The Shawshank Redemption 1994

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Shawshank Redemption 1994
2h 22min | Drama | 14 October 1994 USA

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency
Director: Frank Darabont
Writers: Stephen King (short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"), Frank Darabont (screenplay)
Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton

Morgan Freeman's favorite film of his own
Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford were all considered for the part of Red
Although a very modest hit in theaters, it became one of the highest-grossing video rentals of all time
Stephen King has considered this to be one of his favorite film adaptations based on his own work
The most rented video of 1995
Despite being widely considered as one of the greatest movies of all time, it didn't receive a single Oscar win, though it was nominated for seven, including Best Picture
The opera song that Andy Dufresne plays over the loud speakers is "Canzonetta sull'aria" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro."

Voted #4 on Empire magazine's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time (September 2008
Voted #1 Must See Movie of all time by listeners of Capital FM in London
Sidney Poitier turned down the role of Red, as he didn't feel that playing a convict was providing a good example
Ranked #10 in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time

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