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1990s, Drama - US

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Duration 2h 22m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A Stephen King novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”.
Writers/Script Frank Darabont
Additional Info The Director of Photography was Roger Deakins. He has done some stuff – most recently Blade Runner 2049.
Director Frank Darabont
Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore
Elevator Pitch A smart bank vice-president is imprisoned for the murder of his wife and her lover in the bleak Shawshank Correction Facility. To start with he is frequently beaten and possibly sexually assaulted, but as time passes he makes friends and becomes an influence in the prison, his work including looking after the warden’s finances. But unbeknown to anyone he has a plan to improve his situation.
Content Grim scenes in the prison as Andy is beaten up by other prisoners, and other prisoners are beaten up, and sometimes killed by the guards. Andy’s friend Red is the narrator telling the story. Brief scenes after prisoners are released, in one case with unfortunate consequences. A lot of standing about in the exercise yard. No drinking or drugs, a bit of smoking and some swearing.
A View I should say at the start that this movie is No 1 on the IMDb database, but actually I don’t know quite why. It did not even make any money when on general release. It does bring home to you the fact that being imprisoned for life in America means just that, although being released on parole is possible. You could look at it as one man’s triumph over adversity, or possibly as a desperately sad comment about the US prison system. Either way, worth a couple of hours of your time.

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