The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Front Cover Actor
Tim Robbins Andy Dufresne, Inmate 37927
Morgan Freeman Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
Bob Gunton Warden Samuel Norton
William Sadler Heywood, Inmate 32365
Clancy Brown Capt. Byron Hadley
Gil Bellows Tommy Williams, Inmate 46419
Mark Rolston Bogs Diamond
James Whitmore Brooks Hatlen, Librarian
Jeffrey DeMunn District Attorney (1946)
Larry Brandenburg Skeet
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Frank Darabont
Producer Niki Marvin
Writer Stephen King; Frank Darabont
Studio Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 142 mins
Country USA
Color Color
The life of Andy Dufresne changes when he is convicted and jailed for the murder of his wife.

When this popular prison drama was released in 1994, some critics complained that the movie was too long (142 minutes) to sustain its story. Those complaints miss the point, because the passage of time is crucial to this story about patience, the squeaky wheels of justice, and the growth of a life-long friendship. Only when the film reaches its final, emotionally satisfying scene do you fully understand why writer-director Frank Darabont (adapting a novella by Stephen King) allows the story to unfold at its necessary pace, and the effect is dramatically rewarding. Tim Robbins plays a banker named Andy who's sent to Shawshank Prison on a murder charge, but as he gets to know a life-term prisoner named Red (Morgan Freeman), we realize there's reason to believe the banker's crime was justifiable. We also realize that Andy's calm, quiet exterior hides a great reserve of patience and fortitude, and Red comes to admire this mild-mannered man who first struck him as weak and unfit for prison life. So it is that The Shawshank Redemption builds considerable impact as a prison drama that defies the conventions of the genre (violence, brutality, riots) to illustrate its theme of faith, friendship, and survival. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor, and Screenplay, it's a remarkable film that signaled the arrival of a promising new filmmaker--a film that many movie lovers count among their all-time favorites. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 79
In Collection Yes
Links IMDB
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85 (16:9) Letterboxed
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 053939258325
Chapters 40
Release Date 2004
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Stereo - French
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby