The Shawshank Redemption
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The Shawshank Redemption
In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of a double murder, even though he stubbornly proclaims his innocence. He's sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison in Maine, where another lifer, Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), picks him as the new recruit most likely to crack under the pressure. The ugly realities of prison life are quickly introduced to Andy: a corrupt warden (Bob Gunton), sadistic guards led by Capt. Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown), and inmates who are little better than animals, willing to use rape or beatings to insure their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Simply marvelous entertainment."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"A passing reference to 'The Count of Monte Cristo' offers a partial clue to what makes this movie compelling."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Watching these actors work together is a real treat, and they more than make up for the script's deficiencies."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
"Spiritually moving old-fashioned prison pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Darabont explores the range of human kindness and cruelty as he lovingly and patiently sculpts his large cast of characters against magnificent scenery."
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"Freeman, who is simply a great actor, a man who has never struck a false note in his career, both narrates this tale and anchors it with his authoritative playing."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"...a throwback to the kind of serious, literate drama Hollywood used to make."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Powerful, poignant, thought-provoking and finally irresistibly uplifting."
‑ , Film4
"Gritty but comforting story of friendship."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"...itself a testament to overcoming odds. It is sentimental and stereotyped, yet we are able not only to suspend our disbelief but to root for it all the way."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A testament to the human spirit..."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"It's a simple story elegantly, cleverly told, not to mention expertly acted."
‑ , Boston Globe
"If you don't love Shawshank, chances are you're beyond redemption."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"I love this film. It's a story about hope and dreams and one whose emotional impact is as great as the Pacific Ocean is blue."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"...has certainly earned its reputation as one of the most effective prison movies in cinematic history..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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