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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | | Drama | 14 October 1994 (USA)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director:

Frank Darabont

Writers:

Stephen King (short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"), Frank Darabont (screenplay)
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'The Shawshank Redemption' Without Morgan Freeman?

The Shawshank Redemption has become a classic film - it's even IMDb's top-rated movie of all time - but did you know it almost had an entirely different cast behind those legendary bars?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... Andy Dufresne
Morgan Freeman ... Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
Bob Gunton ... Warden Norton
William Sadler ... Heywood
Clancy Brown ... Captain Hadley
Gil Bellows ... Tommy
Mark Rolston ... Bogs Diamond
James Whitmore ... Brooks Hatlen
Jeffrey DeMunn ... 1946 D.A.
Larry Brandenburg ... Skeet
Neil Giuntoli ... Jigger
Brian Libby ... Floyd
David Proval ... Snooze
Joseph Ragno ... Ernie
Jude Ciccolella ... Guard Mert
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$727,327, 25 September 1994

Gross USA:

$28,699,976

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,786,657
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The Danish title for the movie is "En Verden Udenfor," which means "A World Outside".
  • The Finnish title is "Rita Hayworth - Avain pakoon" ("Rita Hayworth - The Key to Escape").
  • The French title is "Les Evadés" ("The Escapees").
  • The French Canadian title is "À l'ombre de Shawshank" ("Into the Shadow of Shawshank").
  • The German title is "Die Verurteilten" ("The Convicts").
  • The Greek title is "Teleutea Exodos - Rita Hayworth" ("Last Exit - Rita Hayworth").
  • The Hungarian title is "A remény rabjai" ("Prisoners of Hope").
  • The Israeli title is "Homot Shel Tikva" ("Walls of Hope").
  • The Italian title is "Le ali della libertà" ("The Wings of Freedom").
  • The Latin-American title is "Sueños de libertad" ("Dreams of Freedom").
  • The Mexican title is "Sueños de Fuga" ("Dreams of Escape").
  • The Norwegian title is "Frihetens Regn" ("The Rain of Freedom").
  • The Portuguese title is "Um sonho de liberdade" ("A Dream of Freedom").
  • The Romanian title is "Închisoarea îngerilor" ("Angels' Prison").
  • The Russian title is "Pobeg iz Shoushenka" ("An Escape from Shawshank").
  • The Spanish title is "Cadena Perpetua" ("Life Imprisonment").
  • The Swedish title is "Nyckeln Till Frihet" ("The Key To Freedom").
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Goofs

Andy may well have been crawling through unspeakable filth in that pipe, but the deadly danger came from the Hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas, given off by bacteria in sewerage. This gas is impossible to breathe, unconsciousness quickly follows and then death. Andy could never have survived a crawl through "five football fields" of such toxic gas to freedom. Andy busted a hole to get out and the other end was open. Therefore the pipe could have been vented enough to provide putrid smelling but breathable atmosphere. 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 »

Alternate Versions

In previous versions, when Tommy is killed, only two shots are heard and four bullet holes are seen. In the DVD version, four are heard. See more »

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This is How Movies Should Be Made
18 February 2008 | by alexkolokotronisSee all my reviews

This movie is not your ordinary Hollywood flick. It has a great and deep message. This movie has a foundation and just kept on being built on from their and that foundation is hope.

Other than just the message of this movie the acting was phenomenal. Tim Robbins gave one of the greatest performances ever. He was inspiring, intelligent and most of all positive. His performance just made me smile. Robbins plays Andy Dufresne who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. He is gets to life sentences but yet never gives up hope. In he becomes friends with Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding played by Morgan Freeman. Freeman who gives the finest performance of his career has unlike Robbins lost hope. He is in deep regret of the crime that he committed. His way of deflecting the pain away is by trying to not feel anything at all. With his friendship with Andy he learns that without our hopes and dreams we have nothing. Andy also becomes friends with the rest of Red's group. James Whitmore also gave a great performance as Brooks Halten who gets out of prison parole but in the words of Red he has been "institutionalized".

The directing by Frank Darabont was just magnificent. He kept this movie at a great steady pace along with the writing and great cinematography. He portrayed prison life in such a horrifying way, but not in terms of the physical pain but the stress and pain that wares mentally on the inmates, some of which deserve a second chance.

Whatever you do, don't listen to the people who say this movie is overrated because this is one of the most inspiring and greatest movies ever. It has everything you could possibly want.


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