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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

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Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man's unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red. Written by J-S-Golden

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

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and prison violence | See all certifications »

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14 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,341,469 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Morgan Freeman's first time narrating a movie. See more »

Goofs

Andy has a poster of One Million Years B.C. nearly a year before the movie came out. This was common practice in the 1960s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
District Attorney: Mr. Dufresne, describe the confrontation you had with your wife the night that she was murdered.
Andy Dufresne: It was very bitter. She said she was glad I knew, that she hated all the sneaking around. And she said that she wanted a divorce in Reno.
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Crazy Credits

The man who cried and was beaten when Andy first arrived is listed and credited as "Fat Ass" -- the other inmates' nickname for him. See more »

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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovesick Blues
by Cliff Friend and Irving Mills
Performed by Hank Williams
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets
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Tied for the best movie I have ever seen
26 November 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Why do I want to write the 234th comment on The Shawshank Redemption? I am not sure - almost everything that could be possibly said about it has been said. But like so many other people who wrote comments, I was and am profoundly moved by this simple and eloquent depiction of hope and friendship and redemption.

The only other movie I have ever seen that effects me as strongly is To Kill a Mockingbird. Both movies leave me feeling cleaner for having watched them.

I didn't intend to see this movie at all: I do not like prison movies and I don't normally watch them. I work at a branch library and one day as I was checking The Shawshank Redemption out to one of our older patrons, she said to me, "Whenever I feel down or depressed, I check out this movie and watch it and it always makes me feel better." At the time, I thought that was very strange. One day there was nothing on TV except things I absolutely would not watch under any circumstance or things that I had seen too many times already. I remembered what she said, so I watched it. I have watched it many many times since then and it gets better with every showing.

No action, no special effects - just men in prison uniforms talking to each other.

The Shawshank Redemption and To Kill a Mockingbird are the best movies I have ever seen. I do not judge it by it's technical merits - I don't really care about that. I have read that Citizen Kane or The Godfather or this or that movie is the best movie ever made. They may have the best technique or be the most influential motion pictures ever made, but not the best. The best movies are ones that touch the soul. It takes a movie like The Shawshank Redemption to touch the soul.


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