Director: Frank Darabont Cinematographer: Roger Deakins
An adaptation of Stephen King’s prison drama that follows banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), and becomes instrumental in a money laundering operation led by the prison warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton). A film that struggled at the box office but grew in reputation thanks to word of mouth. Particularly notable are Freeman’s superb narration and Robbins compelling performance.
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- No. 84 on The Pendragon Society’s 1000 Greatest Films of All-Time (2021)
- Morgan Freeman’s performance as Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding was placed No. 32 on The Pendragon Society’s 100 Greatest Film Acting Performances of All-Time (2019)