The Shawshank Redemption
Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.
Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.
Absolute classic. It may not be THE best film ever made, but is certainly one of them - it expresses the need for friendship, bravery, hope, and above all.. freedom.
"Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'." - Red
There. I watched it. I am now a free man. It was good. Great. Excellent, in fact. Still over-rated, but could it be anything else? My heart lies firmly with Pulp Fiction and no amount of "Oh, it's the greatest film ever 'cause IMDB says so!" could make it anything other than a disappointment. But I've been disappointed far more violently than this.
All the critical acclaim I can see is to do with the feel-good nature of the film, and it has this in shed-loads. Good guys find redemption, bad guys get owned and Morgan Freeman is sympathetically wrinkly. In fact, it isn't just a feel-good film, it's a feel-freakin'…
If you ever feel down,
If you ever feel like giving up,
If you ever feel like nothing is gonna workout,
If you ever feel hopeless,
If you ever feel like dying,
Watch this film. It is a miraculous medicine. It is a wonderful movie.
After watching Gilda for the first time yesterday, I thought I should revisit Shawshank again for the fourth time. While I don't believe it is the greatest film ever made as IMDB claims (IMDB is shit anyway) I do believe it is the best Stephen King adaptation out there. It's a clever, powerful, and breathtaking masterpiece.
There are times when people hype up a film, you watch it and then you wonder where in the world all that hype came from. The Shawshank Redemption is not one of those films. It is brilliant.
There are three films that came out around the same time that cause silent awe or contemplation as a response on the way home after watching them. One was Pulp Fiction, which I watched with my father during a visit - leaving me a bit stunned when he said goodbye. Another was Seven, which some friends and I drove into Baltimore city from Towson to see - all silently shocked during the drive back up 83. And there was The Shawshank Redemption, with a roommate (now friend) who walked from our dorm to the theater with me - silent silent head down walk home before an eventual "wow, that was really good" was all we could muster.
I guess this…
This film has surpassed Reservoir Dogs as my favorite film of all time.
This movie destroyed me and it is perfect.
Heartwarming, dark, emotional, tearful, this is one of the most famous films. Whilst I prefer the novella by Stephen King, I can appreciate how magnificently the film captures the book. Maybe it is a bit debatable in places but definately in one of my top 10 lists. Morgan Freeman just steals the show and his narration is just unforgettable. Phenomenal and brilliant film.
very good! watched it for school.
Why do people like this movie so much?
Prison. Where friendships are made that will last a lifetime sentence, maybe two to three.
Love the ending. So realistic. WOW.
While, in my opinion, not as good as its director's other famous film, the Green Mile, this one is still stupendously entertaining and immensely rewatchable, with an inspiring story.