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The Shawshank Redemption

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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

On The DVD Back

Few movies capture the triumph of the human spirit as memorably as The Shawshank Redemption.  Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins star in this powerful nominee for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture) based on a Stephen King story.

Freeman plays "Red" Redding, a lifer who know the ropes at Maine's Shawshank State Prison.  Robbins is new inmate Andy Dufresne, a quiet banker unjustly convicted of murder.  Andy's indomitable will earns Red's friendship; his resourcefulness brings hope and change to the entire prison.  Andy is full of surprises - and he saves his best for last.  Written and directed by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile), The Shawshank Redemption is "an engrossing, superbly acted yarn" (Tom Charity, Time Out Film Guide).

DVD Scene Index

1. On trial (Credits; If I Didn't Care). 21. Parole rejection present.
2. Icy and remorseless. 22. Keeping the books.
3. The guy who can get it. 23. A crook in prison.
4. A stiff breeze and other arrivals. 24. Tommy Williams.
5. Fresh fish. 25. Elmo Blatch.
6. Nameless. 26. Solitary.
7. First request. 27. Sniper's target.
8. Andy's routine. 28. Catching Norton's drift.
9. Beer on the roof. 29. A certain hay field.
10. Just like everybody else. 30. The longest night.
11. Second request. 31. Vanished.
12. A pair of beatings. 32. Andy's way out.
13. Welcome back. 33. His judgment cometh.
14. Cell toss. 34. Not meant to be caged.
15. A cottage industry. 35. Rehabilitated?
16. Exactly what they take. 36. On the outside.
17. Brooks was here. 37. Honoring a promise.
18. A shipment for Andy. 38. "No good thing ever dies."
19. Time out for Mozart. 39. A free man's dreams.
20. The danger of hope. 40. Dedication and End Credits.

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