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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

aka The Shawshank Redemption

"Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free."

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Details: 142 mins · English · UK: 15


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Wow! I LOVED this movie! Definitely the best movie I've seen all month. Though-provoking and moving. I had to laugh at this piece of trivia from IMDB though: "The American Humane Association monitored the filming of scenes involving Brooks' crow. During the scene where he fed it a maggot, the AHA objected on the grounds that it was cruel to the maggot, and required that they use a maggot that had died from natural causes. One was found, and the scene was filmed." :-O!! Don't let anybody tell them what happens out in nature every day! ;-)

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Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

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This is one of the best movies I've ever seen, very moving and even though not much happens as most of the film takes place in the prison, a lot still happens in the same quiet way as our hero has planned.

Rewatched 2014: Still one of the best movies I've seen - It's just brilliant. I wish Frank Darabont would direct more Stephen King book, because both this and "The Green mile" is on my favorite list.

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"Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free."

"It takes a strong man to save himself, and a great man to save another."


In 1947, banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, based on circumstantial evidence, and is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at Shawshank State Penitentiary. Andy quickly befriends contraband smuggler Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), an inmate serving a life sentence. Red procures a rock hammer for Andy, allowing him to create small stone chess pieces. Red later gets him a large poster of Rita Hayworth, followed in later years by images of Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch. Andy works in the prison laundry, but is regularly assaulted by the "bull queer" gang "the Sisters" and their leader Bogs (Mark Rolston).

In 1949, Andy overhears the brutal chief guard Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown) complaining about taxes on a forthcoming inheritance and informs him about a financial loophole. After another vicious assault by the Sisters nearly kills Andy, Hadley severely beats Bogs resulting in Bogs being sent to another prison. Andy is not attacked again. Warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton) meets with Andy and reassigns him to the prison library to assist elderly inmate Brooks Hatlen (James Whitmore), a pretext for Andy to manage financial duties for the prison. His advice and expertise are soon sought by other guards at Shawshank and from nearby prisons. Andy begins writing weekly letters to the state government for funds to improve the decrepit library.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1994-10-14 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1994-09-23 : United States of America

Theatrical : Peru

Theatrical : 1995-01-06 : Norway

Theatrical : 1995-01-28 : South Korea

Theatrical : 1995-02-16 : Australia

Theatrical : 1995-02-17 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 1995-02-24 : Finland

Theatrical : 1995-02-24 : Spain

Theatrical : 1995-03-01 : France

Theatrical : 1995-03-02 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 1995-03-03 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1995-03-09 : Germany

Theatrical : 1995-03-10 : Turkey

Theatrical : 1995-03-23 : Argentina

Theatrical : 1995-03-29 : Philippines

Theatrical : 1995-03-31 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1995-04-16 : Poland

Theatrical : 1995-04-28 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1995-05-25 : Hungary

Theatrical : 1995-06-03 : Japan

Theatrical : 1995-07-13 : Slovakia

Theatrical : 1995-08-11 : Uruguay

Theatrical : 1995-10-26 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2004-09-24 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2004-09-17 : United Kingdom

1994-09-10 : Canada

2010-02-07 : Canada