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The Shawshank Redemption - The Greatest Film of All Time

Updated on May 18, 2017

The Shawshank Redemption is a story about Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins), a banker who was put into prison for life for a double homicide he did not commit. While in prison, he managed to befriend Red (played by Morgan Freeman), who can smuggle things inside the prison because of his connections from the outside. Dufresne asked for a small rockhammer saying he loved geology and a poster of Rita Hayworth.

Because of his professional background, he was asked by the warden (Bob Gunton) to build a library and carry out shady financial scams. He also gave free financial advice to prison guards. One day, a new inmate who was transferred from another prison, Tommy (Gil Bellows) tells Andy that he met a fellow inmate Ernie (Joseph Ragno) who told him that he killed a banker's wife and his boyfriend but the crime was charged to someone (Andy).

Andy tried to talk to the warden about his situation but the warden wants to have none of it. He killed Tommy, framing him up as though he was trying to escape. Andy refuse to do the scam anymore but he was forced to after the warden threatened to destroy the library.

On one stormy evening, Andy crawled through a sewer and escaped from the prison. He was a free man. The following morning, the warden and the guards search his cell and found a hole in the wall covered by a poster. Andy had dug a tunnel using the hammer in 20 years.

Red (left) with Andy (right)
Red (left) with Andy (right) | Source

Andy took with him the money from the scam and left town. Police tried to arrest the warden but the warden shot himself instead of turning himself over. Red was eventually paroled was lost in the outside world. He had a hard time living a normal life outside prison and was just about to give up when he remembered what Andy told him in prison that if ever Red gets out, he should go to this specific place where a letter should be waiting for him. Red finds that letter and reunites with Andy in a Pacific town in Mexico.

This is, by far, my greatest movie of all time. It delves deep down the human soul. No other movie has uplifted and touched my life as much as what this film did to me. No other movie has ever depicted the human spirit in a more striking manner than this film. I recommend you readers to watch this wonderful movie. It uplifts and inspires the soul and focuses on friendship, hope, and beyond. It's unfortunate the film did not win the Oscar for Best Picture. The award went to the much-publicized and equally great film Forrest Gump which starred then 2-time Best Actor winner Tom Hanks.

Below are some of the movies famous quotes:

"Get busy living or get busy dying."

"Andy Dufresne, the man who crawled through a river of shXX and came out clean on the other side"

"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

"These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That's institutionalized."

"You know the funny thing is, on the outside I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook."

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