The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

DVD - 1994
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A quiet banker sent to prison for murder learns to cope with prison life and develops a synergistic relationship with another lifer.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1994, p1999
ISBN: 9780780629370
078062937X
Branch Call Number: SHA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (142 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4in

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mverhoeven
Jul 02, 2019

I agree that The Shawshank Redemption is one of the greatest movies of all time. It is unforgettable and sweet and horrible and lovely all at the same time. If you have not seen it yet, by all means, watch it! I had to buy it just to watch it periodically and laugh and cry and feel inspired all over again!
It made me re evaluate Stephen King as an author! He also wrote The Green Mile, another favourite.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 28, 2019

The Shawshank Redemption has been regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time, and rightfully so. The movie is entirely brilliant- for its cinematics, ambitious plot and precise directing. Starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, Shawshank starts strong and ends even stronger- with each scene pulling you further down the rabbit hole of secrets which had manifested themselves deep within certain characters. For example, "Brooks Hatlen," (played by James Whitmore,) has a certain change of events near the middle of the movie: it gives the audience a glance at what people like "Brooks" experience, its melancholic and painfully realistic. Though scenes like these only add to Shawshank's graveyard of lure, in my opinion, it puts the movie over the edge and dares it to make new choices. Everything that went into creating this movie was done brilliantly, from the dialogue to the costume design, "The Shawshank Redemption" is, and forever will be, one of the greatest movies ever created. The beauty of "Shawshank" is that the more you watch it, the more you begin to unfold- whether that be symbolism or even small details hidden within the set, it simply never grows too old and boring to watch again. I therefore highly encourage anyone with a love for brilliant movies to give this one a watch, or even a re-watch. "The Shawshank Redemption" holds it's throne as a golden standard for any movies to come and I believe that such flawlessness should be celebrated time and time again. 5/5. @showmethemonet! of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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nancyg1126
Apr 19, 2019

Very good movie.

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jmreid1220
Feb 28, 2019

This is on my Top 10 Favorite Movies of all time.

A few years ago, I visited the prison in Mansfield, Ohio where they filmed some of the scenes in the movie as well as some of the other filming locations in Ohio. As fate would have it, I was born just outside many of the filming locations, but was already a state away when they were filming this in the early 90's.

Like some of the others on my Top 10 list, if this one pops on, I will probably watch at least a few minutes of it.

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kuhwass
Feb 05, 2019

10/10 ..remains one of the best movies of all time!

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blkops33
Feb 05, 2019

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! CAN YOU KEEP THE LIGHT ON!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
2 WORDS!!! NO THANKS!!!
NUFF SAID!!!
Opps!!! wrong movie!, that was the green mile long bore!!!

This was alright I guess as far as "PG" type prison films go.
"C".

VaughanPLDavidB Sep 30, 2018

I could probably write a book about why this is the best movie ever made, but I have to keep it short. Simply stated, it is a perfectly written movie about the unlikeliest of male friendships, with outstanding performances from the entire cast, not least the supporting players. Besides great turns by the leads Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton is perfect as the unctuous Warden Norton, while Clancy Brown is equally ideal as the brutal Captain Hadley.

In its release year, 1994, Shawshank Redemption was overshadowed by Pulp Fiction and dominated at the box office and at the Academy Awards by Forrest Gump. Both those films appear on the American Film Institute's top 100 films list, while Shawshank does not. Yet, Shawshank is by far the people's champion, with a firm and deserved hold on top spot in Imdb.com, well ahead of The Godfather. My recommendation: watch it over and over and over again. You will never tire of it.

ArapahoeLesley Aug 29, 2018

This is still one of the best movies ever! I have read some King stuff but no matter what, this short story, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, is his most introspective work. King never even cashed the check that his friend Frank Darabont paid him for the rights to his short story.

I loved watching the movie, and while I'm not sure how accurate it covers prison life, it is nevertheless a poignant story with great acting. My biggest complaint is the lack of resolution for Andy; his crimes aren't forgiven or overturned, just forgotten.

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khenze2
Feb 28, 2018

My new favorite movie

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JihadiConservative
Dec 14, 2015

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.

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JihadiConservative
Dec 14, 2015

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)

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JihadiConservative
Dec 14, 2015

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.

7Liberty7 Sep 20, 2014

Coarse Language: Loads, I mean, loads of vulgar and foul language. But then, it's a film with prison inmates...what would you expect?

vitriolic7eyes May 01, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: These scenes are riddled throughout the movie so they are not isolated to simply one section. Be warned.

vitriolic7eyes May 01, 2012

Violence: mild but intense

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Ciresica
Sep 23, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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reginator_22
Jan 23, 2018

Andy Dufresne: [to Red] I guess it comes down a simple choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Dieu_D Jan 14, 2015

Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Kelly196 Jun 09, 2014

Red: Get busy living or get busy dying...

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Ciresica
Sep 23, 2011

The man likes to play chess; Let's get him some rocks.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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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pinkbumblebee
Dec 08, 2016

pinkbumblebee thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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DFX
Aug 08, 2016

DFX thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Dec 14, 2015

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

7Liberty7 Sep 20, 2014

7Liberty7 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Ciresica
Sep 23, 2011

Ciresica thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Ciresica
Sep 23, 2011

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.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

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cali_kiwi
Oct 24, 2009

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.

Highly recommended.

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