The Shawshank Redemption

 91%

of critics liked it

98%

of users liked it

In theaters Sep 10, 1994
R, 2 hr. 22 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of a double murder, even though he stubbornly proclaims his innocence. He's sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison in
Director: Frank Darabont
Rated: R
Running Time: 2 hr. 22 min.
Genre: Drama
Theater Release: Sep 10, 1994
DVD Release: Jan 27, 1998

Cast

Tim Robbins

Andy Dufresne
Morgan Freeman

Ellis Boy "Red" Redd...
Bob Gunton

Warden Samuel Norton
Bill Sadler

Heywood
Clancy Brown

Capt. Byron Hadley
James Whitmore

Brooks Hatlen
Gil Bellows

Tommy Williams
Mark Rolston

Bogs Diamond

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Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Shawshank Redemption is an uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances.
  • Simply marvelous entertainment. More...
  • Freeman, who is simply a great actor, a man who has never struck a false note in his career, both narrates this tale and anchors it with his authoritative playing. More...
  • A testament to the human spirit... More...
  • A passing reference to 'The Count of Monte Cristo' offers a partial clue to what makes this movie compelling. More...
  • ...a throwback to the kind of serious, literate drama Hollywood used to make. More...
  • It's a simple story elegantly, cleverly told, not to mention expertly acted. More...
  • Without a single riot scene or horrific effect, it tells a slow, gentle story of camaraderie and growth, with an ending that abruptly finds poetic justice in what has come before. More...
  • It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities. More...
  • It wanders down subplots at every opportunity and ignores an abundance of narrative exit points before settling on the aforementioned finale. More...
  • If the film is perhaps a little slow in its middle passages, maybe that is part of the idea, too, to give us a sense of the leaden passage of time, before the glory of the final redemption. More...

User Reviews

  • It may deserve to be generally regarded as (one of) the most overrated film(s) ever made, but it is above all a wonderful, uplifting and deeply...
  • Strong acting. Moderately inventive story, but not exactly unpredictable. A pleasantly uplifting film, but don't expect a transformative experience....
  • Before we can critically assess The Shawshank Redemption, we first have to deal with The Shawshank Reputation. In addition to its Oscar nominations...
  • perfect
  • Im not intirely sure as to why this movie is so incredibly liked, yes its an okay movie and it has a good cast that do some good acting but its not...
  • [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] The Shawshank Redemption demonstrates one of the reasons why I love...
  • One of the greatest movies ever made. It has memorable characters, great drama and is one of the (if not) best prison movies. Tim Robbins and Morgan...
  • Get busy living or get busy dying. Saw it again! What can I say? Perfect film as they come. Tremendous performances by Tim Robbins and Morgan...
  • The Shawshank Redemption is one of the most deep, incredible, inspiring, and beautiful films ever made, I cannot watch this movie without a pure smile...
  • Question of the day: Why did this film lose to FORREST GUMP for the 1994 Best Picture Oscar? Okay, Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis admittedly did a...