The Shawshank Redemption

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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 ...
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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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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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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: 883929085156
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Time: 2:22:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 4,913

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.
Dion Anderson Head Bull Haig
Deborah Aquila
Ned Bellamy Guard Youngblood
Bill Bolender Elmo Blatch
Larry Brandenburg Skeet
Brian Brophy 1967 Parole Hearings Man
Jude Ciccolella Guard Mert
Gary Lee Davis Rooster
Steve Eastin
Neil Giuntoli Jigger
Gordon Greene 1947 Parole Hearings Man
Brian Libby Floyd
Ken Magee Ned Grimes
Paul McCrane Guard Trout
Don McManus Guard Wiley
Frank Medrano Fat Ass
Joe Pecoraro Projectionist
David Proval Snooze
Joe Ragno Ernie
Neil Summers Pete
Rohn Thomas Bugle Editor
John R. Woodward Bullhorn Tower Guard
Donald Zinn Moresby Batter
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
Bob Williams Special Effects
John R. Woodward Asst. Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE MOVIE THAT HIT ME BECAUSE IT WAS SO GOOD AND I WORK THERE!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Uplifting, a great movie!!!!

    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!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    great movie

    amazing film the director did the orginial story alot of justice this movie is amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins is the story of a man condemned to life in prison for a murder that he did not commit. His resourcefulness and ingenuity inspires other prisoners and lead to his eventual ingenious escape. It is an inspirational film that showcases the power of the human spirit to triumph over the most horrific adversities

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest movie ever

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An unforgettable prison film done excellently from a Stephen King book of the same title.

    To see what a man can do if he really puts his mind to a purpose, to make it out of purgatory Shawshank prison. Is very inspiring Andys will to survive and overcome his imprisonment and give hope to his fellow inmates.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Unforgettable

    This is a movie that causes you to ponder on it for months - even years after you have seen it. The acting is exceptional and the situations so realistic that it stirs all the emotions, causing the viewer to experience the full range, varying from anger to joy...and even tears. It also provides many life lessons as it inspires hope. As a result one never gets tired of viewing the movie and may even gain further insights that were missed in a previous viewing. It is a must see for all teenagers and adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Makes a craft out of an industry.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    True Redemption

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Prison love

    This is a great movie eventhough they spend too much time on getting punked out but the LT seems to enjoy the beatings and the flick seems to show how everyone in prison is innocent. Hard time my friend but not spent on this movie. One of the best prison movies ever. Adapted from little Stevie King's novel.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brian 15, movie buff

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie!!!!!

    I just love this story, it is a classic. Great Morgan Freeman performance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    By far, my favorite movie of all time

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    A REAL CLASSIC!!!

    This is one of the best movies of all time, and definitely Stephen King's finest. I have watched it over and over, and never get tired of it....truly great! If there were more than five stars to give, I would vote the maximum!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONLY prison movie better than 'Cool Hand Luke'

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keeping Hope Alive in Shawshank

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An immediate classic

    This is one of my favorite movies. You can't go wrong with the actors in this movie. Absolutely brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Robbins is average -but-Freeman Rocks

    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-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the greatest movie of all time

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't miss this film!

    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''!

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