Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Shawshank Redemption Review

The Shawshank Redemption

Release Date: 15th February 1995 - Australia

Production Companies
Castle Rock Entertainment (presents)

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Drama

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable for Young Children)

Runtime: 142 minutes

Budget: $25,000,000

Box Office Gross: $58,000,000 (Worldwide)

Plot Summary
Andy Dufresne, a New England banker convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, is sent to Shawshank State Prison where he meets Red Redding, a seasoned lifer. Despite twenty years on the inside, the prison bars fail to contain their spirits; and the pair forge an unlikely friendship, one that overcomes pain, suffering and ultimately leads to a chance at freedom.

Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne
Morgan Freeman - Red Redding
Bob Gunton - Warden Norton
William Sadler - Heywood
Clancy Brown - Captain Hadley
Gil Bellows - Tommy
Mark Rolston - Bogs Diamond
James Whitmore - Brooks Hatlen
Larry Brandenburg - Skeet
Neil Giuntoli - Jigger
Brian Libby - Floyd
David Proval - Snooze
Joseph Ragno - Ernie
Scott Mann - Glenn Quentin

Writer/Director - Frank Darabont
Based on Short Story "Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption" - Stephen King
Executive Producer - Liz Glotzer 
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - David V. Lester 
Producer - Niki Marvin
Production Designer - Terence Marsh
Costume Designer - Elizabeth McBride
Director of Photography - Roger Deakins
Film Editor - Richard Francis-Bruce
Music - Thomas Newman


1995 Academy Awards
Best Picture - Niki Marvin (Nominated)
Best Actor in a Leading Role - Morgan Freeman (Nominated)
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published - Frank Darabont (Nominated)
Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins (Nominated)
Best Sound - Robert J. Litt, Elliot Tyson, Michael Herbick
and Willie D. Burton (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Richard Francis-Bruce (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Score - Thomas Newman (Nominated)

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION was seen and admired by many film buffs, even the website of IMDB rated it as #1 on the top 250 films. A well-renowned cinematic iteration of a book by Stephen King. It easily beats a few movies that were based on his other work like STAND BY ME and MISERY for example. It accomplishes pure significance and love to the modern film industry. The film was poorly-advertised during its release then re-airings on television quickly changed that into a pop-cultural phenomenon. It's not so surprising that SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION was one of the year's best movies that were destined to win the Best Picture Oscar and was snubbed in favour of FORREST GUMP (click here). I also like to point out that THE LION KING (click here) should have had this distinction, if it were nominated. A prison drama about one man who befriends a fellow inmate as they struggle to regain their hope and freedom in a prison run by a corrupt warden. Frank Darabont has never filmed a Hollywood big-budgeted picture and this is his first foray into the motion picture industry. This was his known directorial debut as Frank was moving on to direct other projects that were not yet filmed specifically until later years.

Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman were both handing out their sensational performances in a movie like SHAWSHANK. Their roles as the inmates considering that one is a rogue and the other is a seasoned veteran that are in a friendship which is the heart of the story. It's a crime that none of these two well-known actors won the Best Actor award which goes to Tom Hanks for his role in FORREST GUMP. The actors who take on the roles of corrupt officials like Bob Gunton who was perfect as the awfully corrupt warden. So does Clancy Brown for his supporting role as the ruthless prison guard. The music by Thomas Newman was hauntingly beautiful and moody and without a doubt, is his greatest composition that he has written for a feature film. 

This was a genuinely moving movie which will be known in its most importance as a timeless masterpiece. Age hasn't affected SHAWSHANK as the film was highly regarded and continues to inspire us. Highly recommended for those that were new to Stephen King and will watch it for the first time.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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