Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Shawshank Redemption

As The Mad Hatter once pointed out, sometimes the classics weren't as great when they first came out. The three main movies that fall into that category are Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life and The Shawshank Redemption, the latter I will be reviewing.

Banker Andy Dufrense (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two life sentences after murdering his wife and her lover. Despite his pleas, he is sent to Shawshank State Prison, where there are violent prisoners, abusive guards and a corrupt warden. While serving his time, he becomes friends with fellow prisoner Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman).

It's interesting. I've seen some of the greatest movies ever made, and some of them didn't leave the same impact The Shawshank Redemption had on me. I will admit I was slightly appalled that it lost Best Picture (who wasn't?), but at least it got recognized.

My Rating: *****


  1. Recall that not only did it not get recognized as best picture, but in that year's race it was pretty much an afterthought behind the Gump/Pulp main event.

    Nifty post - Thanks for the shout out btw!

  2. One of my favorite movie of all-time. Morgan Freeman was outstanding as Red.

  3. This movie pulls me in. If I see it on TV, I can't help stopping and watching it, no matter how far in it is. It has a great story with a great pace that grabs you and won't let go.

  4. I saw this movie when it was first released and have watched it at least a dozen times since then. The film is wonderfully written, and the actors were superb.

  5. "after murdering his wife and her lover." He did not kill them.

  6. Shawshank Redemption is without doubt one of the best films ever made, and definitely the best film of 1994. Yes, it is better than Lion King, and I really like that too.


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