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The Shawshank Redemption (movie)

185 Ratings: 4.4
A 1994 movie directed by Frank Darabont

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 … see full wiki

Director: Frank Darabont
Genre: Mystery
17 reviews about The Shawshank Redemption (movie)
review by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   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 …
review by . July 14, 2009
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 …
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Is there a film where Morgan Freeman ISN'T good? I don't think so. Another tale where justice is served in a deserved manner.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Beautiful, powerful movie. See it. You will think differently about prison life.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
As close to a masterpiece as it gets. Great acting. Story. Plot. Yep, it's all there.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Great story telling in this movie. One of the most well put together movies I've ever seen.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A Stephen King book adapted to the silver screen. It is uplifting, well told, and has a fantastic cast.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Very powerful!
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
My favorite King story, short but amazing. What an ending!
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
A movie about hard times, hard knocks, and redemption. Matruer audiences.
review by . June 08, 2009
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 …
Quick Tip by . November 10, 2009
posted in Screen Gems
One of my favorite films of the '90s. Deeply moving and life-affirming even at the darkest of times and fueled by top-notch performances.
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2009
favorite movie
review by . July 19, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
This is just one of those films in which everything comes together--great screenplay (based on a great novella), great performances by Tim Robbins (my hero) and Morgan Freeman (my ultra-hero). Freeman's narration fills in some of the nice passages from the book--a nice touch which makes this movie all the better.
review by . July 09, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
I've seen 'The Shawshank Redemption' at least a dozen times, and each time it resonates with me for different reasons. Like the characters in the movie, it seems that this is a film that can grow and change and evolve with the viewer.    The first time I saw it, I was one of the few who went to the theatre to see its initial run. The Stephen King novella it was based on, "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," was one of my all-time favorites (still is), and I wanted to …
review by . January 05, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Based on a Stephen King novella and directed by Frank Darabont, this film covers a 20-year period during which Andy Defresne (Robbins), a former banker convicted of murder, somehow preserves his dignity while surviving the brutalities he endures in a state prison in Maine. There are many reasons why this film retains its appeal to me during the eight years since I first saw it. Here are three. First, the evolving friendship between Defresne and "Red" Redding (Freeman) enables both actors to play …
review by . July 21, 2002
Gees, I'm going to get caned for saying this, aren't I.The Shawshank Redemption has always been pegged as a great movie - clearly the Amazon.com readership thinks so - and I finally got round to seeing it last night.It's definitely a engaging film; beautifully shot, well enough acted and it resolves itself quite nicely (if not a little obviously - the "twist" was so predictable it may as well have been Chubby Checker). But to my mind, the Shawshank Redemption never rises above simply "satisfactory".With …
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