The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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


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  • Morgan Freeman and Frank Darabont in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • Morgan Freeman and Frank Darabont in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • Frank Darabont in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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15 June 2018 | nowego
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| Eternal Hope
I've lost count of the number of times I have seen this movie, but it is more than 20. It has to be one of the best movies ever made. It made me take notice Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins like I had never noticed any actors before.

I have from a very young age been a huge fan of anything Stephen King writes and had already read the short story that this movie is based on years prior to seeing this movie.

Not everything Stephen King has written that gets turned into a movie comes out well, but this is as close to perfection as it gets and has everything you could ever want in a movie.

Something that is outstanding is the fact that it has no real action, no special effects and no gimmicks. 99% of the movie is just men in a prison uniforms talking. Yet it absolutely hooks you almost from the beginning and has you glued to the screen to the end.

For me what really makes this film one of the best is the message of eternal hope it conveys throughout. The never ever give up hope attitude of the main character so well conveyed by Tim Robbins. The ending is just spine tingling every time I see it, no matter how many times I have seen it.

Brilliant, brilliant movie and a must see for everyone.

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Trivia

Since the filming schedule was very tight in Mansfield, Ohio, anyone who held up the production time was threatened to be fined. Tim Robbins and William Sadler showed up late once, but were never fined. Filming in Mansfield finished ahead of schedule.


Quotes

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.


Goofs

As part of his escape plan, Andy steals one of Norton's suits. When Andy enters the bank, we see that the suit fits perfectly, even though he is several inches taller than Norton. Also, Andy and Norton conveniently have the same sized feet.


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.


Alternate Versions

One HBO showing included three extra scenes introduced by Morgan Freeman. One of the extra scenes showed Red, after his release, marveling over the mistaken idea that women no longer wore bras. Another earlier deleted scene shows more of the uncovering of Andy's escape route, including a guard who is sent down the shaft and who throws up when he realizes the sewer has been breached. Upon hearing this, and realizing Andy's successful escape, Red begins laughing hysterically in his cell, for which he is sent to solitary confinement and where he continues to laugh.


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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
(uncredited)
Written by
Martin Luther
Performed by Bob Gunton

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