Consistently at the top of the IMBD Top 250 Films of all time, The Shawshank Redemption is a film based on an original story by Stephen King. It is the stunning first feature by writer/director and three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont. It tells a story filled with tension, drama, and hope. At first glance a prison movie on the life a prisoner faces on the inside, and on the outside once released, the movie addresses deeper issues, such as the complexities of long-term friendships, the courage of conviction, and the inherent need for freedom. It features a stellar cast including Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.
The Storyline: We are in 1946. A bank manager (Tim Robbins), is falsely accused and sentenced to life in Shawshank Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover. His friendship with another "lifer" (Morgan Freeman) and his banking talents regarding tax laws help him survive was he provides tax advice to the prison administrators. It is a most intelligent and understated prison drama, in line with the best Hollywood tradition, with two innovations: the issue of duration (time passing), and social characteristics of the hero (Robbins) who is the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Further, it addresses prison corruption on sometimes shocking levels.
The Shawshank Redemption features a determined protagonist who feels the importance of creating something meaningful in the prisoners' lives while remaining virtually unrelenting in his hopeful optimism, in spite of overwhelming odds.