Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption

Reading Stephen King’s Novel from Print to Reel
Title: The Shawshank Redemption
Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
Director: Frank Darabont
Runtime: 142 Mins
Date Released: 6th January 1995 (Norway)
Based on Stephen King’s Novel ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’

At Shawshank prison in Maine, everyone is innocent they only got conned by their lawyers. The only guilt is being locked behind the walls where prisoners pry on each other. The guards too fleece the inmates with permission sought even for peeing.

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is charged with two life sentences served back to back for the purported murder of his wife and her lover. Being a workaholic banker he pushes his wife away.

In 1947 he starts serving his sentences at Shawshank where he meets Ellis Redding ‘Red’ (Morgan Freeman) already at 20 years of his life sentence on a murder he committed as a young man.

The two develop a mutual understanding and friendship as they serve their sentences.

Redding is the prison conman who gets Andy a rock hummer which buys Andy his freedom after digging a tunnel for 19 years.

Warden Norton (Bob Gunton) believes in bible and discipline till he finds out that Andy could skew figures the IRS. Norton forces Andy to collude with him in stealing by killing an inmate who could have proven Andy’s innocence.

Harboring hope amid despair Andy Dufresne suddenly disappears from his cell. Silently like a fart in the wind he disappears with Norton’s money…..

The movie is hot since it has 7 Oscars nomination, 13 other nominations and 12 wins in different categories

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