The Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption ★★★½ 1994 (R)

Bank veep Andy (Robbins) is convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover and sentenced to the “toughest prison in the Northeast.” While there he forms a friendship with lifer Red (Freeman), experiences the brutality of prison life, adapts, offers financial advice to the guards, and helps the warden (Gunton) cook the prison books…all in a short 19 years. In his theatrical debut, director Darabont avoids belaboring most prison movie cliches while Robbins' talent for playing ambiguous characters is put to good use, and Freeman brings his usual grace to what could have been a thankless role. Adapted from the novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King. 142m/C VHS, DVD . Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Mark Rolston, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore; D: Frank Darabont; W: Frank Darabont; C: Roger Deakins; M: Thomas Newman.