The Shawshank Redemption 1994

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


TIM ROBBINS (The Player, Bob Roberts, The Hudsucker Proxy) and Academy Award nominee, MORGAN FREEMAN (Unforgiven, Driving Miss Daisy, Seven), star in this unforgettable story of hope, friendship and survival inside maximum security jail. From the Stephen King novella "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" featured in the best seller "Different Seasons". Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a New England banker convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, is sent to Shawshank State Prison where he meets "Red" Redding (Freeman), a seasoned lifer. Despite twenty years on the inside, the prison bars fail to contain their spirits; and the pair forge an unlikely friendship, one that overcomes pain, suffering and ultimately leads to a chance at freedom.

High level coarse language, Medium level violence


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Critic Reviews

  • Play It Again – The Shawshank Redemption

    Reviewed by Jess Lomas

    A tale of overcoming adversity, the triumph of the human spirit, and the power of friendship, set in a men’s prison circa 1946. It hardly stands out on paper as a film that would rank as the all-ti...

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Member Reviews

  • A fascinating story with numerous facets. The brutality and inhumanity of the prison system of the time is a real horror story. Yet it is a thoughtful story of friendship, hope and emotion. At first the constant narration is a distraction, but its necessity becomes clear to move the story along over 20 years.

  • Good, but I don't think it deserves the raves it tends to get.

  • Just don't get why this movie is so popular. I've tried to watch it a few times, but this is the first time I managed to get to the end (thought if I kept watching I might reach the part where it transcends the mediocre, but no). I found it overly sentimental (which jail is not), peopled by non-credible characters (a murdering lifer with a plummy voice like Morgan Freeman?) and 2-dimensional bad guys, with a saccharine-sweet ending. There have been some good, gritty movies based on the experience of being in jail, but this isn't one of them.

  • Hands down one of the best movies ever made. Whenever somebody asks what my favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption is always up in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. It is a MUST SEE!

  • This is just the BEST movie ever! If you haven't seen it then you must!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

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