The Shawshank Redemption

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August 13, 2022

The Shawshank Redemption (titled: Life imprisonment in Spain, Dreams of freedom or Escape to freedom in Argentina and Dream of escape in the rest of Latin America) is a dramatic film written and directed by the American Frank Darabont, and produced by the Castle studios. Rock Entertainment, which premiered in 1994. Its plot is based on Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (1982), a short novel by Stephen King, and covers an optimistic view of life telling the story of the banker Andy, who is sentenced to life in prison at Shawshank State Penitentiary, despite pleading not guilty. Over the next two decades he befriends a fellow inmate, smuggler Red, and becomes involved in a money-laundering operation run by prison warden Samuel Norton. The cast included leads Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, as well as supporting cast Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston and James Whitmore, while Thomas Newman provided the soundtrack. Darabont bought the film rights to the story from King in 1987, but development on him began five years later, after writing the script over an eight-week period. After presenting it to Castle Rock, the director secured a budget of 25 million USD, and in August 1993 filming began, which although set in the state of Maine, took place almost entirely in Mansfield (Ohio), with the state reformatory as the main location. While it received mostly positive reviews upon its release, particularly for its story and the performances of the lead duo, it only generated $16 million during its premiere. Many reasons were cited for its failure at the time, including competition from works like Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump, the general unpopularity of prison films, the lack of female characters, and even the title, considered confusing to audiences. . It received seven Academy Award nominations and two Golden Globe nominations, while having a revival that increased its gross to $58 million. On the other hand, it is considered one of the great films of the 1990s and appears in first place on the top 250 list —generated by users— of the IMDb website, after surpassing The Godfather (1972) in 2008, while the United States Library of Congress selected it in 2015 for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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In 1947 Andy Dufresne, vice president of a major bank in Portland, Maine, is tried for the murder of his wife and a man with whom she was having an affair. Although he insists on his innocence, the evidence is reason enough for the judge to sentence him to two life sentences in Shawshank State Prison. Upon entering he realizes how harsh the environment is, the guards spare no effort in disciplining the inmates with the cruelest methods, especially the boss, Byron Hadley. This regime of terror has the approval of the prison warden, Samuel Norton. During the first few months, Dufresne befriends the prison smuggling kingpin, Red, and commissions a hammer for carving stones from him. He spends his time and his strength defending himself against the constant harassment of a gang of rapists known as "the sisters", led by Bogs Diamond. Two years later, he is selected along with Red to repair the roof of one of the prison buildings, and while doing his job, he overhears Hadley complaining about a tax mess caused by an inheritance received from her brother. of the. He offers to help him and thus begins to gain the trust of the staff, including the warden. This fact makes him free from the pressure of "the sisters", because Bogs is invalid after