The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

DVD - 1999
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Two convicts, one white and one black, never give up the dream of freedom, and together they turn hope and friendship into an uplifting bond no prison can ever take away.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 1999.
ISBN: 9780780629370
078062937X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (142 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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singidunum_25
Dec 27, 2016

This movie is a classic!

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pinkbumblebee
Dec 08, 2016

This is the best movie I have ever seen! It was hands down amazing and extremely well done!

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stormystormy123
Sep 30, 2016

Great characters who are based on their outlooks free even in prison and other characters who are imprisoned even in freedom. Joy to watch at least once every year.

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jncd4j
Sep 30, 2016

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It was so very well written and the acting is sublime. I highly recommend it!

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steve1111
Aug 13, 2016

If there is such a thing as a template (or blue print) for the perfect movie then Shawshank Redemption fits the requirements. As seems to be more often the case than otherwise, Stephen King's non-horror stories translate well on screen (add Delores Claibourne and Stand by Me). Who can forget "Brooks was here," "Get busy living, or get busy dying," and the twice used term "obtuse." A classic!!!

AL_KATI Aug 03, 2016

Get busy living or get busy dying. This film is definitely in my top 10 favorites of all time because of the complexity of the characters, innocence versus guilt, and how to survive anything.

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Watson_20
May 17, 2016

Really great movie. One of the best movies based on a Stephen King book. In a way this movie reminds me of the other Stephen King book/movie The Green Mile. But, some of the language in the movie (The Shawshank Redemption) is not for anyone under the age of 16.

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JihadiConservative
Dec 14, 2015

The Shawshank Redemption is widely considered to be one of the greatest films in history, and that claim definitely is valid. Telling the stories of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), the film looks at the brutality of prison life and how sometimes, the most human people in the prison are the prisoners as opposed to the guards.

Convicted of killing his wife and the man she was sleeping with, Andy is sent to Shawshank Prison, one of the grittiest and most terrible prisons in Maine. The warden, Sam Norton (Bob Gunton) is a stern man of God who is a crook at heart; he "allows" Andy, who is a former banker, to manipulate the prison accounts so that he can appropriate extra money. The guard captain Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown) beats prisoners with very little provocation, in fact, he had his men beat a man to death on his first night because he was crying. However, the prisoners aren't saints either. Beatings, rape, and other kinds of abuse go on between prisoners, and the guards tend to let it happen. Meanwhile, Red looks on as Andy slowly adjusts to life at Shawshank. Red is "the guy who can get stuff", and Andy begins requesting strange items. He asks for a rock hammer so that he can continue his hobby of geology and he asks for a poster of Rita Hayworth in order to have something pretty to look at. Andy and Red become friends, and soon Andy is fairly popular around the yard.

He cements his status as the favorite of both the guards and the prisoners when he gives valuable financial advice to Hadley in exchange for getting some beers for his friends. Soon, Warden Norton employs him in the prison library, which he turns into the most comprehensive and well-run prison library in New England. Eventually, Andy becomes the go-to guy in Shawshank, turning felons and guards into more civilized people.

In addition to the story, the movie has great themes and observations. Throughout his sentence, Andy claims that he is innocent of the crime. After he begins doing shady accounting for Norton, Andy comments to Red that it wasn't until after his incarceration that he became a crook. The ideas of hope and fear are expertly dealt with in the film. Both are seen as having the possibility to do good or evil, and it all comes down to how we want our lives to turn out.

For a movie about prison life, The Shawshank Redemption is surprisingly uplifting. It has numerous moments of intense violence and hatred, but overall, it is a story about hope and the goodness that can exist even in the hardest of convicts. This movie should definitely be on every person's list of movies to see in their lifetime. At first, you will think this movie is a prison story. Then you will think its a story of friendship. Then you will think its a story about a murder mystery. Then, you will realize it is a story of all three, and much, much more. This is a story of redemption and hope. It is moving, and beautiful.

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erikgras
Oct 14, 2015

5 stars

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JackPurcell
Oct 07, 2015

An excellent movie about human flaws, prison, hope, escape, and revenge.

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JihadiConservative
Dec 14, 2015

Coarse Language: "Fuck" is used throughout along will "mother" and its variations. "Shit, bitch, bastard, damn, cock, dick, prick" and much, much more is used. A character says "suck my dick with no teeth" another used "Fuc*" sexually.

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JihadiConservative
Dec 14, 2015

Violence: Beatings. Beatings were many die. Some abuse. Ok, a lot of abuse. A character is shot four times (blood sprays). A man hangs himself (emotional scene). A man shoots himself in the head (blood and matter splatter the wall behind him) Emotional content throughout and homosexual rape.

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JihadiConservative
Dec 14, 2015

Sexual Content: a character is homosexually raped several times (never shows, just strongly implied) Curse words are used sexually. sexual references. Some pin up posters shown. Cheating on spouses and a brief sex scene in the beginning (nothing shown)

7Liberty7 Sep 20, 2014

Coarse Language: Loads, I mean, loads of vulgar and foul language. But then, it's a film with prison inmates...what would you expect?

vitriolic7eyes May 01, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: These scenes are riddled throughout the movie so they are not isolated to simply one section. Be warned.

vitriolic7eyes May 01, 2012

Violence: mild but intense

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Ciresica
Sep 23, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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pinkbumblebee
Dec 08, 2016

pinkbumblebee thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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DFX
Aug 08, 2016

DFX thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Dec 14, 2015

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

7Liberty7 Sep 20, 2014

7Liberty7 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Ciresica
Sep 23, 2011

Ciresica thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Dieu_D Jan 14, 2015

Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Kelly196 Jun 09, 2014

Red: Get busy living or get busy dying...

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Ciresica
Sep 23, 2011

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

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Andy Dufresne: What about you? What are you in here for?
Red: Murder, same as you.
Andy Dufresne: Innocent?
Red: [shakes his head] Only guilty man in Shawshank.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Red: [narrating] The first night's the toughest, no doubt about it. They march you in naked as the day you were born, skin burning and half blind from that delousing shit they throw on you, and when they put you in that cell... and those bars slam home... that's when you know it's for real. A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Red: [narrating] I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that - but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile - prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Andy would show up with fresh bruises. The Sisters kept at him - sometimes he was able to fight 'em off, sometimes not. And that's how it went for Andy - that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.

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Ciresica
Sep 23, 2011

Andy Dufresne, a brilliant lawyer, is accused of meurdering his wife. He is sent to the Shawshank Prison, and must endure the violence and terrible things happening in there.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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

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cali_kiwi
Oct 24, 2009

This dramatic endearing movie will appeal to a wide audience.

The tale of a man wrongly accused and imprisoned this movie follows the path of a man seeking his redemption.

While his struggles to find a place in Shawshank prison, and his efforts to escape are clever and engrossing, it is friendship that is at the heart of this story.

Highly recommended.

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