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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.



(short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"), (screenplay)
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Top Rated Movies #1 | Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »



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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.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$28,341,469 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Clancy Brown (Captain Hadley) and Mark Rolston (Boggs Diamond) have voiced the character of Lex Luthor in Superman cartoons. See more »


In the aerial shot where Andy's bus approaches the prison, next to the gate is a red brick building and it's sidewalk is strewn with debris. As the bus pulls in seconds later and we see the gate and same brick building from the vantage point of guards who hurried from a tower, the sidewalk is clean. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in The Middle: From Orson with Love (2013) See more »


If I Didn't Care
by Jack Lawrence
Performed by The Ink Spots
Courtesy of MCA Records
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25 July 2001 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

One of my all time favorites. Shawshank Redemption is a very moving story about hope and the power of friendship. The cast is first rate with everyone giving a great performance. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman carry the movie, but Bob Gunton and Clancy Brown are perfect as the Warden Norton and prison guard captain Hadley respectively. And James Whitmore's portrail of an elderly inmate Brooks is moving. The screenplay gives almost every actor at least one or more memorable lines through out the film. As well as a very surprising "twist" near the end that almost knocked me out of my chair. If you have not seen this movie rent it or better yet buy it. As I bet you'll want to see this one more than once.

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