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Film: The Shawshank Redemption

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Uplifting. That’s a word you don’t usually associate with the writings of Stephen King. And it’s not often you associate that word with prison movies, either. But The Shawshank Redemption is a different kind of movie in a lot of ways. A lot of great ways.

You know a movie has been perfectly cast when you can’t imagine anyone else playing the characters. Tim Robbins was born to play Andy Dufresne, and Morgan Freeman is at the peak of his skills as fellow inmate Red.

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The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Academy Awards. It won none. It lost Best Picture to a little something called Forrest Gump. Tom Hanks also took the Best Actor award that in most years might have gone to Morgan Freeman. But readers of the Web site have a different opinion. Right now Shawshank is number one, not just for 1995, but all-time. That’s right, it’s currently the popular choice as the best movie ever.

The movie’s final scene, which I won’t divulge to avoid being a spoiler, is one of my very favorite movie moments. And yes, I’m a sucker for happy endings, I’ll reveal that much. If you’re one of the few who’ve never seen this film, watch it this weekend. I mean it. You’ll thank me.


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  1. Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction….and two other movies. Had I been an Academy member, that might have been the toughest Best Picture decision in Oscar history. And you know what? I’m still not sure what I would’ve chosen. That’s a good dilemma to have.

  2. Oh my gosh, I COMPLETELY agree! Folks, if you haven’t seen this movie you absolutely have to do it right away. I mean it…..log off the computer, get in the car, and go rent it right now.

    My husband and I stop to watch it every time it’s on TV, plus we own it, too! There are so many great characters and really amazing actors in this movie. I had no idea it lost the Academy award to Forrest Gump. BTW…the other two nominees for Best Picture were “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Quiz Show”.

  3. Yes. One of my favorite movies, as well. Perfect ending!