The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

Frank Darabont (1994)

136min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This deeply moving version of Stephen King's story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption from first-time director Frank Darabont is one of the best adaptations of the novelist's work. Tim Robbins plays Andy Dufresne, a Maine banker sent to Shawshank State Prison for murdering his wife and her lover. He is regularly brutalised by the inmates and the penal system in general, but his existence improves when he befriends fellow lifer and prison fixer Red, played by Morgan Freeman. Under Darabont's inspired direction, Robbins and Freeman both rise to the challenge of portraying world-weary dignity against the odds, while the severity of the prison system is underlined in the poignant performance of James Whitmore as a veteran convict trying to make it on parole, but ill-equipped to do so.

Summary

A banker is wrongly jailed for his wife's murder and over the course of a life sentence he forms a close friendship with a fellow inmate. He also earns a position of trust as book-keeper to the corrupt prison governor - but makes an enemy of his benefactor as he tries to clear his name. Frank Darabont's drama, starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown and Gil Bellows.

Cast & Crew

Andy Dufresne Tim Robbins
Ellis Boyd `Red' Redding Morgan Freeman
Warden Norton Bob Gunton
Heywood William Sadler
Capt Hadley Clancy Brown
Tommy Gil Bellows
Bogs Diamond Mark Rolston
Brooks Hatlen James Whitmore
Director Frank Darabont
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Soda PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama