Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
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.
Directed by Frank Darabont
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