The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American prison drama film, written & directed by Frank Darabont, based on the Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth & Shawshank Redemption.
The film stars Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding. The film portrays Andy spending nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison, a fictional penitentiary in Maine, & his friendship with Red, a fellow inmate. This movie exemplifies the potential gap between initial box office success & ultimate popularity. Despite a lukewarm box office reception that was barely enough to cover its budget, The Shawshank Redemption received favorable reviews from critics and has since enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television, home video, DVD and Blu-ray. It continues to be hailed by critics and audiences alike, 15 years after its initial release, and is ranked among the greatest films of all time. Shawshank currently heads the Internet Movie Database’s poll of top 250 films, leading such pictures as The Godfather, Pulp Fiction and Schindler’s List.
Plot: In 1947, a young banker named Andy Dufresne is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and her lover based on strong circumstantial evidence and is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at Shawshank State Penitentiary in Maine. At the prison, inmate Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding is rejected for parole after having served twenty years of his life sentence shortly before Andy’s arrival. Andy gradually becomes acquainted with Red’s circle of friends, and Red himself, who is known for cleverly smuggling in contraband. After a month of adjusting to his new life, Andy approaches Red and asks him to get a rock hammer, originally intending to pursue a hobby of rock collecting. Andy later asks Red to get him a poster of Rita Hayworth, which over the years is replaced with a poster of Marilyn Monroe, then Raquel Welch.
* Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne
* Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding
* Bob Gunton as Warden Samuel Norton
* William Sadler as Heywood
* Clancy Brown as Capt. Byron Hadley
* Gil Bellows as Tommy Williams
* Mark Rolston as Bogs Diamond
* James Whitmore as Brooks Hatlen