Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption


August 15, 2022

Spring, Eternal Hope: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (original title in English: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) is a short novel by writer Stephen King published in the Four Seasons collection in 1982.


Andy Dufresne, accused of murdering his wife and his lover, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in Shawshank Prison. Andy hangs out with inmates at the prison, especially "Red", the one who gets stuff inside the prison. Andy asks for only two things: a small pickaxe and a Rita Hayworth poster. This mini novel by King has been highly praised and marked the recognition of him as not only a horror writer, but also a dramatic one.


Frank Darabont's adaptation The Shawshank Redemption (Dreams of freedom in Argentina and Mexico or Dreams of escape in Chile and Peru and as a perpetual sentence in Spain) starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The film earned seven Oscar nominations in 1994 including best adapted screenplay. The film is also at #1 on IMDb's "Top Rated Movies" list as the best movie of all time.