The Shawshank Redemption

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Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

  1. Frank Darabont

    Director, Writer

  2. Stephen King


Top Billed Cast

  1. Tim Robbins

    Tim Robbins

    Andy Dufresne

  2. Morgan Freeman

    Morgan Freeman

    Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding

  3. Bob Gunton

    Bob Gunton

    Warden Samuel Norton

  4. William Sadler

    William Sadler


  5. Clancy Brown

    Clancy Brown

    Captain Byron T. Hadley

  6. Gil Bellows

    Gil Bellows


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 22m

Budget $25,000,000.00

Revenue $28,341,469.00

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Release Information

  • September 14, 1994
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Some birds aren't meant to be caged.

The Shawshank Redemption is written and directed by Frank Darabont. It is an adaptation of the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, the film portrays the story of Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a banker who is sentenced to two life sentences at Shawshank State Prison for apparently murdering his wife and her lover. Andy finds it tough going but finds solace in the friendship he forms with fellow inmate, Ellis "Red" Redding (Freeman). While things start to pick up when the warden finds Andy a priso... read the rest.

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