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Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Shawshank Redemption (1994)


Tim Robbins
Morgan Freeman

Directed by Frank Darabont

This suspense filled, dramatic movie rides high on the plain of self discovery, self-worth and self-preservation; if an innocent man is locked up for two decades with criminals, nothing else will he learn than to be a criminal himself. There is no better movie that I can recommend you to see than this classic Jail Break that stared one of the best supporting actors you will love to have on your side if you are in the lead role of a movie, Morgan Freeman.

Shawshank Redemption was adapted from a Stephen King novella named Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Frank Darabont secured the right to make the film from King in 1987, and he worked intensively on the screenplay for a proper adaptation of the movie, Darabont’s screenplay writing earned him an Academy Award nomination, in fact the movie had seven Academy Award nominations and won none.

The film tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who is a banker who got convicted for murdering his wife and her lover; he got two consecutive life sentences at Shawshank State Penitentiary. At Shawshank Andy befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman) Red was a contraband smuggler.

Andy also developed a nice rapport with the warden and the other guards, helping them with their taxes and also helping the warden in his money laundering operation.

The movie boast of amazing scenery not to add an impressive cinematography, the movie growth and inclusion and exit of characters will make you feel like you are reading a book, the movie has numerous cast, and it is broken into segments each introducing new casts and each building a parallel wall that guides us to the climatic end.

It didn’t do well in the box office at all barely making back its production cost, but due to critic’s high rating and Academy Award nomination, Golden Globe Award nomination and other notable nominations, the movie did well in rental and DVD sales, it is shown regularly on Cable TV, and it has a high following.

Frank Darabont who is the director and screenplay writer also made more of King’s books; He directed the 1999 Tom Hanks movie The Green Mile which was a box office success compared to this. The Green Mile is another of King’s books that is about a prison, and Darabont also directed the 2007 movie The Mist which is also based on a Stephen King book.

Here is a DVD every home should have.


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