Tim Robbins stars as Andy Dufresne, a successful banker youth sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Andy is sent to Shawshank prison, an austere and depressing place where the brutality of the two guards and other prisoners are commonplace. Andy is friends with Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), a lifer who has spent many years inside. Red specializes in the contraband in prison for other inmates. Red soon discovers that Andy is a very rare catch, but first he seems little good - he is beaten by other prisoners.
He begins to have two other prisoners and guards at his side when he offered to help one of the guards of the most notorious tax problems in exchange for bottles of cold beer for everyone in the team work. Therefore, Andy always seems to work on one thing or another. Improving the small prison library, and assist prisoners who wish to study. It also manages the tax returns of the guards, and even helps to defraud Warden (Bob Gunton) cookbooks. Over the years, earns the respect of inmates and guards most of the others. More importantly, never lose hope for the future - a hope, which is transmitted to other prisoners. He still believes in the possibilities of life, but to make the best of them need to be free.
Based on Stephen King (not horror) Novella "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption", this is simply a remarkable story of hope for the interaction between the two main characters. Both Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman do a good job in terms of making their true function and attractive, and also in the way they work so well together.
In 1982, Stephen King released a book he merely called "Different Seasons". It was a book that included four novellas that weren't really horror at all. It was a book that showed people that King could write something that wasn't about things that go bump in the night. It was also one of the few books he released in the 80's that silenced his critics. Temporarily. Within it was a story called "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption." It is … more
The first time I watched this movie was way back in highschool (about 15 years ago or so) when it was showing on TNT. Being that I never heard of this movie before at the time, I had the lowest expectation for it possible. But after watching it, I'd have to say it is the best non-action movie ever!!! It had it all, from great acting, great character development, and one of the best stories/plot I've ever seen. The movie is about Andy Dufresne(A hotshot banker played … more
When this popular prison drama was released in 1994, some critics complained that the movie was too long (142 minutes) to sustain its story. Those complaints miss the point, because the passage of time is crucial to this story about patience, the squeaky wheels of justice, and the growth of a life-long friendship. Only when the film reaches its final, emotionally satisfying scene do you fully understand why writer-director Frank Darabont (adapting a novella by Stephen King) allows the story to unfold at its necessary pace, and the effect is dramatically rewarding. Tim Robbins plays a banker named Andy who's sent to Shawshank Prison on a murder charge, but as he gets to know a life-term prisoner named Red (Morgan Freeman), we realize there's reason to believe the banker's crime was justifiable. We also realize that Andy's calm, quiet exterior hides a great reserve of patience and fortitude, and Red comes to admire this mild-mannered man who first struck him as weak and unfit for prison life. So it is thatThe Shawshank Redemptionbuilds considerable impact as a prison drama that defies the conventions of the genre (violence, brutality, riots) to illustrate its theme of faith, friendship, and survival. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor, and Screenplay, it's a remarkable film that signaled the arrival of a promising new filmmaker--a film that many movie lovers count among their all-time favorites.--Jeff Shannon