The Shawshank Redemption

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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 9.2/10 (720,894 voted)

Critic's Score: 80/100

Frank Darabont

Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton

Andy Dufresne is a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940's, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner.

Writers: Stephen King, Frank Darabont


Tim Robbins

Andy Dufresne

Morgan Freeman

Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding

Bob Gunton

Warden Norton

William Sadler


Clancy Brown

Captain Hadley

Gil Bellows


Mark Rolston

Bogs Diamond

James Whitmore

Brooks Hatlen

Jeffrey DeMunn

1946 D.A.

Larry Brandenburg


Neil Giuntoli


Brian Libby


David Proval


Joseph Ragno


Jude Ciccolella

Guard Mert

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

Release Date: 14 October 1994

Filming Locations: Ashland, Ohio, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000


Opening Weekend: $727,327
(25 September 1994)
(33 Screens)

Gross: $58,500,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


James Whitmore was cast in the part of Brooks because he was one of Frank Darabont's favorite character actors.


At one point, one can clearly see Andy aging – his hair becomes more gray – but a few minutes later, there is less gray and he looks younger again.


[first lines]

District Attorney:
Mr. Dufresne, describe the confrontation you had with your wife the night that she was murdered.

Andy Dufresne:
It was very bitter. She said she was glad I knew, that she hated all the sneaking around. And she said that she wanted a divorce in Reno.

User Review

Tied for the best movie I have ever seen

Rating: 10/10

Why do I want to write the 234th comment on The Shawshank Redemption? I
am not sure – almost everything that could be possibly said about it
has been said. But like so many other people who wrote comments, I was
and am profoundly moved by this simple and eloquent depiction of hope
and friendship and redemption.

The only other movie I have ever seen that effects me as strongly is To
Kill a Mockingbird. Both movies leave me feeling cleaner for having
watched them.

I didn't intend to see this movie at all: I do not like prison movies
and I don't normally watch them. I work at a branch library and one day
as I was checking The Shawshank Redemption out to one of our older
patrons, she said to me, "Whenever I feel down or depressed, I check
out this movie and watch it and it always makes me feel better." At the
time, I thought that was very strange. One day there was nothing on TV
except things I absolutely would not watch under any circumstance or
things that I had seen too many times already. I remembered what she
said, so I watched it. I have watched it many many times since then and
it gets better with every showing.

No action, no special effects – just men in prison uniforms talking to
each other.

The Shawshank Redemption and To Kill a Mockingbird are the best movies
I have ever seen. I do not judge it by it's technical merits – I don't
really care about that. I have read that Citizen Kane or The Godfather
or this or that movie is the best movie ever made. They may have the
best technique or be the most influential motion pictures ever made,
but not the best. The best movies are ones that touch the soul. It
takes a movie like The Shawshank Redemption to touch the soul.