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The Shawshank Redemption

1994 Crime, Drama


Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- in...

Directed by

Frank Darabont

Written by

Frank Darabont (Writer)
Stephen King (Novel)
Pete von Sholly (Storyboard)


142 minutes


United States of America




Tim Robbins
as Andy Dufresne
Morgan Freeman
as Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
Bob Gunton
as Warden Samuel Norton
Clancy Brown
as Captain Byron T. Hadley
Mark Rolston
as Bogs Diamond
James Whitmore
as Brooks Hatlen
Gil Bellows
as Tommy
William Sadler
as Heywood


Oscar nomination for Best Picture Niki Marvin

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role Morgan Freeman

Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Frank Darabont

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography Roger Deakins


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#381 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#72 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

#4 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire