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies. You can't go wrong with the actors in this movie. Absolutely brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.