One of my very favorite films of all time...Teaching lessons of patience and determination the film has lots of surprises and plot twists. Morgan Freeman should have had the Oscar that year instead of Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump in my opinion...

Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins as Red and Andy

On this day in 1994, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, opens in theaters around the United States. Based on a Stephen King short story titled “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.”

The movie followed the story of a man named Andy Dufresne (Robbins) who is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover. Behind bars, Andy forms a friendship with Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (Freeman), a longtime inmate known for his ability to “get things,” or smuggle contraband into the prison. The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Freeman) and Best Picture (it lost to Forrest Gump).

Frank Darabont, who wrote and directed The Shawshank Redemption, also helmed The Green Mile (1999) and The Mist (2007), both of which were based on books by King.

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