The Shawshank Redemption – 1994

The Shawshank RedemptionThe Shawshank Redemption – 1994 – Drama

The movie, The Shawshank Redemption is an adaptation of the novella written by Steven King titled “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.”  The screenplay for the film, which won seven Academy Award nominations, was written and directed by Frank Darabont.  Darabont also wrote the screenplay for The Green Mile – 1999, another prison themed novel written by Steven King and later made into a movie.  The Green Mile won four Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and starred Tom Hanks.

The Shawshank Redemption is the story of Andy Dufresne.  Picture a husband, wife, lover and the words “I don’t love you anymore.”  Now, couple that with a bottle of whisky.”  Sounds like a recipe for trouble, doesn’t it?  Well, it is for our main character Andy Dufresne, the quiet banker played by Tim Robbins.  His wife and her lover are murdered and he is the only suspect.  Fast forward to a courtroom guilty verdict and poor Andy receives two life sentences.  He is sent to Shawshank prison, a very corrupt institution to serve out his time.  Andy tells everyone he’s innocent, but then isn’t everyone in prison innocent?   Everyone that is, except for convicted and self-confessed murderer, Red, brilliantly played by Morgan Freeman.  Shawshank is run by Warden Norton, played by Bob Gunton and his right hand man, Captain Hadley, played by Clancy Brown, both who brought great bad guy performances to the movie.

Red has been in Shawshank for decades.  He is the prison go to man.  When inmates are in need of contraband i.e. cigarettes, booze, pick axe etc, they go to Red.  He is also the narrator of Andy’s story.  His smooth, calming voice brought believability and warmth to the movie that might have been lost with the periodic violence interjected into the film due to the subject matter.

This movie is about the bond that develops between two very different men, Red and Andy.   As it’s told, life in prison is not pleasant.  Horrific things happened to Andy while there but he was able to make the best of a bad situation.  Most men lose hope, but not Andy.  He found productive ways to pass the time, and incredibly, he was able to accomplish some unbelievable things while there.

To find out the things Andy was able to accomplish, you’ll have to watch the movie.  I found myself rooting for him and I know you will too.

Fun Flick Finds

1.  What brand of liquor was Andy drinking in one of the opening scenes?

2.  How long did it take Andy to speak to Red for the first time?

3.  Who said, “I was in the path of the tornado but didn’t think the storm would last this long?”

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