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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 15. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

September 17, 2011

15. The Shawshank Redemption (3 Disc) [DVD] (1994)

Plot: Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover.

Set in the 1940’s, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red (Morgan Freeman), the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner.

Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free. (tagline)

Also Starring: Bob GuntonWilliam SadlerClancy BrownGil Bellows
Directed by: Frank Darabont
Written by: Stephen King (short story) Frank Darabont (screenplay)
Length: 142 min
Budget: $25,000,000
Gross Revenue: $58,500,000 (Worldwide)

My Favorite Movie Quote:
Red: Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.

Review: Why won’t moviemakers stop ruining the stories of Stephen King and let Writer and Director Frank Darabont take care of them instead? Then perhaps every Stephen King movie would be as great as this one (and The Mist and The Green Mile).

Yeah, I know that would probably not be the case, and as long as Stephen King allows young filmmakers to purchase the right to film his stories for one dollar, there’s nothing stopping every film nerd jumping on that opportunity.

… wait a minute.. one dollar..? I’m definitely doing that. I just have to figure out what story to do first. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: The role of Andy Dufresne was originally offered to Tom Hanks, who couldn’t accept due to scheduling conflicts with Forrest Gump. Hanks did, however, work on Frank Darabont’s next film, The Green Mile.

Anyway, this movie is currently the no.1 rated movie on IMDb. It’s not that good. I mean, come on, it didn’t even win one Oscar at the 67th Academy Award. Greatest movie ever made..? Even Speed won an Oscar back then. Hey, two actually.

Nope, this movie should be placed 15th, where it belongs.

Oscar Count:
7 Nominations: Best Picture (Niki Marvin), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Frank Darabont), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Morgan Freeman), Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Best Film Editing (Richard Francis-Bruce), Best Music, Original Score (Thomas Newman), Best Sound (Robert J. Litt, Elliot Tyson, Michael Herbick, Willie D. Burton)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 16. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)


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