Shawshank Redemption

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A sensitive effort by Frank Darabont

by Ava Sofitel on 8/16/2009

Frank Darabont directed The Shawshank Redemption with a calm approach, which allowed me to become involved with these characters who are in prison. He also wrote the sensitive and tight screenplay, which was based on a short story by Steven King. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are excellent in this film.

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Great Great Movie

by Abey on 8/31/2011

This movie is one of the best movies that I have seen. Great acting, great plot. The movie keeps you interested till the end and it very touching at sometimes. I have watched this movie a few times and it is purchase you would not regret. It is a must watch.

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Few movies capture the triumph of the human spirit as memorably as The Shawshank Redemption. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins star in this powerful nominee for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture) based on a Stephen King story.

Freeman plays "Red" Redding, a lifer who knows the ropes at Maine's Shawshank State Prison. Robbins is new inmate Andy Dufresne, a quiet banker unjustly convicted of murder. Andy's indomitable will earns Red's friendship; his resourcefulness brings hope and change to the entire prison. Andy is full of surprises - and he saves his best for last. Written and directed by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile), The Shawshank Redemption is an "engrossing, superbly acted yarn" (Tom Charity, Time Out Film Guide).


Studio Castle Rock HM Video
SKU 204364799
UPC 053939273427
UPC 14 00053939273427
Format DVD
Release Date 1/29/2013
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In writer-director Frank Darabont's THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover in the late 1940s. However, only Andy knows that he didn't commit the crimes. Sent to Shawshank Prison to do hard time, Andy--a taciturn banker in the outside world--has to learn to get by in the brutal, cutthroat confines of prison life. His quiet strength slowly earns the respect of his fellow inmates--most notably, Red (Morgan Freeman)--and even much of the prison staff. But Andy's seemingly stoic acceptance of his unjust imprisonment hides a fierce determination for freedom. This beautifully crafted movie features touching and sincere performances from the entire cast, with an uplifting message about humanity's indomitable spirit and the redemptive value of hope. Based on the novella RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION by Stephen King, Darabont's intriguing adaptation is easily one of the finest films of the 1990s.
Plot Summary
Summary When an innocent man is sentenced to life in prison for murder, he thinks his life is over. However, despite years of brutal incarceration, his indomitable spirit makes him an inspiration to everyone he encounters.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I'm a regular Sears and Roebuck"--Red (Morgan Freeman), the man on the inside who "knows how to get things"
Quote "First you hate 'em. Then you get used to 'em. After long enough, you get so you depend on 'em. That's institutionalized."--Red, referring to the prison walls
Quote "The funny thing is--on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook."--Andy (Tim Robbins)
Premiere "...[The pairing of Freeman and Robbins] sparks moments of true grace and emotion..." 04/01/1995 p.145
Rolling Stone "...Undeniably powerful and moving..." 10/06/1994 p.81
New York Times "...A slow, gentle story of camaraderie....THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION has its own brand of iconoclasm..." 09/23/1994 p.C3
Entertainment Weekly "...Extremely satisfying entertainment....[A] provisional masterpiece..." -- Rating: A- 04/07/1995 pp.100-1
Chicago Sun-Times "...THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION creates a warm hold on our feelings....It is deeper than most films; about continuity in a lifetime based on friendship and hope..." 10/17/1999 p.5
Total Film "...Robbins and Freeman are superb, the dialogue sparse and poetic..." 08/01/2000 p.101
Frank Darabont
Morgan Freeman
Tim Robbins
Clancy Brown
Cast & Crew
David V. Lester - Executive Producer
Frank Darabont - Director
Frank Darabont - Screenplay
Morgan Freeman - Actor
Niki Marvin - Producer
Peter Landsdown Smith - Art Director
Richard Francis-Bruce - Editor
Rob Gunton - Actor
Roger Deakins - Cinematographer
Stephen King - Based On Short Story By
Terence Marsh - Production Designer
Thomas Newman - Original Music By
Tim Robbins - Actor
William Sadler - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
Catalog ID 2734
UPC 00053939273427
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (1995) Golden Globe, Morgan Freeman, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Frank Darabont, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Oscar, Morgan Freeman, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Roger Deakins, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Richard Francis-Bruce, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Thomas Newman, Best Music, Original Score,Oscar, Niki Marvin, Best Picture,Oscar, Robert J. Litt, et. al., Best Sound,Oscar, Frank Darabont, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Screen Actors Guild, Morgan Freeman, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role,Screen Actors Guild, Tim Robbins, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Oscar (1995) Frank Darabont, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Morgan Freeman, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Niki Marvin, Nominee, Best Picture,Richard Francis-Bruce, Nominee, Best Film Editing,Robert J. Litt, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound,Roger Deakins, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Thomas Newman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score
Golden Globe (1995) Frank Darabont, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Morgan Freeman, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild (1995) Morgan Freeman, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Grammy (1995) Thomas Newman, Nominee, Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review With a legion of titles like Pet Sematary, Firewalker, Sleepwalkers, Maximum Overdrive, and Children of the Corn, it's reasonable not to expect much from Stephen King-inspired motion pictures. Adaptations of the prolific author's work typically vary from mildly entertaining to virtually unwatchable. There are a few notable exceptions, however; two of which (Stand by Me, Misery) were crafted by widely-respected director Rob Reiner. While The Shawshank Redemption is not a Reiner movie per se, it is a production of Castle Rock Pictures (Reiner's film company), and ranks among the best filmed versions of any King stories to date. (This statement has not changed since I first wrote it in 1994.)...Unfortunately, following a solid two hours of thought-provoking drama, the movie deflates like a punctured balloon during its overlong denouement. The too-predictable final twenty minutes move a little slowly, and writer/director Darabont exposes a distressing need to wrap up everything into a tidy little package..."Salvation lies within," advises Warden Norton at one point. It is the presentation of this theme that makes The Shawshank Redemption unique. Prison movies often focus on the violence and hopelessness of a life behind bars. While this film includes those elements, it makes them peripheral. The Shawshank Redemption is all about hope and, because of that, watching it is both uplifting and cathartic.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review It is a strange comment to make about a film set inside a prison, but "The Shawshank Redemption" creates a warm hold on our feelings because it makes us a member of a family. Many movies offer us vicarious experiences and quick, superficial emotions. "Shawshank" slows down and looks. It uses the narrator's calm, observant voice to include us in the story of men who have formed a community behind bars. It is deeper than most films; about continuity in a lifetime, based on friendship and hope...Roger Deakins' cinematography is tactful, not showy. Two opening shots, one from a helicopter, one of prison walls looming overhead, establish the prison. Shots follow the dialogue instead of anticipating it. Thomas Newman's music enhances rather than informs, and there is a subtle touch in the way deep bass rumblings during the early murder are reprised when a young prisoner recalls another man's description of the crime...Darabont constructs the film to observe the story, not to punch it up or upstage it. Upstaging, in fact, is unknown in this film; the actors are content to stay within their roles, the story moves in an orderly way, and the film itself reflects the slow passage of the decades...Watching the film again, I admired it even more than the first time I saw it. Affection for good films often grows with familiarity, as it does with music. Some have said life is a prison, we are Red, Andy is our redeemer. All good art is about something deeper than it admits.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Robbins,Tim
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Anthony Lane, The New Yorker ...sturdy and stirring...
Ian Nathan, Empire A thumpingly good ode to friendship, hope, wit, wiles and wisdom, brimming with crackling characters...
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader Gripping...compelling.
Siskel & Ebert Two thumbs up!
Today Show A mighty movie...superbly written and directed.
David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor ...Freeman is simply miraculous, giving the role so much depth, dignity, and good humor that you feel that you've known this man forever.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle At times poignant, joyful, and terrifying, Shawshank Redemption is an altogether brilliant movie and the debut of an equally brilliant director.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Robbins and Freeman connect with the bruised souls of Andy and Red to create something undeniably powerful and moving.
Today A mighty movie...superbly written and directed.

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