My Old Addiction

The Shawshank Redemption


(out of 5)

Powerful drama based on the short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.   innocently goes to prison for the murder of his wife and befriends a battle-scarred jail veteran () 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.

Castle Rock Entertainment

USA, 1994

Directed by

Screenplay by Frank Darabont, based on the short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Morgan Freeman)
Best Screenplay (Frank Darabont)


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