The Shawshank Redemption

Release Date: September 23rd, 1994

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 1999

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

Production Co: Columbia Pictures, Castle Rock Entertainment

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Quest, 1950s, Friend, Murder, Gripping, Prison, Emotional, 1960s, Friendship, 1940s, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    This is a movie with every facet shining in place, every word charged and resonant. [23 Sept 1994]

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

  • 80
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding, layering their performances with snippets of individuality: Their small, daily sustenances and minor triumphs are wonderfully inspiring. show more

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Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Sound
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995)