Shawshank Redemption, The

Lists: Drama, Crime / Heist, Great escape, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1990 to 1999

Brief Synopsis: "Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope."

Overall Ranking: 1 (Rank from 1994: # 1)

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Ratings Breakdown
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Buttery 100%
Regular 0%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Pete B100 - Stellar performances all around, a great story and superb music that ties it all together nicely. It's a timeless classic.
Carrie B100
Patrick Devitt100
Danny M100
Dan Fogarty - Fogs Movie Reviews100(full review)
Cut The Crap Movie Reviews by Aiden R100(full review)
Dan O'Neill100(full review)
Sir M Hayes XIV100 - Pacing. Story. Acting. I can't think of a flaw. Plus its a 3 hour movie that flies by, and does so without explosioins or car chases or special effects.
J Patterson100
Morgan On Media97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin97(full review)
Gorgon Reviews97
Rob from GuysFilmQuest97
CinemaVisitor Erik95
Josh of Classicblanca94
J Collins90
Today I Watched A Movie90(full review)
Rich Alejandro90 - If it's on, I'm watching it. In an odd way, it's a true friendship story.
Adam Shaftoe90
Jay of Life Vs Film90(full review)
Thomas Pollock90
Bryan Lienesch89 - It's a powerful tale about friendship, but the life-is-what-you-make-it story is heavily sugarcoated for a film that takes place primarily in a cruel prison.

People Involved

  • Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne)
  • Morgan Freeman (Ellis Boyd Red Redding)
  • Bob Gunton (Warden Samuel Norton)
  • William Sadler (Heywood)
  • Clancy Brown (Captain Byron T. Hadley)
  • Gil Bellows (Tommy)
  • Mark Rolston (Bogs Diamond)
  • James Whitmore (Brooks Hatlen)
  • Renee Blaine (Andy Dufresnes Wife)
  • Brian Delate (Guard Dekins)
  • Brian Libby (Floyd)
  • Jeffrey DeMunn (1946 D.A.)
  • Larry Brandenburg (Skeet)
  • Neil Giuntoli (Jigger)
  • David Proval (Snooze)
  • Joseph Ragno (Ernie)
  • Jude Ciccolella (Guard Mert)
  • Paul McCrane (Guard Trout)
  • Scott Mann (Glenn Quentin)
  • John Horton (1946 Judge)
  • Gordon Greene (1947 Parole Hearings Man)
  • Alfonso Freeman (Fresh Fish Con)
  • V.J. Foster (Hungry Fish Con)
  • John E. Summers (New Fish Guard)
  • Frank Medrano (Fat Ass)
  • Mack Miles (Tyrell)
  • Alan R. Kessler (Laundry Bob)
  • Morgan Lund (Laundry Truck Driver)
  • Cornell Wallace (Laundry Leonard)
  • Gary Lee Davis (Rooster)
  • Neil Summers (Pete)
  • Ned Bellamy (Guard Youngblood)
  • Joe Pecoraro (Projectionist)
  • Harold E. Cope Jr. (Hole Guard)
  • Don McManus (Guard Wiley)
  • Donald Zinn (Moresby Batter)
  • (Director)
  • (Director)
  • Frank Darabont (Director)