The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite films. It was nominated a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

This film tells a story that a successful banker called Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who was sentenced to a life term at Shawshank State Prison for murdering his wife even though he stubbornly claimed his innocence. It was in the prison where Andy met his best fellow Ellis “Red” Redding (Moran Freeman). Despite the ugly realities of prison life such as a corrupt warden, psychopath prison fellow, and sadistic guards. However, Andy did not crack in front of pressure, instead, he did not give up his hope of proving his innocence. He used his banking skills to manage financial matters for guards and even help the warden with money laundering. Andy also begins writing weekly letters to the state legislature requesting funds to improve the prison’s decaying library. Accidentally, Andy heard from one of his prison mates Tommy Williams that his cellmate at another prison had claimed responsibility for the murders for which Andy was convicted. Andy approached the warden with this information, but the warden refused to listen and sends him back to solitary confinement when he mentions the money laundering. Andy was released from solitary confinement after two months, and he told Red that he dreamed of living in Zihuatanejo, a Mexican coastal town. Red promised that if he is ever released, he would visit a specific hayfield near Buxton and retrieve a package Andy buried there. He worried about Andy’s well-being, especially when he learned Andy asked a fellow inmate for six feet of rope. At the next day’s roll call, the guards found Andy’s cell empty, and revealing a tunnel that Andy had dug with his rock hammer over the last 19 years. After serving 40 years, Red was paroled. He struggled to adapt to life outside prison and fears that he never will. Remembering his promise to Andy, he visited Buxton and founds a cache containing money and a letter asking him to come to Zihuatanejo. He finally found Andy on a beach in Zihuatanejo, and the two friends were happily reunited.

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

I love this film because it is a story about hope and dreams. Both Andy and Red gain redemption by doing good deeds for one another. This film gives people power to move on in their live whatever difficulties they meet. These are some classic lines from this film “You know some birds are not meant to be caged their feathers are just too bright”,”First you hate them, then you get used to them. Enough time passes, you depend on them. That’s institutionalized”, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies”.

 

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