The Shawshank Redemption: One Of The Greatest Movies Ever, Celebrates 26 Years Of Release

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The Shawshank Redemption: One Of The Greatest Movies Ever, Celebrates 26 Years Of Release
The Shawshank Redemption

Some movies are not appreciated in their time, yet they end up transcending time and generations and go on to become one of the best movies ever. Snubbed at the Oscars and given very little appreciation when it was first released, The Shawshank Redemption is one such movie.

During these dark and uncertain pandemic driven times, it is of utmost importance to hold on to the one thing that keeps human beings driven and focused - hope. The Shawshank Redemption spreads the message of hope, courage, and never giving up in times of severe adversity. 

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The 1994 American drama movie, written and directed by Frank Darabont, is widely considered to be one of the greatest movies ever. It is the highest-rated movie on IMDB with a rating of 9.3. The movie is based on Stephen King's novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption: One Of The Greatest Movies Ever, Celebrates 26 Years Of Release

Released 26 years ago today, The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of a banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murders of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, contraband smuggler Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), and becomes instrumental in a money-laundering operation led by the prison warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton).

What follows is an incredible story of hope and triumph and justice finally being served for a person wrongfully accused of murder. It gives us a message of brotherhood and sticking together with your brothers in times of sheer adversity. The brotherly affection between Andy and Red and the dialogues the two deliver throughout the movie, mesmerize the audience and keep them completely engrossed in such a dramatic movie. 

The Shawshank Redemption: One Of The Greatest Movies Ever, Celebrates 26 Years Of Release

The story takes place between 1946 and 1967, unfolding inside the cold, cruel walls of Shawshank State Penitentiary. A place of corruption and violence that at first threatens to break Andy’s sense of self completely.

Indeed, The Shawshank Redemption is a timeless tale of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. It’s a reminder that, even under the direst of circumstances, friendship can still be transformative.

The Shawshank Redemption: One Of The Greatest Movies Ever, Celebrates 26 Years Of Release

 In a conversation with his friend Red, Andy says “Fear can hold you, prisoner. Hope can set you free. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies.” This quote has become a classic ever since.

The Shawshank Redemption remains the undisputed king of movies and during these dark and uncertain times, people seek out such movies to find solace and develop hope. 

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