BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY The Shawshank Redemption★★★★★ 9.00-11.55pm ITV2
Many people think this is the best film ever. No, it’s not. Tim Robbins is a banker falsely convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover and sent to Shawshank prison. There he is beaten and sexually abused until he starts laundering money for the guards and the warden. His closest friend is lifer Morgan Freeman and his prized possession a huge poster of Rita Hayworth in his cell. Very significant this as it turns out. Director Frank Darabont’s debut feature, based on Stephen King’s novel, provides both a vivid picture of the horror of incarceration and a testament to the human spirit. The performances are excellent and it is indeed a very good film but not quite a great one.