The Shawshank Redemption (1994)




Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, James Whitmore, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, Bill Bolender, Brian Libby, Joseph Ragno, David Proval, Frank Medrano, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jude Ciccolella, Brian Brophy

In 1947 banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), though he proclaims his innocence, is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at the Shawshank State Penitentiary, where guards and corrupt director Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton) impose their law made of violence and unpunished murders.
His friendship with Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), an inmate serving a life sentence, and his tax knowledge will help him survive. 

Never a film had given such a direct meaning to freedom, not a physical freedom but the one that dwells in the human soul. With this masterpiece seems the director, Frank Darabont, wants to prove Seneca's thesis. Seneca, infact, argued that a man can be free on the throne or in chains. 
Though the role was firstly offered to other actors (Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt), Tim Robbins's Dufresne is extraordinarily expressive. The script is well adapted from the Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and though Red was supposed to be Irish I forgive Darabont because he gave to the whole world the opportunity to see an amazing Morgan Freeman. I'm actually disappointed this film didn't won any of the seven Academy Awards nomination received (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing).

Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.

Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.


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