Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free. 14 October 1994 Ratings: 9.3/10 from 1,410,155 users (IMDb)
Despair or determination; crying or fighting; obedience or inner freedom; resignation or patience; fear or hope…difficult choices in life make us all more powerful human beings. Experience makes us richer; hardship makes us stronger, friendship makes us better. Although we may be deprived of everything, only our own choices may truly deprive us of human dignity… These words ring the bell for the majority of people; yet, seldom do they appear so unique, so real and so concrete as in this wonderful film…
Here, let me refer to Roger Ebert’s words who nicely described the character of Andy: he says that “Andy turns out to be a surprise to everyone in Shawshank, because within him is such a powerful reservoir of determination and strength that nothing seems to break him.” Indeed, salvation lies within discipline for him…self-discipline…
Director: Frank Darabont
Writers: Stephen King (short story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”), Frank Darabont (screenplay)
Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton..
Trivia: Director Frank Darabont decided not to have the deleted scenes on the DVD release of the film because he’s embarrassed by them and doesn’t want them to be seen publicly.
Andy Dufresne: [in letter to Red] Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Red: [narrating] In 1966, Andy Dufresne escaped from Shawshank prison. All they found of him was a muddy set of prison clothes, a bar of soap, and an old rock hammer, damn near worn down to the nub. I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it. Old Andy did it in less than twenty. Oh, Andy loved geology. I imagine it appealed to his meticulous nature. An ice age here, million years of mountain building there. Geology is the study of pressure and time. That’s all it takes really, pressure, and time. That, and a big goddamn poster. Like I said, in prison a man will do most anything to keep his mind occupied. Turns out Andy’s favorite hobby was totin’ his wall out into the exercise yard, a handful at a time. I guess after Tommy was killed, Andy decided he’d been here just about long enough. Andy did like he was told, buffed those shoes to a high mirror shine. The guards simply didn’t notice. Neither did I… I mean, seriously, how often do you really look at a mans shoes? Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of shit smelling foulness I can’t even imagine, or maybe I just don’t want to. Five hundred yards… that’s the length of five football fields, just shy of half a mile.
To sum it up, I agree with short but meaningful words said by Roger Ebert: “THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION is a movie about time, patience and harmony…” I would even add that it is the film about true life where people are really themselves, to the most extent themselves. There, within the harshest reality… Because only there, we truly behave according to our rules. There, we make choices even if everything that surrounds us seems to yell: “Salvation lies within blind discipline and fundamental Bible!” A redemptive masterpiece, a masterful redemption…desperate Brooks was here…and so was Red…yet, he brought a new dawn for dreams, a new dawn for friendship… Will he succeed?