The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

  • R
  • 1994
  • 142 min
  • USA
  • drama

Andy Dufresne, a successful banker, is arrested for the murders of his wife and her lover, and is sentenced to life imprisonment at the Shawshank prison. He becomes the most unconventional prisoner.

Director: Frank Darabont

Screenwriter: Frank Darabont

Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton

The Shawshank Redemption is an uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances.


  • Frank Darabont
    Frank Darabont

    Frank Darabont (born January 28, 1959) is a Hungarian-American film director, screenwriter and producer who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe. He was born in France by Hungarian parents who fled Budapest during the 1956 uprising, but the family moved to Los Angeles while he was still an infant. He has directed the films

Main Cast


Producer: Niki Marvin

Editor: Richard Francis-Bruce

Casting: Deborah Aquila

Director Of Photography: Roger Deakins

Original Music Composer: Thomas Newman

Costume Design: Elizabeth McBride

Executive Producer: Liz Glotzer, David V. Lester

Production Design: Terence Marsh

Sound: Bruce Bell, Jack Keller, Willie D. Burton, Elliot Tyson, Michael Herbick, Robert J. Litt


Source: based on a short story by Stephen King

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

Genres: drama

Certificate: R

Categories: framed for murder, prison, friendship, prison guard, tunnel, chessboard, gay rape, wrongful imprisonment, prison escape, accountant, police brutality, corruption, prison cell, 1940s, life imprisonment, prison yard, prison library, banker, life sentence, accountant, bribe, tax return, murder trial, jail, poster, tenacity, librarian, interracial friendship, cheating wife


Year: 1994

Runtime: 142 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital, SDDS

Also Known As

  • Le ali della libertà (IT)
  • Les évadés (FR)
  • Cadena perpetua (ES)
  • Die Verurteilten (DE)
  • Sueños de libertad (AR)
  • Um Sonho de Liberdade (BR)
  • A remény rabjai (HU)
  • Skazani na Shawshank (PL)
  • Os Condenados de Shawshank (PT)
  • En verden udenfor (DK)
  • Frihetens regn (NO)


  • Janet Maslin (New York Times)

    Without a single riot scene or horrific effect, it tells a slow, gentle story of camaraderie and growth, with an ending that abruptly finds poetic justice in what has come before. The writer and director, Frank Darabont, tells this tale with a surprising degree of loving care.

  • Dave Kehr (New York Daily News)

    This is an engagingly simple, good-hearted film, with just enough darkness around the edges to give contrast and relief to its glowingly benign view of human nature.

  • Ian Nathan (Empire Magazine)

    If you don't love Shawshank, chances are you're beyond redemption.

  • Gene Siskel (Chicago Tribune)

    Simply marvelous entertainment.

  • Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

    If the film is perhaps a little slow in its middle passages, maybe that is part of the idea, too, to give us a sense of the leaden passage of time, before the glory of the final redemption.