The Shawshank RedemptionDVD - 1994
From the critics
Violence: Beatings. Beatings were many die. Some abuse. Ok, a lot of abuse. A character is shot four times (blood sprays). A man hangs himself (emotional scene). A man shoots himself in the head (blood and matter splatter the wall behind him) Emotional content throughout and homosexual rape.
Sexual Content: a character is homosexually raped several times (never shows, just strongly implied) Curse words are used sexually. sexual references. Some pin up posters shown. Cheating on spouses and a brief sex scene in the beginning (nothing shown)
Coarse Language: "Fuck" is used throughout along will "mother" and its variations. "Shit, bitch, bastard, damn, cock, dick, prick" and much, much more is used. A character says "suck my dick with no teeth" another used "Fuc*" sexually.
Coarse Language: Loads, I mean, loads of vulgar and foul language. But then, it's a film with prison inmates...what would you expect?
Frightening or Intense Scenes: These scenes are riddled throughout the movie so they are not isolated to simply one section. Be warned.
QuotesAdd a Quote
Andy Dufresne: [to Red] I guess it comes down a simple choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Andy Dufresne: What about you? What are you in here for?
Red: Murder, same as you.
Andy Dufresne: Innocent?
Red: [shakes his head] Only guilty man in Shawshank.
Red: [narrating] The first night's the toughest, no doubt about it. They march you in naked as the day you were born, skin burning and half blind from that delousing shit they throw on you, and when they put you in that cell... and those bars slam home... that's when you know it's for real. A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it.
Red: [narrating] I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that - but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile - prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Andy would show up with fresh bruises. The Sisters kept at him - sometimes he was able to fight 'em off, sometimes not. And that's how it went for Andy - that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.
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JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
SummaryAdd a Summary
Andy Dufresne, a brilliant lawyer, is accused of meurdering his wife. He is sent to the Shawshank Prison, and must endure the violence and terrible things happening in there.
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
This dramatic endearing movie will appeal to a wide audience.
The tale of a man wrongly accused and imprisoned this movie follows the path of a man seeking his redemption.
While his struggles to find a place in Shawshank prison, and his efforts to escape are clever and engrossing, it is friendship that is at the heart of this story.