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Shawshank Redemption

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The Shawshank Redemption

Friday the 23rd of January
Pot luck supper @ 7pm, Movie @ 8pm

It takes a strong man to save himself, and a great man to save another.
--Original tagline


USA: 1994 -- Directed by Frank Darabont
Written by Frank Darabont based on the novella by Stephen King
Starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins

I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you'll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.
--Bob Gunton as Warden Samuel Norton

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.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a file baked in a cake.

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Nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor - Morgan Freeman, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Sound and Best Editing

Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama - Morgan Freeman and Best Screenplay

Ranks #2 on the Internet Movie Database's Top 250 Movies

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Memorable Quotes

Red: Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.

Floyd: Red, I do believe you're talking out of your ass.

Andy Dufresne: Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Red: [narrating] I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

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Filmed at the defunct Mansfield State Penitentiary in Ohio. The prison was in such poor condition that renovations had to be made prior to filming.

In Stephen King's original story, Red was written as an Irishman. In the movie, they left the line, "Maybe it's 'cause I'm Irish", in the movie even after they cast Morgan Freeman as Red.

The mugshots of a young-looking Morgan Freeman that are attached to his parole papers are actually pictures of Morgan's younger son, Alfonso Freeman. Alfonso also had a cameo in the movie as a con shouting "Fresh fish! Fresh fish today! We're reeling 'em in!"

Animals monitored the filming of scenes involving Brooks' crow. During the scene where he fed it a maggot, the ASPCA objected on the grounds that it was cruel to the maggot, and required that they use a maggot that had died from natural causes. One was found, and the scene was filmed.

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Anachronisms: When Tommy goes out into the yard to talk to Warden Norton, Warden Norton offers him a cigarette. The pack of Marlboro's that he offers him has miles on them. They weren't around until the '90s.

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