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- scecjrarrckaJun 21, 2016by
This is a wonderful story with wonderful characters. Al our family loves this movie.
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- mintex03Apr 14, 2012by
The Shawshank Redemption (DVD, 2007)
Maine's state prison, Shawshank, is the location of this story. It is the late 1940's, and Andy Duphrene (Tim Robbins) is arriving here today. He has been convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, and sentenced to serve life in prison. He is innocent, but, so is every prisoner. Here, Andy meets "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman). Red is known as the guy who can get things. Andy asks Red to get him a rock hammer, for shaping rocks into rock figures, something he enjoyed as a free man. He and Andy become fast friends. At Shawshank, prisoners often are the victims of perverts or other prison violence and Andy is set upon by one such group and must defend himself often. The guards are brutal, and some prisoners are beaten merciless and even killed by them. Andy is liked by many and is very popular in his circles. He teaches literacy and helps one young prisoner to get his high school diploma. As it turns out, this young guy, Billy, had served time in another prison with the guy who had killed Andy's wife and lover, and Billy could have proven it. The Warden is a crook using prison labor to make a lot of money. Andy, formerly a banker, has been drafted as the Warden's accountant, keeping his books and laundering the funds from his crooked businesses. When Andy goes to the Warden with the news that Billy could possibly clear his name, the Warden, fearing that his activities would be discovered if Andy were set free, has the head guard kill Billy. After more than twenty years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Andy finally escapes. For twenty years, with only a tiny rock hammer, he had secretly been hacking a hole through the concrete cell wall to freedom, using a giant poster to hide his work. When Andy escapes he uses the phoney identity and credentials that he created for the warden's cover for his illegal activities. He leaves a detailed record of the killings in Shawshank by the head guard, and the criminal activity of the Warden. He emptied all of the bank accounts and went to Mexico. Before he escaped, he asked Red for a favor and left him instructions. Red was afraid Andy was going to kill himself. What Andy had left was a plan, with information and money; and an invitation to Red to join him when he got out. This was an excellent film and sure to please everybody.Read full review
- joe8148Sep 24, 2013by
Great Movie thats makes you happy that you saw it
A Great movie that will entertain you from start to finish. Morgan Freeman, as usual, does not disappoint and Tim Robbins exemplifies that old proverb "Brains are better than Braun". If you like movies with a "OMG"-"twist" then this movie will not disappoint you. I love movies where the bad guys get it in the end.....since today, more often than not, such is not the case in our society........and the way it happens is what makes watching a movie like this all the more entertaining.....and satisfying!! If your looking for blood and guts, go find another movie. Yes, this movie has profanity....but nothing that you haven't heard ....or said....before. May you enjoy it as much....or even more...than I did.
- lkinsworthyAug 15, 2016by
A great film...period.
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- vdronskyOct 01, 2011by
ONE OFF THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In writer-director Frank Darabont's THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover in the late 1940s. However, only Andy knows that he didn't commit the crimes. Sent to Shawshank Prison to do hard time, Andy--a taciturn banker in the outside world--has to learn to get by in the brutal, cutthroat confines of prison life. His quiet strength slowly earns the respect of his fellow inmates--most notably, Red (Morgan Freeman)--and even much of the prison staff. But Andy's seemingly stoic acceptance of his unjust imprisonment hides a fierce determination for freedom. This beautifully crafted movie features touching and sincere performances from the entire cast, with an uplifting message about humanity's indomitable spirit and the redemptive value of hope. Based on the novella RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION by Stephen King, Darabont's intriguing adaptation is easily one of the finest films of the 1990s.Read full review