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The Shawshank Redemption

"Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free."

R 1994-09-23 Drama 2hr 22m

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

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Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

  • Released
    1994-09-23
  • Revenue
    $28,341,469
  • Budget
    $25,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 22m
  • Genre
    Drama, Crime
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    9.3
  • Production
    Castle Rock Entertainment

Crew

Frank Darabont
Director
Stephen King
Novel
Niki Marvin
Producer

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Cast

Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins

Andy Dufresne
Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
Bob Gunton

Bob Gunton

Warden Norton
Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Captain Byron T. Hadley
James Whitmore

James Whitmore

Brooks Hatlen
Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

Bogs Diamond
Paul McCrane

Paul McCrane

Guard Trout
Renee Blaine

Renee Blaine

Andy Dufresne's Wife
Scott Mann

Scott Mann

Glenn Quentin
John Horton

John Horton

1946 Judge
Gordon Greene

Gordon Greene

1947 Parole Hearings Man
Alfonso Freeman

Alfonso Freeman

Fresh Fish Con
V.J. Foster

V.J. Foster

Hungry Fish Con
John E. Summers

John E. Summers

New Fish Guard
Alan R. Kessler

Alan R. Kessler

Laundry Bob
Morgan Lund

Morgan Lund

Laundry Truck Driver
Cornell Wallace

Cornell Wallace

Laundry Leonard
Ned Bellamy

Ned Bellamy

Guard Youngblood
Joe Pecoraro

Joe Pecoraro

Projectionist
Brian Delate

Brian Delate

Guard Dekins
Don McManus

Don McManus

Guard Wiley
Donald Zinn

Donald Zinn

Moresby Batter
Dorothy Silver

Dorothy Silver

1954 Landlady
Robert Haley

Robert Haley

1954 Food-Way Manager
Dana Snyder

Dana Snyder

1954 Food-Way Woman
John D. Craig

John D. Craig

1957 Parole Hearings Man
Ken Magee

Ken Magee

Ned Grimes
Bill Bolender

Bill Bolender

Elmo Blatch
Ron Newell

Ron Newell

Elderly Hole Guard
John R. Woodward

John R. Woodward

Bullhorn Tower Guard
Chuck Brauchler

Chuck Brauchler

Man Missing Guard
Dion Anderson

Dion Anderson

Head Bull Haig
Claire Slemmer

Claire Slemmer

Bank Teller
James Kisicki

James Kisicki

Bank Manager
Rohn Thomas

Rohn Thomas

Bugle Editor
Rob Reider

Rob Reider

Duty Guard
Brian Brophy

Brian Brophy

1967 Parole Hearings Man
Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy

1967 Food-Way Manager
James Babson

James Babson

Con (uncredited)
Dennis Baker

Dennis Baker

Old Man on Bus (uncredited)
Fred Culbertson

Fred Culbertson

Police Officer (uncredited)
Alonzo F. Jones

Alonzo F. Jones

Inmate (uncredited)
Sergio Kato

Sergio Kato

Inmate II (uncredited)
Gary A. Jones

Gary A. Jones

Convict (uncredited)

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Reviews for The Shawshank Redemption
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A Review by elshaarawy 9

Written by elshaarawy on 2016-04-29

very good movie 9.5/10 محمد الشعراوى... read more

very good movie 9.5/10 محمد الشعراوى

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A Review by John Chard 10

Written by John Chard on 2016-07-10

Some birds aren't meant to be caged. The Shawshank Redemption is written and directed by Frank Darabont. It is an adaptation of the Steph... read more

Some birds aren't meant to be caged. The Shawshank Redemption is written and directed by Frank Darabont. It is an adaptation of the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, the film portrays the story of Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a banker who is sentenced to two life sentences at Shawshank State Prison for apparently murdering his wife and her lover. Andy finds it tough going but finds solace in the friendship he forms with fellow inmate Ellis "Red" Redding (Freeman). While things start to pick up when the warden finds Andy a prison job more befitting his talents as a banker. However, the arrival of another inmate is going to vastly change things for all of them. There was no fanfare or bunting put out for the release of the film back in 94, with a title that didn't give much inkling to anyone about what it was about, and with Columbia Pictures unsure how to market it, Shawshank Redemption barely registered at the box office. However, come Academy Award time the film received several nominations, and although it won none, it stirred up interest in the film for its home entertainment release. The rest, as they say, is history. For the film finally found an audience that saw the film propelled to almost mythical proportions as an endearing modern day classic. Something that has delighted its fans, whilst simultaneously baffling its detractors. One thing is for sure, though, is that which ever side of the Shawshank fence you sit on, the film continues to gather new fans and simply will never go away or loose that mythical status. It's possibly the simplicity of it all that sends some haters of the film into cinematic spasms. The implausible plot and an apparent sentimental edge that makes a nonsense of prison life, are but two chief complaints from those that dislike the film with a passion. Yet when characters are this richly drawn, and so movingly performed, it strikes me as churlish to do down a human drama that's dealing in hope, friendship and faith. The sentimental aspect is indeed there, but that acts as a counterpoint to the suffering, degradation and shattering of the soul involving our protagonist. Cosy prison life you say? No chance. The need for human connection is never more needed than during incarceration, surely? And given the quite terrific performances of Robbins (never better) & Freeman (sublimely making it easy), it's the easiest thing in the world to warm to Andy and Red. Those in support aren't faring too bad either. Bob Gunton is coiled spring smarm as Warden Norton, James Whitmore is heart achingly great as the "Birdman Of Shawshank," Clancy Brown is menacing as antagonist Capt. Byron Hadley, William Sadler amusing as Heywood & Mark Rolston is impressively vile as Bogs Diamond. Then there's Roger Deakins' lush cinematography as the camera gracefully glides in and out of the prison offering almost ethereal hope to our characters (yes, they are ours). The music pings in conjunction with the emotional flow of the movie too. Thomas Newman's score is mostly piano based, dovetailing neatly with Andy's state of mind, while the excellently selected soundtrack ranges from the likes of Hank Williams to the gorgeous Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart. If you love Shawshank then it's a love that lasts a lifetime. Every viewing brings the same array of emotions - anger - revilement - happiness - sadness - inspiration and a warmth that can reduce the most hardened into misty eyed wonderment. Above all else, though, Shawshank offers hope - not just for characters in a movie - but for a better life and a better world for all of us. 10/10

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A Review by tmdb73913433 6

Written by tmdb73913433 on 2017-11-11

Make way for the best film ever made people. **Make way.**... read more

Make way for the best film ever made people. **Make way.**

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A Review by thommo_nz 10

Written by thommo_nz on 2018-05-01

There is a reason why this movie is at the top of any popular list your will find. Very strong performances from lead actors and a story li... read more

There is a reason why this movie is at the top of any popular list your will find. Very strong performances from lead actors and a story line from the literary brilliance of Stephen King (and no, its not a horror). Sufficient drama and depth to keep you interested and occupied without stupefying your brain. It is the movie that has something for everyone.

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A Review by AndrewGentry

Written by AndrewGentry on 2018-10-18

It's still puzzling to me why this movie exactly continues to appear in every single best-movies-of-all-time chart. There's a great story, p... read more

It's still puzzling to me why this movie exactly continues to appear in every single best-movies-of-all-time chart. There's a great story, perfect cast, and acting. It really moves me in times when I'm finding myself figuring out things with my annual tax routine reading <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidsmithjd/what-is-form-w-2-and-how-does-it-work-3n31d">this article</a>, and accidentally catching myself wondering what my life should be if circumstances had changed so drastically. This movie worth a rewatch by all means, but yet, there's no unique vibe or something - there are thousands of other ones as good as this one.

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A Review by matthewdixon

Written by matthewdixon on 2019-07-30

I will not say that the film is predictable, because it is not quite so, due to the fact that we only know Andy’s intentions at the end, and... read more

I will not say that the film is predictable, because it is not quite so, due to the fact that we only know Andy’s intentions at the end, and during the film, it is important to understand that there was not a hint of it, but let's not forget our guys who so imprudently localized it. I will not be the first, but the word 'redemption' is translated as 'redemption'. I don’t know the reason why our localizers decided to spoil the impression to all Russian-speaking people.

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A Review by JPV852 10

Written by JPV852 on 2021-09-18

First time seeing this in probably close to 20 years, maybe longer. Forgot how excellent of a movie this was, amazing all around from the pe... read more

First time seeing this in probably close to 20 years, maybe longer. Forgot how excellent of a movie this was, amazing all around from the performances, Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins especially, with a roller coaster of emotions. The writing (from Stephen King's novel) direction from Frank Darabont was precise and just all around fantastic. This is the very rare 5 star movies I've given but it is easily one of the best movies, right up there in my book with The Godfather. **5.0/5**

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A Review by LƛȤƛƦꪡƬƑ

Written by LƛȤƛƦꪡƬƑ on 2023-01-14

No 1 movie for all the time... read more

No 1 movie for all the time

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A Review by drystyx 3

Written by drystyx on 2023-04-03

This is much more predictable and Hollywood than a King novel. This story of another man wrongfully in prison for murder joins the list of ... read more

This is much more predictable and Hollywood than a King novel. This story of another man wrongfully in prison for murder joins the list of about every other movie about a man sent to prison for murdering his wife. And therein lies the problem. Most of the time, the killer is the husband, and most of the time the right man is in prison. Juries are now doomed to consist of several people who are brainwashed by this constant propaganda Hollywood gives us and think accordingly. People are not gods. They are souls and spirits that can only withstand so much brainwashing. Add to that, the story plods along with really nothing new to add. It's a very formula movie. I won't say it is a "bad movie". Those are ones I give 1 or 2 out of 10. But 3/10 is what I call the very boring, unimaginative, safe, non thought provoking movies that you forget about quite quickly.

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A Review by Sanjeev0805

Written by Sanjeev0805 on 2023-06-29

This movie is great... read more

This movie is great

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A Review by Geronimo1967 8

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-08-26

Tim Robbins is wealthy banker "Andy Dufresne" who finds himself sentenced to life imprisonment after his wife and her lover are found murder... read more

Tim Robbins is wealthy banker "Andy Dufresne" who finds himself sentenced to life imprisonment after his wife and her lover are found murdered. The handsome "new fish" is initially the target of the "sisters" who would use him as they would like - but he fights back and gradually establishes a friendship with prison "scrounger" Morgan Freeman ("Red"). When he overhears the beastly prison guard captain bemoaning some tax problems, he, rather riskily, volunteers to help find a tax-free solution and is soon advising pretty much the whole place - including "Warden Norton" (Bob Gunton) on all things financial - some above board, some less so. The film is set over a period of over ten years, and depicts some of the most brutal aspects of prison life; but also some it's more hopeful. It deals with violence and desperation but also of bonding and lasting friendships and loyalties that long term close-confinement engender. Frank Darabont elicits the best from his three principals superbly, with added venom provided by guard captain Clancy Brown and humanity from prison librarian James Whitmore - one of the few who actually does make parole. The last half hour is up there with the best cinema has ever had to offer, and this - again on a big screen - is a must see adaptation of one of Stephen King's lesser known, but better, stories that delivers a redemption never, quite, anticipated by the prison service!

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A Review by dumasori 9

Written by dumasori on 2024-01-27

**Watched it 32 times** Call me obsessed, but I have watched this movie 32 times (and counting) over the past 2 decades. One may wonder w... read more

**Watched it 32 times** Call me obsessed, but I have watched this movie 32 times (and counting) over the past 2 decades. One may wonder why? It is because every time I watch this movie, I learn something new from it. For example, despite being such a good friend of Red, Andy never shares his plan with him. This taught me that discipline and focus is vital for success. I can not praise enough the tight plot, direction, acting and everything. On my favorite movies list, this one certainly tops the chart.

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A Review by elshaarawy

very good movie 9.5/10 محمد الشعراوى...

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A Review by elshaarawy 9

Written by elshaarawy on 2016-04-29

very good movie 9.5/10 محمد الشعراوى...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 10

Written by John Chard on 2016-07-10

Some birds aren't meant to be caged. The Shawshank Redemption is written and directed by Frank Darabont. It is an adaptation of the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Star...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by tmdb73913433 6

Written by tmdb73913433 on 2017-11-11

Make way for the best film ever made people. **Make way.**...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by thommo_nz 10

Written by thommo_nz on 2018-05-01

There is a reason why this movie is at the top of any popular list your will find. Very strong performances from lead actors and a story line from the literary brilliance of Stephen King (and no, its...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by AndrewGentry

Written by AndrewGentry on 2018-10-18

It's still puzzling to me why this movie exactly continues to appear in every single best-movies-of-all-time chart. There's a great story, perfect cast, and acting. It really moves me in times when I'...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by matthewdixon

Written by matthewdixon on 2019-07-30

I will not say that the film is predictable, because it is not quite so, due to the fact that we only know Andy’s intentions at the end, and during the film, it is important to understand that there w...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by JPV852 10

Written by JPV852 on 2021-09-18

First time seeing this in probably close to 20 years, maybe longer. Forgot how excellent of a movie this was, amazing all around from the performances, Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins especially, with ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by LƛȤƛƦꪡƬƑ

Written by LƛȤƛƦꪡƬƑ on 2023-01-14

No 1 movie for all the time...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by drystyx 3

Written by drystyx on 2023-04-03

This is much more predictable and Hollywood than a King novel. This story of another man wrongfully in prison for murder joins the list of about every other movie about a man sent to prison for murde...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Sanjeev0805

Written by Sanjeev0805 on 2023-06-29

This movie is great...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 8

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-08-26

Tim Robbins is wealthy banker "Andy Dufresne" who finds himself sentenced to life imprisonment after his wife and her lover are found murdered. The handsome "new fish" is initially the target of the "...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by dumasori 9

Written by dumasori on 2024-01-27

**Watched it 32 times** Call me obsessed, but I have watched this movie 32 times (and counting) over the past 2 decades. One may wonder why? It is because every time I watch this movie, I learn som...

read more