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

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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption")
Frank Darabont (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 October 1994 (USA) See more »
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Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
Plot:
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 24 nominations See more »
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Stephen King's best adapted movie See more (4510 total) »


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Also Known As:
"The Prisoner" - Philippines (English title) (alternative title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and prison violence (certificate 33087)
Runtime:
142 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:MA15+ | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | India:UA | Ireland:15 | Israel:PG | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Japan:G (2009) | Malaysia:18 (re-rating) | Malaysia:(Banned) (original rating) (1994) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Russia:16+ (video rating) | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | South Korea:12 (cable rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate 33087)

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Trivia:
On the wall in Andy Dufresne's cell is a picture of Albert Einstein. Tim Robbins, who portrayed Andy Dufresne, also starred in the fictional movie about Einstein, I.Q. (1994).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: A friend of the warden bribes him with a pie made by his wife which was baked in a disposable aluminum pan. The warden later gives the pie to Andy, who shares it with Red. While Red's eating it, the pan is now made of strong metal.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in You Don't Know Jack (2010) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lovesick BluesSee more »

587 out of 715 people found the following review useful.
Stephen King's best adapted movie, 13 July 1999
Author: Dan Grant (dan.grant@bell.ca) from Toronto, Ontario

Misery and Stand By Me were the best adaptations up until this one, now you can add Shawshank to that list.

This is simply one of the best films ever made and I know I am not the first to say that and I certainly won't be the last. The standing on the IMDb is a true barometer of that. #3 as of this date and I'm sure it could be number 1. So I'll just skip all the normal praise of the film because we all know how great it is. But let me perhaps add that what I find so fascinating about Shawshank is that Stephen King wrote it.

King is one of the best writers in the world. Books like IT and the Castle Rock series are some of the greatest stories ever told. But his best adaptations are always done by the best directors. The Shining was brilliantly interpreted by Kubrick and of course the aforementioned Misery and Stand By Me are both by Rob Reiner. Now Frank Darabont comes onto the scene and makes arguably the best King film ever. He seems to understand what King wants to say and he conveys that beautifully.

What makes this film one of the best ever made is the message it conveys. It is one of eternal hope. Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, has been sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. But he never loses hope. He never gives up his quest to become a free man again. His years of tenacity, patience and wits keep him not only sane, but it gives his mind and a spirit a will to live. This film has a different feel to it. There has never been anything like it before and I don't know if there will again.

I'm not going to say any more about this film, it has already been said, but just suffice to say that I am glad that Forrest Gump won best picture in 94. I would have been equally glad if Pulp Fiction or Shawshank would have won. It is that good of a movie and one that will be appreciated for years to come.

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