The Shawshank Redemption (Blu-ray Book Packaging)
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A prominent banker unjustly convicted of murder spends many years in the Shawshank prison. He is befriended by a convict who knows the ropes and helps him to cope with the frightning realities of prison life.]]>
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The culmination of this unusual rapport between Andy Dufresne and Red Redding ends with keeping a promise made to an old friend while never dreaming that it will come to be when it was made. The writing in a "half way" room scratched above a table just right for completing a suicide tells yet another story of the difference inspiration can make; one life ends in death because there is no hope, one life goes forward because of the bond between two - provided by only one. And the remembered phrase coming back to give him strength - "Get busy living, or get busy dying."
The visuals and audio during this finale are what make it so fine; more poignant than any dialogue. Determined to keep his promise to his friend made while in prison, (almost as a deathbed promise) Red goes to the fragrant hay fields of Buxton seeking the rock wall and what is buried beneath by Andy. As he descends from an old red farm truck that has given him a ride to the area, it as though he has entered another world, one tranquil and peaceful; gravel crunching under his feet as he walks in the hot summer sun; corn and hay fields, bird voices, dense green foliage; untroubled life and sound is everywhere; and at long last the old rock wall that holds his salvation buried there.
Now for the actual review: *******There will be spoilers although I'm going to try not to do too much*******
This movie takes place in the 1940's and chronicles the struggle of Andy Dufresne's (Tim Robbins) life sentence in Shawshank prison. In the first scene we witness Andy in the courtroom being cross examined for the double murder of his wife and her lover. Throughout his explanation, we see his words transformed into scenes depicting his time prior to the murder and what he says actually happened. Unfortunately for Andy, his words are lost on the jury and the Judge sentences him to two consecutive life sentences (one for each victim).
We get our first look inside Shawshank as Red (Morgan Freeman) and some other cons are placing bets on the incoming prisoners. Each time a bus shows up, bets are placed on which convict will be the first to "crack". After scanning the crew, Red puts all his chips on Andy. A move that will unfortunately leave him 2 packs of smokes lighter the next morning. During the night as the other prisons put pressure on the newbies, we discover just how brutal this prison can be as we are fully introduced to Captain Hadley (Clancy Brown).
As time passes by, Andy begins his desire to return to a former hobby of his,....polishing and shaping rocks. He learns that Red is the "go to" for smuggling in such items, so he introduces himself. He and Red quickly form a friendship and so sets the stage for the rest of the movie.
Andy quickly falls into a routine filled with both good times and bad (dealing with the other "not so friendly" inmates). The monotony is finally broken when Andy reveals himself a most useful "employee" by giving some helpful advice to Captain Hadley while tarring a roof. Hadley then introduces Andy to Warden Norton (Bob Gunton), who finds Andy a more suitable "job" than his current, working in laundry. He sends Andy to work with librarian, Brooks Hatlen (James Whitmore). After learning about his former job as a Bank President and his help with Captain Hadley's "problem", the prison guards begin to come to Andy for financial advice and eventually help with their taxes. As time passes Andy begins helping Warden Norton launder money through several different programs the Warden sets up. (all while maintaining his innocence)
As the years go by, several things have changed at the prison. Inmates have been released (Brookes) and new ones have arrived. (Tommy - Gil Bellows). During this time, Andy has been busy building the new "Brooks Hatlen Memorial Library", which is considered "the finest prison library this side of the Mississippi". Tommy hears that Andy has helped some inmates get their high school diplomas, so he approaches Andy for help. During this time Tommy learns of Andy's past and reveals something he's learned during his stay's at various prisons in his lifetime. With this new information in hand, Andy goes directly to Warden Norton for help, but is, instead, refused. Andy explains the situation, which only angers the warden and as punishment, is thrown into solitary confinement for a month (which is then extended to two months). During his time in the hole, Andy learns that Tommy has, in deed, passed his high school equivalency test (with a C+ average). By the time Andy gets out, Tommy is no longer in the prison and time continues.....
At this point, Andy has had enough and decides his time in the jail has come to an end. He approaches Heywood (William Sadler) on the loading docks and asks for a 6' length of rope. Without thinking, Heywood gives him the rope and goes about his business. When Red learns of this, he can't sleep and spends the whole night worrying. The next morning every prisoner is accounted for,...except Andy. When the guards rush to his cell to find out what's taking him so long, they not only realize the existing problem, but are then faced with one MUCH, MUCH worse!
I REALLY don't want to ruin this movie for the few people still left that haven't seen it. It is, in my opinion, the greatest ending ever! The best thing about the movie is not only does it have the perfect ending, but it actually explains how the ending is accomplished. Without the original story by Stephen King, we wouldn't have had the movie adaptation. So, if you get the chance to read the book, you should definitely do so!