Two prisoners bond while serving life sentences, becoming
friends through acts of common decency in an indecent place.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Written and Directed by Frank Darabont
Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore, Mark Rolston, Gil Bellows
Based on the novella Rita Hayworth and
Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Actor (Morgan Freeman), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score (Thomas Newman)
The Shawshank Redemption is one of the most moving and inspiring films of all time, as well as being one of the most well-adapted Stephen King stories ever put to film. It's a film that, as the title says, is about redemption and the courage to hold on to your humanity. With the combined talent of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, this tale is told with gravitas and respect.
Andy Dufresne (Robbins) is a wrongfully convicted man who is sentenced to two life sentences in Shawshank Prison, where he spends the next 20 years bonding with a fellow prisoner named Red (Freeman). Their miraculous bond amidst a place of suffering is nothing short of inspiring, and it's the care and thought that Frank Darabont put into this screenplay that make this an absolute classic.
This film has since entered the Top 10 lists of almost every film critic in the world, and for good reason. It's a perfect story of triumph, resolution, and bravery. The beautiful yet haunting score by Thomas Newman provides you with the emotion required to experience The Shawshank Redemption. I, for one, consider it a personal favorite and it deserves every bit of critical acclaim it has received since 1994.