The Shawshank Redemption – 1994 – English
Film directed in 1994 by Frank Darabont, and starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, James Whitmore, Gil Bellows, William Sadler, Mark Rolston, Clancy Brown, David Proval, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jude Ciccolella, Don McManus, Alfonso Freeman, Brian Libby, Mack Miles, Frank Medrano, Larry Brandenburg, Neil Giuntoly, Joseph Ragno, Paul McCrane, Renee Blaine, Scott Mann, John Horton, Gordon Greene, V.J. Foster, Morgan Lund, Gary Lee Davis, Neil Summers, Ned Bellamy, Joe Pecoraro, Brian Delate, Paul Kennedy, Dorothy Silver, Robert Haley, Dana Snyder, Ken Magee, Bill Bolender, Dion Anderson, James Kisicki, Rohn Thomas, Brian Brophy…
Synopsis: Accused of the murder of his wife, Andrew Dufresne (Tim Robbins), after being sentenced to life imprisonment, is sent to Shawshank prison. Over the years, he will gain the trust of the director of the center and the respect of his fellow prisoners, especially Red (Morgan Freeman), the boss of the bribery mafia.
Review: The Shawshank Redemption is an exemplary case of cinephile redemption: in the nominations for the 1994 Oscars this “unknown” film appeared with seven nominations, after being released without any success, directed by a rookie and with a cast without stars. To make matters worse that year Forrest Gump swept everything and our prison drama was empty. Also at the box office: its re-release in theaters during the awards season was again more than discreet (it ended the year in no less than the 51st best-grossing position of the year). It seemed doomed to oblivion, but unexpectedly since then a constant vindication of the quality and set of values that this endearing and highly entertaining story about friendship has contained … to where it is now: in the first positions of all the lists of public preferences . The script (based on a short story by Stephen King) slowly grabs you into a masterful crescendo, giving away one of the most beautiful endings in decades. Robbins has never been better, eliciting an empathy reminiscent of Gregory Peck in “To Kill a Mockingbird” with his restrained performance. And finally there is Morgan Freeman, with a tender and sincere look that sentences you to love him in perpetuity, without the need for chains. I’m still serving my sentence.