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The Shawshank Redemption 1994



The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The movie is an adaption from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

Directed by : Frank Darabont
Produced by : Niki Marvin
Screenplay by : Frank Darabont
Starring : Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
Music by : Thomas Newman
Cinematography : Roger Deakins
Editing by : Richard Francis-Bruce
Studio : Castle Rock Entertainment
Distributed by : Columbia Pictures (Theatrical), Warner Bros. (Home Media)
Release date : 23 September 1994

Plot :

In 1947, banker Andrew "Andy" Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of murdering his cheating wife and her lover, based on circumstantial evidence. He is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at Shawshank State Penitentiary in Maine, run by Warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton) and brutal chief guard, Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown). Andy befriends Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), an inmate serving a life sentence whose parole application was recently rejected. Red is known for obtaining contraband and is able to procure a rock hammer for Andy, allowing him to create small stone chess pieces. Andy later obtains a large poster of Rita Hayworth from Red for his cell wall, followed in later years by Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch.

Andy works in the prison laundry, but is regularly sexually assaulted by "the Sisters" and their leader Bogs (Mark Rolston). After overhearing Hadley complain about taxes on a forthcoming inheritance, Andy tells him a legal loophole and is reassigned to assist the prison librarian, elderly inmate Brooks Hatlen (James Whitmore); a pretext for Andy to work on financial requests. Andy's advice is soon sought by other guards at Shawshank and from nearby prisons. Hadley cripples Bogs, after one of his assaults puts Andy in the infirmary. Bogs is removed from the prison and Andy is left alone from then on, writing weekly letters to the state government for funds and using goodwill with Norton to expand the prison library. One donation provides him with a recording of The Marriage of Figaro and he plays an excerpt over the public address system, well aware he will be punished for doing so. Norton begins using prison labor for public works, undercutting the cost of skilled labor and receiving kickbacks. He has Andy launder the money under the identity of "Randall Stevens", in exchange for his private cell and maintaining the library. Brooks is freed on parole into a halfway house but, unable to adjust to the outside world, hangs himself; Andy dedicates the expanded library to him.

In 1965, Tommy Williams (Gil Bellows) is incarcerated on robbery charges. He joins Andy and Red's circle of friends, and Andy assists him in getting his GED. When he hears the details of Andy's case, Tommy reveals that an inmate at another prison, Elmo Blatch (Bill Bolender), claimed to have committed a nearly identical murder, suggesting Andy's innocence. Andy approaches Norton with this information, but the warden fears Andy may reveal his corruption should he be released. Norton places Andy in solitary confinement and threatens to destroy the library if he should talk, then orders Hadley to kill Tommy under pretext of an escape attempt. Andy returns to his regular cell block and tells Red of his dream of living in Zihuatanejo, a Mexican Pacific coastal town, and setting up a hotel with boat rides for his customers. While Red shrugs it off as unrealistic, Andy instructs him, should he ever be freed, to visit a specific hayfield near Buxton to retrieve a package. After hearing that Andy requested a length of rope from another inmate, Red fears that he is planning to commit suicide that night.

The next day at roll call, Andy's cell is empty. An enraged Norton throws one of Andy's rocks at the poster of Raquel Welch which tears through, revealing a tunnel in the wall that Andy dug with the hammer over the last two decades. The night before, Andy switched Norton's ledger with the prison-issued Bible and took the ledger, his chess set, and one of Norton's suits and escaped through the tunnel and a sewage drain during a thunderstorm. Andy then poses as Randall Stevens to withdraw most of the corruption money from several banks and sends evidence of Norton's corruption and murder of Tommy to a local newspaper. The police arrive at the prison and Hadley is arrested, but Norton commits suicide to evade arrest.

Red receives parole after serving 40 years and is allocated the apartment where Brooks committed suicide, and works at the same grocery store. Just like Brooks, Red begins to fear the outside world. Remembering Andy's advice, he visits Buxton and finds a cache of money as well as a note left by Andy, telling him to get to Zihuatanejo. Red violates his parole and travels to Fort Hancock, Texas to skip the border to Mexico. The two are happily reunited on the beach to begin a new life.


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