The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 prison drama directed by director Frank Darabont based on Stephen King's 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It was released on September 23, 1994. The movie also casts the famous Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding.
Andy Dufresne is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn't commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red, experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years.
Why It Rocks
- Outstanding acting from Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
- Amazing cinematography.
- The film has some of the most iconic scenes in cinema history. A great example is the part where the main character escapes the prison and kneels in happiness in the pouring rain.
- Morgan Freeman's narration.
- The characters are simply fantastic.
- Its pacing.
- It shows us what prison life is like.
The Shawshank Redemption was universally acclaimed by critics. It got nominated for seven Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor for Morgan Freeman, Best Adapted Screenplay for Frank Darabont, Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins, Best Film Editing for Richard Francis-Bruce, and Best Screenplay for Darabont). The film holds a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 66 reviews with an average rating of 8.2/10. The film has a score of 80/100 on Metacritic based on 19 reviews indicating "generally favorable reviews'. It got a 9.3/10 on IMDb and became the highest-rated film on IMDb's Top Rated Movies.