R | | Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Ranked #10 in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time."
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.
Andy Dufrense is wanted man. Yet after his escape and despite being a well-known convicted murderer, he takes no steps to alter or conceal his identity. In fact, he travels around the various banks in the region looking as he always does., while withdrawing large sums of money. However, it is explained and is easily obvious, that he had the warden's suit, shirt, tie, and shoes, and had the driver license, birth certificate, and social security card of the alter ego the account was under. Also, it was clearly explained he started visiting the banks around the time the guards and warden found him missing, and if questioned, could easily state that they might be thinking of someone else. Therefore, he hatched his plan perfectly and was gone before anyone realized it might be him.
The man who cried and was beaten when Andy first arrived is listed and credited as "Fat Ass" -- the other inmates' nickname for him.
This film was produced independently by Castle Rock Entertainment, but distributed by Columbia Pictures, which placed their logo at the beginning of the film. After the first video release, Castle Rock began to use Warner Bros. as their distributor. This film was then later re-issued on video and DVD by Warner Bros., which replaced the Columbia Pictures logo with their own. (The 1999 WB DVD uses no studio logo before Castle Rock [A Turner Company], and has no Columbia line-art logo at the end, just 10 seconds of blank screen as the music finishes. The 2004 WB DVD and theatrical rerelease start with a very modern WB logo and an updated Castle Rock logo [A TimeWarner Company], and have the Columbia line-art logo in the crawl at the end followed by a quick, still, older WB logo. See also The American President.)
$727,326 (USA) (20 November 1994)
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