About

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 -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

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Directed by

Frank Darabont

Written by

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

Runtime

142 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

Cast

Keywords

prison corruption delinquent prison cell escape from prison framed for murder police brutality 1940s wrongful imprisonment parole board

Photos

Lists

#1 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#387 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

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Sound Robert J. Litt Elliot Tyson Michael Herbick

Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing Richard Francis-Bruce

Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Score Thomas Newman

Oscar nomination for Best Picture Niki Marvin