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When The Shawshank Redemption was released in 1994, some critics complained that this popular prison drama was too long (142 minutes) to sustain its plot. Those complaints miss the point, because the passage of time is crucial to this story about patience, the squeaky wheels of justice and the growth of a life-long friendship. Only when the film reaches its final, emotionally satisfying scene do you fully understand why writer-director Frank Darabont (adapting a novella by Stephen King) allows the story to unfold at its necessary pace.
Tim Robbins plays a banker named Andy who is sent to Shawshank Prison on a murder charge, but as he gets to know a life-term prisoner named Red (Morgan Freeman), we soon realise his claims of innocence are credible. We also realise that Andy's calm, quiet exterior hides a great reserve of patience and fortitude, and Red comes to admire this mild-mannered man who first struck him as weak and unfit for prison life. So it is that The Shawshank Redemption builds considerable impact as a prison drama that defies the conventions of the genre (violence, brutality, riots) to illustrate its theme of faith, friendship and survival. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor and Screenplay, it's a remarkable film (which many movie lovers count among their all-time favourites) that signalled the arrival of a promising new filmmaker. --Jeff Shannon--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Perfect used CD box set with all the extra trimmings! As always Shawshank is an irresistible movie. This was a purchased for a friend and he was very very happy!!Published 1 day ago by Ashley ALLEN
Great film, great actors, well written and produced. Classic filmPublished 12 days ago by Vanessa Osborne
Forgot how good this movie was.. Watched it when I was like 16, now I'm almost 24 and am totally in love with it all over again! Love the film and also great performance from Mr. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jimmy Taylor
One of my favourite films which has the rare 'watch it again' quality.Published 22 days ago by Dave
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