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Hollywood Limelight: The Shawshank Redemption

Post by: Snehith Kumbla

It is very likely that Hollywood director Frank Darabont (Very much alive at the time of writing) will be remembered in his obituary for one particular film for sure, the one that goes by the name of The Shawshank Redemption (1994). The film is based on a Stephen King short story ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’. Back then when it was released, The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Oscars and won…none. Neither did the film do well in theatres. It was only when the movie came out in the home video rental segment that its popularity soared by mere word of mouth. Today the movie is considered to be one of the best ones ever made, and easily the most underrated of all the movies considered to be the greatest.


The story goes like this. In the year 1947, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of killing his wife and her lover, purely on the basis of circumstantial evidence. He is transported to the corrupt, hostile environs of the Shawshank prison and here he befriends among others - Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman).  The two form a bond even as two decades pass by with Dufresne’s spunkiness bringing about favourable changes in the prison. But things are at an edge, and Dufresne is at the point of breaking down, much to the Red’s dismay. What happens next? That’s what the best movies do to you.    

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