Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1994. Castle Rock Entertainment. Screenplay by Frank Darabont, based on the short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. Cinematography by Roger Deakins. Produced by Niki Marvin. Music by Thomas Newman. Production Design by Terence Marsh. Costume Design by Elizabeth McBride. Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce.
Powerful drama based on the short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. Tim Robbins innocently goes to prison for the murder of his wife and befriends a battle-scarred jail veteran (Morgan Freeman) who teaches him a thing or two about life on the inside. Freeman thinks that it is Robbins’ good nature that keeps him quietly working hard at the labour prison for as many years as they’re in together, having no idea that his friend has been plotting a break for a very long time. Roger Deakins’s rich cinematography and Thomas Newman’s gorgeous score accentuate every movement in the film perfectly without ever overstepping the mark. The centre of the storm, however, is Freeman’s beautiful work: his subtle delivery and powerful eyes combine to make one of the best performances ever committed to the screen.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Morgan Freeman); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing; Best Sound; Best Original Score
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Actor-Drama (Morgan Freeman); Best Screenplay