The Unforgettable Movie

The Unforgettable: The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is one of the most referenced films by filmmakers. It is such esteemed for different reasons. To some, it is the story structure. But to others, it is the story itself— its impact. The latter obviously favoured something deeper than the combination of arts and performances in the masterpiece: the redemptive undertone seemed to have struck the right chord in them.

Released about 3 decades ago, humanity appears to have never outgrown the resounding core of the 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont: The classic is based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) —a banker, who, despite his innocence claims, is sentenced to life imprisonment in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover.


Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man’s unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red.—J-S-Golden


In 1947, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a banker in Maine, is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, a golf pro. Since the state of Maine has no death penalty, he is given two consecutive life sentences and sent to the notoriously harsh Shawshank Prison. Andy keeps claiming his innocence, but his cold and calculating demeanor leads everyone to believe he did it. Read More

Directed byFrank Darabont
Screenplay byFrank Darabont
Based onRita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
by Stephen King
Produced byNiki Marvin
StarringTim RobbinsMorgan FreemanBob GuntonWilliam SadlerClancy BrownGil BellowsJames Whitmore
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited byRichard Francis-Bruce
Music byThomas Newman
Castle Rock Entertainment
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release datesSeptember 10, 1994 (TIFF)September 23, 1994 (United States)
Running time142 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million[2]
Box office$73.3 million

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