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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

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(short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"), (screenplay)
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Top Rated Movies #1 | Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man's unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red. Written by J-S-Golden

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Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and prison violence | See all certifications »

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14 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$727,326, 25 September 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,341,469

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,500,000
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Charlie Sheen loved the script so much that he called up an executive he knew at Castle Rock and said "I'll do this film for fucking scale (actor's minimum). Sheen even offered to film a 30-minute test reel with him playing Red to show he could do the job, but Castle Rock said no, and according to Sheen they cast Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in the lead roles not long afterwards. See more »

Goofs

Assuming that prisoner numbers are issued in order of arrival at the prison, the character Snooze should not have a higher number (38271), than Andy (37927). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
District Attorney: Mr. Dufresne, describe the confrontation you had with your wife the night that she was murdered.
Andy Dufresne: It was very bitter. She said she was glad I knew, that she hated all the sneaking around. And she said that she wanted a divorce in Reno.
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Crazy Credits

The man who cried and was beaten when Andy first arrived is listed and credited as "Fat Ass" -- the other inmates' nickname for him. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Malvo (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovesick Blues
by Cliff Friend and Irving Mills
Performed by Hank Williams
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets
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Prepare to be moved
8 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have never seen such an amazing film since I saw The Shawshank Redemption. Shawshank encompasses friendships, hardships, hopes, and dreams. And what is so great about the movie is that it moves you, it gives you hope. Even though the circumstances between the characters and the viewers are quite different, you don't feel that far removed from what the characters are going through.

It is a simple film, yet it has an everlasting message. Frank Darabont didn't need to put any kind of outlandish special effects to get us to love this film, the narration and the acting does that for him. Why this movie didn't win all seven Oscars is beyond me, but don't let that sway you to not see this film, let its ranking on the IMDb's top 250 list sway you, let your friends recommendation about the movie sway you.

Set aside a little over two hours tonight and rent this movie. You will finally understand what everyone is talking about and you will understand why this is my all time favorite movie.


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