Shawshank Redemption (DVD)

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Accountant Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sent to prison in the Forties for the murder of his unfaithful wife and her lover, despite protesting his innocence. He slowly comes to terms with the injustices of the corrupt prison system and quietly inspires some of his fellow prison inmates to have a more positive outlook on life. Meanwhile, the Governor of the prison discovers Dufresne's book-keeping talents and recruits him to do a spot of creative accountancy. Fellow inmate, ageing gangster 'Red' (Morgan Freeman), uses his connections to take care of Dufresne's material needs, and narrates the story of his friend's term in jail through to the late Sixties.

Product Details

Movies & TV
23 Jan 2012
Region 2
Warner Bros. Pictures
Supply Source
South Africa


Shawshank Redemption
Release Year
Dramas / Escape / Essential Cinema / Injustice / Prison/Prisoners / Theatrical Release
In writer-director Frank Darabont's THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover in the late 1940s. However, only Andy knows that he didn't commit the crimes. Sent to Shawshank Prison to do hard time, Andy--a taciturn banker in the outside world--has to learn to get by in the brutal, cutthroat confines of prison life. His quiet strength slowly earns the respect of his fellow inmates--most notably, Red (Morgan Freeman)--and even much of the prison staff. But Andy's seemingly stoic acceptance of his unjust imprisonment hides a fierce determination for freedom. This beautifully crafted movie features touching and sincere performances from the entire cast, with an uplifting message about humanity's indomitable spirit and the redemptive value of hope. Based on the novella RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION by Stephen King, Darabont's intriguing adaptation is easily one of the finest films of the 1990s.
Theatrical realease: September 23, 1994.

Shot in Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The script didn't originally call for a black man in Morgan Freeman's role. However, director Frank Darabont thought it would be funny not to cut a line that seemed to indicate the original intentions: When Tim Robbins's character asks Morgan Freeman why he's called Red, Freeman answers, "Maybe it's because I'm Irish," then gives Robbins a quizzical look and a wink.

The role of Tommy Williams (played by Gil Bellows) was originally intended for Brad Pitt.

Darabont's following film, THE GREEN MILE, is also based on Stephen King tale involving a prison setting.
Cast & Crew
Frank Darabont
Morgan Freeman / Gil Bellows / Clancy Brown / Bob Gunton / Tim Robbins / Mark Rolston / William Sadler / James Whitmore
Frank Darabont
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Thomas Newman
Niki Marvin
Director of Photography
Roger Deakins
Richard Francis-Bruce
Production Designer
Terence Marsh
Costume Designer
Elizabeth McBride
Stephen King
Set Decorator
Michael Seirton
Art Director
Peter Lansdown Smith
Deborah Aquila
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"...THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION creates a warm hold on our feelings....It is deeper than most films; about continuity in a lifetime based on friendship and hope..."
Roger Ebert (17 Oct 1999, p.5)
Entertainment Weekly
"...Extremely satisfying entertainment....[A] provisional masterpiece..." -- Rating: A-
Glenn Kenny (7 Apr 1995, pp.100-1)
New York Times
"...A slow, gentle story of camaraderie....THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION has its own brand of iconoclasm..."
Janet Maslin (23 Sep 1994, p.C3)
"...[The pairing of Freeman and Robbins] sparks moments of true grace and emotion..."
Josh Rottenberg (1 Apr 1995, p.145)
Rolling Stone
"...Undeniably powerful and moving..."
Peter Travers (6 Oct 1994, p.81)
Total Film
"...Robbins and Freeman are superb, the dialogue sparse and poetic..."
Andy Lowe (1 Aug 2000, p.101)

Customer Reviews

Shawkshank Redemption is in a league of its own.

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No one would think that Stephen King, author of horror novels such as Cujo, The Shining, and Dr Sleep would be capable of writing a storyline that can take an audience on a journey of multiple emotions, without so much as a hint of fear.

This is not only a brilliantly written masterpiece, but a brilliantly shot one as well. Frank Darabont has managed to take the book written by Stephen King and transfer it onto film that the master can be extremely proud of.

There is a reason why this movie is #1 on so many all time favorite lists, and that is due to it being an outstanding all-around masterpiece.