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Shawshank Redemption Movie
Shawshank Redemption is a movie made after Stephen King's short story in the book Different Seasons. Although I don't particularly like prison movies, this one made a lasting impact on me and many of my friends. I have to warn you - it is not a romantic comedy type of movie.
It is hard to answer what is so special on this film debut of director Frank Darabont. With Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in leading roles it doesn't feature box office stars although Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and even Brad Pitt were all considered to be in the cast. The Shawshank Redemption was far from being commercially successful on big screen, but it was a suprisingly hit among rentals. It is still very successful on TV and cable what maybe suggest its narration is more suitable to the environment with more intimacy.
Anyway, this movie is not always easy to watch. The plot is simple: a man, falsely accused of double murder (his wife and her lover) serves time in prison where he gets few friends and few enemies. With skills from outside world (he was a banker) he managed to get relatively privileged position. When he finds out the real murderer is arrested (for different crime), it seems he will be freed but corrupted penitentiary personnel don't want to help him. He is too valuable to be lost and he knows too much to be released.
So he organizes a surprising escape and a clever revenge. He did both in very spectacular way and in the end justice is served just fine. But I think this is not the main reason why this movie is so popular. The Shawshank Redemption shows us how fragile are our lives, how even a moment of insanity (main character believed for years he really commited double murder) can have long term consequences and how we should never rely on outside help.
We are responsible for our lives after all. If you are looking for a very special movie (some people believe it is the best without an Oscar), this may be the one.
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Did you know Rob Rainer offered 2,5 million dollars to Frank Darabont in exchange for the movie rights which he got from Stephen King for only one thousand bucks? Darabont refused the offer because he believed it was his chance to do something important.