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The Shawshank Redemption

Released on 01 September 2003

Featuring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman & Bob Gunton

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Fear can hold you prisoner...Hope can set you free.

City banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) arrived at Shawshank Prison in 1947. Convicted of two brutal murders, he received a double life sentence and discovers that when they send you to Shawshank State Prison for life, that is exactly what they take.

Within the confines of Shawshank, Andy forms an unlikely friendship with the prison "fixer" Red (Morgan Freeman). He also becomes popular with the Warden and the prison's guards, as Andy is able to use his banking experience to help the corrupt officials amass personal fortunes.

With an extraordinary twist in the tale, Andy finds that survival comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying...
  • Shawshank: The redeeming 48 minute feature
  • Interviews with cast and crew

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 Average rating (113 reviews)

 Simply a MASTERPIECE !

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This has to be one of the greatest movies ever made , I have watched this over and over and never tire of its sheer brilliance...a must for all movie fans

 Best movie in the history of film making!!

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I watched this for the first time over 10 years ago and still today it stands as my favourite film of all time.

No CGI special effects or action, just a simple story about the power of hope and friendship.

Andy dufresne (Tim Robbins) gets sent to prison for murdering his wife, a crime he did not commit. There he becomes good friends with Morgan Freeman "Red". They form an unlikely bond of friendship that survives throughout the years. Whilst inside Andy realises through all the bad things that happen whilst there there is something inside that they can never take away from him "hope" and it is this lasting will power inside him that makes the ending so satisfying.

It is a crime if you have not seen this movie or own a copy of it! I have the the book by Stephen King "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption", have a VHS copy, 2 DVD versions and I will buy Blu Ray version when it is released!

Simply the best film ever made, and totally unmissable!

 Hope Will Set You Free

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Everyone knows about this movie now, but when I originally watched it in the Mid Nineties, it was pretty much unheard of.
It was one of the rare occasions, when you watch a movie, not expecting much, and for it to blow you away.
It may not have the same impact now, as it's reputation is now Massive. But still a Class Act.
Brilliant Slow Burning Story, with a Gem of a pay off. Poignant, Funny, Classy, the whole lot.
Top notch Performances from Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Masterfully Directed by Frank Darabont.
One of the most complete Movie Experiences of the last 20 Years

 'The man likes to play chess; let's get him some rocks.'

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Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his cheating wife and her lover and is sent to Shawshank Prison - a prison rumoured that if you're sent there for life, 'that's exactly what they take.' Andy soon becomes involuntarily involved in trouble during the beginning of his stay at Shawshank whilst befriending Red, the prison 'fixer'. However, armed with his superior intelligence, Andy proves himself financially useful to Warden Norton and life becomes suddenly much easier, but there are on going happenings behind his work. A truly uplifting and inspiring story about a man who bides his time to achieve his ultimate goal.

Superb performances by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Rated and awarded so highly by so many people. Buy :)

 I cannot stress how good this is!!! and for £3!!!!

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The Shawshank Redemption is the absolute definition of a classic film. It is a harrowing, sad, amazing story, wrapped in
pathos. Combined with the truly amazing score, it brings up all kinds of emotions.

It should have easily one best picture, but in the shadow of Forest Gump (excellent, but not quite as good as this), it lost out. The acting is brilliant overall especially from Morgan Freeman, and if you've read the novella in Different Seasons (see my review for this too!), you'll know thats exactly how they should be played.

In short, the best film of all time. Buy it now!

9.8/10

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ActorsTim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore & Gil Bellows
DirectorFrank Darabont
Certificate15 years and over
Year1994
ScreenWidescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Duration2 hours 16 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.