The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murders of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, contraband smuggler Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), and becomes instrumental in a money-laundering operation led by the prison warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton). William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, and James Whitmore appear in supporting roles.


In 1947 Portland, Maine, banker Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at the Shawshank State Penitentiary. He is befriended by Ellis "Red" Redding, an inmate and prison contraband smuggler serving a life sentence. Red procures a rock hammer and a large poster of Rita Hayworth for Andy. Assigned to work in the prison laundry, Andy is frequently sexually assaulted by "the Sisters" and their leader, Bogs.


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    award American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Film Registry
    contentLocation Maine Shawshank
    director Frank Darabont
    editor Richard Francis-Bruce
    events abuse of power corruption friendship hope imprisonment Incarceration in the United States male bonding miscarriage of justice
    genre crime drama
    keywords an excerpt assault attack back-to-back life sentences bribe bury coastal town consecutive life sentences contraband escape attempt estate tax in the united states front front organization ged general educational development geologist\'s hammer hang kickback launder ledger life sentence local newspaper money laundering parole prison rape public works raquel welch record remember reunited friends rita hayworth rock hammer roll call sexually assaulted solitary confinement state penitentiary state police sull\'aria...che soave zeffiretto taxed on an inheritance the marriage of figaro travel write zihuatanejo
    musicBy Thomas Newman
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
    producer Niki Marvin
    productionCompany Castle Rock Entertainment
    publisher Columbia Pictures
    recordedAt Ashland Lucas Mansfield Saint Croix
    theme prison