The Shawshank Redemption
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.