Shawshank Redemption

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by Movie Critic on 8/8/2005

This movie will be the best prison drama on earth for a while to come, despite being now 11 years old. A collection of fabulous actors come together in Shawshank Prison, where a man (Tim Robbins) is wrongly convicted of murder, and becomes friends with a man (Morgan Freeman;A standout) who has been in there for years. It's quite a standard prison-drama plot but it's so well-acted it doesn't matter. This movie also has a great ending;one of the best i've ever seen. This is far better than the Green Mile

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Simply One of the Best

by on 6/8/2006

It's rare to get classics such as this. This movie is the type of movie you watch for the first time and wish you could erase from your memory so you can enjoy it again for the first time. You feel so bad for the challenge that is life for Andy (Robbins) that when justice is served to the actual wrong-doers you get the greatest rush of exicitement and joy. You can't go wrong with Morgan Freeman in your corner either. The acting is phenomenal as well as the writing. One of the best films ever made!

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When a timid banker is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, he's sent to shawshank prison. The convicts bet he won't last the first night. He befriends the convicts' leader, red, and turns hope and friendship into an uplifting bond no prison can destroy.


Studio Warner
SKU 40248129
UPC 053939265026
UPC 14 00053939265026
Format DVD
Release Date 4/5/2005
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Robbins,Tim
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Name Frank Darabont
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Cast & Crew
Frank Darabont - Director
Frank Darabont - Screenplay
Gil Bellows - Actor
James Whitmore - Actor
Morgan Freeman - Actor
Niki Marvin - Producer
Rob Gunton - Actor
Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
Stephen King - Based On Story By
Thomas Newman - Musical Score
Tim Robbins - Actor
William Sadler - Actor
Oscar (1995) Morgan Freeman, Nominee, Best Actor,Roger Deakins, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Richard Francis-Bruce, Nominee, Best Film Editing,Thomas Newman, Nominee, Best Original Music Score,Robert J. Litt, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound,Frank Darabont, Nominee, Besty Screenplay Adapted From Another Medium,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,Thomas Newman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score
Golden Globe (1995) Morgan Freeman, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture Drama,Frank Darabont, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay,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 Apollo Leisure Guide
Review The Shawshank Redemption is the sort of movie that sneaks up on you... When the film's conclu
Reviewer Brian Webster
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource The San Francisco Chronicle
Review As preposterous as it is appealing, The Shawshank Redemption takes a straightforward, soul-st
Reviewer Peter Stack
ReviewRating 7
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
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
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Product Attributes
Actor Robbins,Tim
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Siskel & Ebert Two thumbs up!
The 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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