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Quite simply, utter, utter brilliance,
This review is from: The Shawshank Redemption [DVD]  (DVD)I first saw shawshank in the cinema on the day it opened. Nobody had spoken to me about it before, nobody had said a word. The only reason i went to see it was because it was nominated for quite a few oscars.
I do not have the words to express to you how i felt when i first experienced shawshank. It is without a doubt, one of the finest films ever, ever made. The performances are outstanding and the director did a fantastic job (and deserved an oscar) the story is first class and is even better than the short story of stephen king's that it came from.
I am not surprised that time after time in recent surveys this has been voted one of the top 5 films ever made.
The only reason that you might not want to sit through this is if you are appalled by violence (because there is some in the film). Apart from this, please, if you have not seen this film, rent it, borrow it or buy it, but before you die you owe yourself to watch this magnificent movie. Few come more highly recommended.