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The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Movie Information

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1

Avg. Rating:

3.54/4

# of Ratings:

1737

Genres:

Drama

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

09/23/1994

Director:

Frank Darabont

Actors:

Tim Robbins
Morgan Freeman
Bob Gunton
William Sadler
Clancy Brown
Gil Bellows

 

 

 

 

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A young banker named Andy, has his life changed rapidly when he is convicted of the murder of his wife and lover, and sentenced to life in prison. As the story unfolds, Andy shows that he is a not a typical prisoner. With the help of his friend Redd, Andy makes the most of his prison life. The film takes place in the 1940's.

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Elshad 01/05/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME. I really enjoyed watching every single minute. In this movie there're a lot of things to learn, friendship and enmity, love and hatred and etc. Best of all this movie is all about HOPE and that with hope every single person can achieve something, with hope she or he can live on and struggle for survival. Andy was the best personage in this movie and through him I've learnt a lot of think. Thanks for such an amazing movie. I'll watch it again and again!!!!

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FSUNoles27TS 12/06/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

A movie that never fails to amaze no matter how many times you watch it. The writing was done so deliberately and precisely. Robbins and Freeman are perfect in their roles. This movie will go down as, if not THE greatest, one of the greatest movies ever made. I find it very hard to believe there are people who watch this movie and can rate it below a 4 out of 4. This is what great art is and is a must watch for ever man, woman, and child.

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smokiediebear 08/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

This is one of my favorite movies of prison life aside from Clint Eastwoods Escape from Alcatraz. I will watch this over and over and never get bored with this movie. Morgan Freemans finest role if you ask me, a great friend to Andy throughout the movie and his narration throughout the movie held the whole thing together. A must see

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  Josh
Josh
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01/01/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.

Shawshank is unique in the genre and unlocked a new potential for moviemakers to break the inherent confines of a prison picture. So why is Shawshank so popular and tops many best movie lists? Not hard to figure out. The entertainment value is high and our empathy is heightened for Andy and Red. It is deeper than most films; about continuity in a lifetime, based on friendship and hope. Interesting that although the hero of the film is the convicted former banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), the action is never seen from his point of view. We move, permanently, to a point of view representing the prison population and particularly Ellis 'Red' Redding (Morgan Freeman). From Andy's arrival on the prison bus to the film's end, we see only how others see him - Red, who becomes his best friend,...

Rating of
4/4 

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  memento_mori
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07/04/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

There's a reason it's #1 on FilmCrave.

The Shawshank Redemption is a movie with extreme depth.
I watched this movie with my father when I was twelve (and in the prime of my discovery of the art of film), way before it was number one on IMDB and such. It was just an incredible movie.
Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne is remarkable. He doesn't say much, it's all in the facial expressions. You get the torture this man has endured, and that when he didn't even deserve it. If you can't sympathise with Andy in this movie, check your pulse.
The characters are written so well with such hopeful and clever dialogue, managing to move an audience simply by having a conversation in a prison yard about the beauties of the life outside.
Morgan Freeman is once again Morgan Freeman, although this was one of the first few roles that got him noti...

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4/4 

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  MovieAddict
MovieAddict
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03/22/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Prepare to be moved!

The Shawshank Redemption follows the story of Andy Dufrense, a young banker from Portland, Maine, who is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, and sentenced to life imprisonment at the Shawshank Prison. Whilst there, he meets veteran "Red" (played by the brilliant Morgan Freeman) an aged convict who, unlike the majority of the populace, accepts that he is a guilty man. The two develop a friendship over the lasting years which evolve into what could be akin to brotherhood.

Despite being incarcerated for life without parole, Andy maintains hope and puts his financial expertise, to good use, becoming a tax and financial adviser to the prison guards and even the Warden himself. As a reward for these services, Andy is given a privileged job in the prison library and protect...

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3.5/4 

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