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Edit Inbanker Andy Dufresne Tim Robbins is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover at his house, and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at Shawshank State Penitentiary.
Andy quickly befriends contraband smuggler Ellis "Red" Redding Morgan Freemanan inmate serving a life sentence. Red procures a rock hammer for Andy, allowing him to create small stone chess pieces. Red later gets him a large poster of Rita Hayworth, followed in later years by images of Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch.
Andy works in the prison laundry, but is regularly assaulted by the "bull queer" gang "the Sisters" and their leader, Bogs Mark Rolston.
InAndy overhears the brutal chief guard Byron Hadley Clancy Brown complaining about taxes on a forthcoming inheritance and informs him about a financial loophole.
After another vicious assault by the Sisters nearly kills Andy, Hadley severely beats Bogs resulting in Bogs being sent to another prison.
Andy is not attacked again. Warden Samuel Norton Bob Gunton meets with Andy and reassigns him to the prison library to assist elderly inmate Brooks Hatlen James Whitmorea pretext for Andy to manage financial duties for the prison. His advice and expertise are soon sought by other guards at Shawshank and from nearby prisons.
Andy begins writing weekly letters to the state government for funds to improve the decrepit library. InBrooks is freed on parole, but unable to adjust to the outside world after 50 years in prison, he hangs himself.
Andy receives a library donation that includes a recording of The Marriage of Figaro.
He plays an excerpt over the public address system, resulting in his receiving solitary confinement. After his release, Andy explains that he holds onto hope as something that the prison cannot take from him, but Red dismisses the idea.
InNorton begins exploiting prison labor for public works, profiting by undercutting skilled labor costs and receiving kickbacks. He has Andy launder the money using the alias "Randall Stephens".
InTommy Williams Gil Bellows is incarcerated for burglary. Inafter hearing the details of Andy's case, Tommy reveals that an inmate at another prison claimed responsibility for an identical murder, suggesting Andy's innocence. Andy approaches Norton with this information, but the warden refuses to listen.
Norton places Andy in solitary confinement and has Hadley murder Tommy, under the guise of an escape attempt. Andy refuses to continue with the scam, but Norton threatens to destroy the library and take away his protection and preferential treatment. After Andy is released from solitary confinement, he tells Red of his dream of living in Zihuatanejo, a Mexican Pacific coastal town.
While Red shrugs it off as being unrealistic, Andy instructs him, should he ever be freed, to visit a specific hayfield near Buxton to retrieve a package.
The next day at roll call, upon finding Andy's cell empty, an irate Norton throws one of Andy's rocks at the poster of Raquel Welch hanging on the wall. The rock tears through the poster, revealing a tunnel that Andy had dug with his rock hammer over the previous two decades.
The previous night, Andy escaped through the tunnel and the prison's sewage pipe with Norton's ledger, containing details of the money laundering.The Shawshank Redemption () - Frank Darabont. See more What others are saying "The shawshank redemption hope essays In the film "The Shawshank Redemption" the prevalent theme seemed to be the effect of hope in bleak circumstances.
The Shawshank Redemption Watch Trailer After the murder of his wife, hotshot banker Andrew Dufresne is sent to Shawshank Prison, where the usual unpleasantness occurs. Frank Darabont's film "The Shawshank Redemption" () is a deep meaningful representation of friendship within a prison.
It shows us how hope can be encountered in a dark and deceitful place, how both literal and figurative walls trap Andy. To the end, Darabont uses symbolism in his description of setting, in his use of camera angles and lighting. Film title: The Shawshank Redemption Keywords: Hope, despair, freedom, imprisonment, salvation Tagline(s): Fear can hold you prisoner.
Hope can set you free. Director: Frank Darabont Screenplay: Frank Darabont, based on 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption', a short story by Stephen King. 'Shawshank' Secrets Revealed: Frank Darabont, Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman Reveal All at 20th Anniversary Screening.
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