The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman star in Frank Darabont's 1994 adaptation of Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. After being sentenced to life in prison for the alleged murder of his wife, Robbins' Andy Dufresne learns the value of hope, persistence, and true friendship as he befriends kindhearted convicts like Freeman's "Red" Redding and uses his wits to expose the secret crimes of Bob Gunton's cruel penitentiary warden Samuel Norton.

Release Date:
October 14, 1994
Frank Darabont
William Sadler, Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, Morgan Freeman
142 minutes
Frank Darabont
$25 million
Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
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