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The Shawshank Redemption

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover in the late 1940s. However, only Andy knows that he didn’t commit the crimes. Sent to Shawshank Prison to do hard time, Andy—a taciturn banker in the outside world, has to learn to get by in the brutal, cutthroat confines of prison life. His quiet strength slowly earns the respect of his fellow inmates -most ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States M
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
"This is not a 'prison drama' in any conventional sense of the word (...) mostly the film is an allegory about holding onto a sense of personal worth, despite everything (...) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tom Charity
Time Out
"A throwback to the kind of serious, literate drama Hollywood used to make (...) an engrossing, superbly acted yarn"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Leonard Klady
"Vivid, grueling and painful (...) A testament to the human spirit"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Janet Maslin
The New York Times
"[It] succeeds in avoiding the familiar (...) The writer and director, Frank Darabont, tells this tale with a surprising degree of loving care."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Duane Byrge
The Hollywood Reporter
"In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding."  POS
United StatesUnited States Chicago Tribune "Simply marvelous entertainment"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
"An engagingly simple, good-hearted film, with just enough darkness around the edges to give contrast and relief to its glowingly benign view of human nature."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
"A gripping 1994 prison drama, capably directed and adapted by Frank Darabont"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Ian Nathan
"If you don't love 'Shawshank', chances are you're beyond redemption (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities."  NEU
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