The Shawshank Redemption
Based on the short novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank redemption by Stephen King
Originally released as a motion picture in 1994
Special features: Stills gallery; theatrical trailer
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Video recordings for the hearing impaired
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Modern classic that revolves around the ways that prison effects everyone involved.
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SummaryAdd a Summary
Andy Dufresne, a brilliant lawyer, is accused of meurdering his wife. He is sent to the Shawshank Prison, and must endure the violence and terrible things happening in there.
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
This dramatic endearing movie will appeal to a wide audience.
The tale of a man wrongly accused and imprisoned this movie follows the path of a man seeking his redemption.
While his struggles to find a place in Shawshank prison, and his efforts to escape are clever and engrossing, it is friendship that is at the heart of this story.
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Coarse Language: Loads, I mean, loads of vulgar and foul language. But then, it's a film with prison inmates...what would you expect?
Frightening or Intense Scenes: These scenes are riddled throughout the movie so they are not isolated to simply one section. Be warned.
Violence: mild but intense
Violence: This title contains Violence.
Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.
QuotesAdd a Quote
Red: Get busy living or get busy dying...
The man likes to play chess; Let's get him some rocks.
Andy Dufresne: What about you? What are you in here for?
Red: Murder, same as you.
Andy Dufresne: Innocent?
Red: [shakes his head] Only guilty man in Shawshank.
Red: [narrating] The first night's the toughest, no doubt about it. They march you in naked as the day you were born, skin burning and half blind from that delousing shit they throw on you, and when they put you in that cell... and those bars slam home... that's when you know it's for real. A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it.
Red: [narrating] I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that - but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile - prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Andy would show up with fresh bruises. The Sisters kept at him - sometimes he was able to fight 'em off, sometimes not. And that's how it went for Andy - that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.