Movie The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Watched 20100722 (Netflix, Instant) 142 min.
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Frank Darabont. 142 min. [aft novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen King]

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins)
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I had no idea what I was in for when starting this movie. That is to say, I only knew from the cover that it had Morgan Freeman in it. Well, I had heard of the film title before, knew it was a good movie, and just figured I'd enjoy watching it.

'Red' (Morgan Freeman)
Good thing I did, because it was a great movie. In particular, I also enjoyed the narration (by Morgan Freeman).

The movie is based on Stephen King's Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. Comparing the book's plot summary with the movie's plot, I found the movie had changed some details from the book while retaining the essentials.

The ending would have been better if it were left just a bit more open ended.

In any case, Freeman's role in this movie was much larger than his role in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). As such, this movie benefited much more from his excellent acting. Part of it might just be the way he carries himself and part of it might just be his voice.

I don't know, there isn't anything in particular I can say about this movie except that, overall, I liked it; it was a well balanced movie.

Remark: This movie adds to the list of Morgan Freeman movies I've seen.

Poster of Rita Hayworth
It places Morgan Freeman up there with my list of favorite actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, and Jack Nicholson. I haven't seen a Tom Hanks movie in a while, but if I did, I'm guessing he'd be on the list. I'd put comedy actors in a separate category and I'd include Will Ferrell and Steve Carell.

:The score was composed by Thomas Newman.
:"Gilda" Clip*

Brooks Hatlen (James Whitmore)
:For the three posters, the movie lists the poster, who it was photographed by, and then who it was licensed by:
Rita Hayworth* Poster, Marilyn Monroe Poster, Raquel Welch Poster
:Archie Comic Book
:Filmed on Location in Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About a week or two ago my friend and I were talking about movies that are mostly one-shot movies. Because once you know the ending, it's not quite the same.

Tommy (Gil Bellows)
I didn't remember that this was the case with this movie until my friend pointed it out.

*I didn't see any Rita Hayworth movies prior to watching this movie, but since then I've seen Only Angels Have Wings (1939) where she is the supporting actress.

Although my intention was to snap a couple of screenshots for this old blog post, I ended up watching the entire movie. To start, the plot is amazing.

Warden Norton (Bob Gunton)
But a story also needs to be told in the right way and the movie delivers on that front, because I absolutely enjoyed the flow of the movie.

Whether due to a subtle change in character, a random change in mood, or a random decision made at the time of writing, today I welcomed the more concrete ending. While the plot would have been interesting had it stopped at various points throughout the ending, the way it ended was excellent.

Instant Comments:
"Brooks was here."

Heywood (foreground, William Sadler)

What a bold move to play that over the PA. That smile on his face though.
I wanted to stop watching, but the story was so griping.
Two months in solitary!

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