The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

In this adaptation of a Stephen King short story, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is an innocent man in Shawshank Penitentiary, jailed for life for the murder of his wife. He forms an unlikely friendship with fellow lifer Red (Morgan Freeman), as he adjusts to a future behind bars.

The film is universally loved and it’s easy to see why. It’s a classic battle between good and evil that avoids cliché while making the concept of hope seem so powerful and liberating that only those with a heart of stone won’t be moved. Every performance is fantastic and the finale is impossibly uplifting, a worthy ending to a movie that has proven nearly impossible to dislike.

1994Rating: MA15+, High level coarse language, Medium level violence142 minsUSA
Drama

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

If the film is perhaps a little slow in its middle passages, maybe that is part of the idea... to give us a sense of the leaden passage of time, before the glory of the final redemption.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

As preposterous as it is appealing...

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The story... becomes incarcerated in its own labyrinthine sentimentality.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Without a single riot scene or horrific effect, it tells a slow, gentle story of camaraderie and growth...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

It's a simple story elegantly, cleverly told, not to mention expertly acted.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

If you don't love Shawshank, chances are you're beyond redemption.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Cinematic alchemy of a kind that's all too rare...

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