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R| 2 hr. 22 min.

Plot Summary
Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn't commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years.

Cast: Tim Robbins , Morgan Freeman , Bob Gunton , William Sadler , Clancy Brown , Gil Bellows , James Whitmore , Mark Rolston

Director: Frank Darabont

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Release Date: September 23rd, 1994|2 hr. 22 min.

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critic reviews ( 19 )
fan reviews ( 9 )
  • It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities. Robbins and Freeman connect with the bruised souls of Andy and Red to create something undeniably powerful and moving. show more

  • Some of "The Shawshank Redemption'' comes across as outrageously improbable. Yet the film keeps pulling you back with its sense of striving humanity slowly turning the tables against evil. show more

  • Kudos go to the great Thomas Newman, whose score contributes as much as either lead to what is finally a two-character movie, though one well-performed by all. [23 Sept 1994] show more

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  • July 27, 2010 GuppySkipper
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    My favorite line..."Either get busy livin', or get busy dyin' "...This movie mirrored my life for a time so errily well...

  • July 26, 2010 BABOO2
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    This is my fav movie; great characters that draw you in.....When Tim Robbins decides to play the opera music and take the punishment....it has meaning

  • July 26, 2010 oneflatiron
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    This was an awesome movie. One of my favs.

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