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When this popular prison drama was released in 1994, some critics complained that the movie was too long (142 minutes) to sustain its story. Those complaints miss the point, because the passage of time is crucial to this story about patience, the squeaky wheels of justice, and the growth of a life-long friendship. Only when the film reaches its final, emotionally satisfying scene do you fully understand why writer-director Frank Darabont (adapting a novella by Stephen King) allows the story to unfold at its necessary pace, and the effect is dramatically rewarding. Tim Robbins plays a banker named Andy who's sent to Shawshank Prison on a murder charge, but as he gets to know a life-term prisoner named Red (Morgan Freeman), we realize there's reason to believe the banker's crime was justifiable. We also realize that Andy's calm, quiet exterior hides a great reserve of patience and fortitude, and Red comes to admire this mild-mannered man who first struck him as weak and unfit for prison life. So it is that The Shawshank Redemption builds considerable impact as a prison drama that defies the conventions of the genre (violence, brutality, riots) to illustrate its theme of faith, friendship, and survival. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor, and Screenplay, it's a remarkable film that signaled the arrival of a promising new filmmaker--a film that many movie lovers count among their all-time favorites. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Tim RobbinsAndy Dufresne
Morgan FreemanEllis Boyd 'Red' Redding
Bob GuntonWarden Norton
William SadlerHeywood
Clancy BrownCaptain Hadley
Gil BellowsTommy
Mark RolstonBogs Diamond
James WhitmoreBrooks Hatlen
Jeffrey DeMunn1946 D.A.
Larry BrandenburgSkeet
Neil GiuntoliJigger
Brian LibbyFloyd
David ProvalSnooze
Joseph RagnoErnie
Jude CiccolellaGuard Mert
Paul McCraneGuard Trout
Ned BellamyGuard Youngblood

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One never tires of this movie, it is timeless. TheShawshankRedemption
  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Frank Darabont
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 142 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 23, 1994
    EuropeFeb 17, 1995
    JapanJun 3, 1995
    AustraliaFeb 16, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaDec 2, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
  • Also known as:
  • Shôshanku no sora ni in Japan
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