Friday, 5 September 2008

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption was originally written as a short story by Stephen King, who is more famous for his horror stories, entitled ‘Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption’. The film, set over 20 years (beginning in 1946) tells the story of a quiet banker Andy Durfresne (played by Tim Robbins) who is sent to the Shawshank prison for the murder of his wife and the man she was having an affair with. Whilst in prison Andy meets Morgan Freeman’s character ‘Red’ (who narrates the story brilliantly) and film is about the friendship that build between them and how Andy learns to survive prison life by using his banking skills to help the guards with their tax and business dealings but all the time quietly wishing for his freedom. I wont give away any more of the plot but I would certainly recommend watching this film if you haven’t already seen it, the casting is perfect and you feel genuine compassion for the key characters, I was almost on the end of my seat for the last 20 minutes hoping for a happy end. The story is intelligent and engrossing and I was surprised to hear that it wasn’t a box office hit when first released.

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