The Shawshank Redemption 1994

The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption is an uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances.

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Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn't commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years.

Cast & Crew

Tim Robbins
Andy Dufresne
Morgan Freeman
Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding
Bob Gunton
Warden Samuel Norton
Clancy Brown
Captain Byron Hadley
Gil Bellows
Tommy Williams
James Whitmore
Brooks Hatlen
Mark Rolston
Bogs Diamond
Jeffrey DeMunn
District Attorney
Frank Darabont
Screenwriter
Liz Glotzer
Executive Producer
David V. Lester
Executive Producer
Thomas Newman
Original Music
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Richard Francis-Bruce
Film Editor
Terence Marsh
Production Designer
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Critic Reviews for The Shawshank Redemption

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Audience Reviews for The Shawshank Redemption

  • Oct 10, 2019
    Based on a novella by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption is a harrowing tale about the triumph of the human spirit. The story follows a banker named Andy Duphrane who's wrongfully convicted of killing his wife and her lover, and is sent to the Shawshank maximum security prison where he befriends another inmate named Red. Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, John Sandler, and Clancy Brown, the film has an impressive cast that gives good performances. Additionally, screenwriter/director Frank Darabont does an excellent job at developing the characters and relationships; making the audience care about them and their plight. The set and costume designs too, are especially well-done; capturing the time-period and giving the prison a real, lived-in feel. Also, the score by Thomas Newman is emotionally evocative and has a soulfulness to it that heightens the material. The Shawshank Redemption is a remarkably compelling film with a powerful message.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    One of the most satisfying films of all time, which holds its 'classic film' vibe strongly from start to finish.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2016
    Beautiful story filled with emotion and is a true testament to the human spirit
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2016
    The Shawshank Redemption has great performances, extremely well written script and story all leading to a deeply emotional climax! One of the best dramas of all time!
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