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The Shawshank Redemption (1994 – R)

March 7, 2009

Originally posted on October 17, 2003


In The Shawshank Redemption a man is wrongfully convicted of the murder of his adulterous wife, and spends the next several decades befriending a fellow convict. Eventually, he helps free some his inmates spiritually, while he himself escapes the confines of the prison physically.

Story = 20


Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman star, while Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, and James Whitmore certainly put in notable performances of their own. Morgan Freeman is definitely one of the best actors working today.

Cast = 20


A little Mozart, and a lot of original material by Thomas Newman. The haunting theme and its recurrence throughout the film really help solidify this film as one of the all-time best. A soundtrack can really effect the overall feel of a movie, and can make a decent film a good one, and a good film a great one. That is certainly the case here.

Soundtrack/Score = 20

Quote/Catch Phrase

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” A true statement, and a great line.

Here are some more inspiring and thought provoking lines: “It takes a strong man to save himself, and a great man to save another.” “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.” “Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies!” This classic will never die.

Quote/Catch Phrase = 16


Yet another Stephen King movie adaptation, and probably the best one. That is saying a lot when you consider the likes of Stand by Me. If I had to make a top 100 films of all time, Shawshank would certainly be on it. A classic, and seemingly a regular on TNT.

Rewatchability =  20

Total Score = 96

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