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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.
Shawshank may not be THE best film ever made, but is certainly one of them.
One of the most impressive King adaptations, and shows the entire cast at their greatest.
It expresses the need for friendship, bravery, hope, and above all - freedom.
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.
Film #51 of Project 90
”Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”
Why The Shawshank Redemption is such a popular movie? It is well-made and well-paced, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are perfect in their roles and Frank Darabont’s ability of narrating the story without hiccups and his charming way of using multiple supporting characters to add more depth to the story of his two protagonists make the experience enjoyable and rewarding. But can a movie reach the success of Shawshank only by being cinematically perfect? There should be some kind of an explanation for its matchless popularity, but first you need to pick a keyword and then form…
It's been about five years since I watched The Shawshank Redemption and what strikes me most about it is how restrained the story telling is. Some have said it drags, especially the second half, but I can't really see where the seconds could be shaved off. I want a story that takes its time. The action and the pacing is in their faces, in the minds of these men, watching them cope with their incarceration and what it does to a man. Just like for Andy and Red, time moves slowly, but meaningfully.
I think the brilliance of the film has to be due to the wonderful performances from Tim Robbins and, especially, Morgan Freeman. The voice over might seem…
"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'…
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.
An amazing, beautiful film?
The best film of all time?
With art, I believe there is no one best anything. There is too much variance. And that's okay. Because if there was one best film, then I'd have nowhere to go but down from here. Luckily, I know that is not the case.
It's hard to pick out exactly why this film is considered by many to be one of, if not the, greatest film of all time. There's nothing inherently revolutionary about it. The story is pretty basic and simple at its core. The performances are great, but nowhere near groundbreaking. And it certainly wasn't regarded in the light its held now by its contemporaries, being shut out at the 1994 Oscars.
Perhaps though, it is its cinematic simplicity that appeals to many people. Perhaps it is the uplifting message of hope and friendship above all other trials and tribulations that touches people. Perhaps it is these small things that add up to the larger picture of this films wide appeal. It…
Great Movie, but overrated.
I have heard good things about this movie and I wasn't disappointed. For some reason I thought that this would have a sad ending, but I was clearly mistaken.
one of the all-time great movies
Bank Merchant Andy Dufrense is convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover, and sentenced to life imprisonment at the titular prison.
Life seems to begin to fade, but fortunately Andy befriends some of the other inmates, in particular a character known only as Red.
Over time Andy finds ways to live out life with relative ease as one can expect in a prison, his body may be locked away in a cell, but his spirit can never be truly imprisoned.....
There is nothing to say about this film that hasn't been said before. Its awe-inspiring, its warm, and most of all, it gives you an enormous sense of well being once the credits roll.
From the opening…
Whenever feel down or depressed, check out this movie and watch it and it always makes feel better
No action, no special effects - just men in prison uniforms talking to each other
I have never seen such an amazing film since I saw The Shawshank Redemption. Shawshank encompasses friendships, hardships, hopes, and dreams. And what is so great about the movie is that it moves you, it gives you hope.
It is a simple film, Frank Darabont didn't need to put any kind of outlandish special effects to get us to love this film, the narration and the acting does that for him.
One of the greatest movies of all time.
there are places, in the world that are not made out of stone, there is something inside that they cant get to they can not touch.
-what are you talking about?
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