The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Gunton. It is a drama that takes place in Maine.

This film follows the story of a banker named Andy Dufresne, who is wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. The first man he speaks to in prison is Red. Red is the man who can get just about anything for anyone. For many years Andy gets beaten and sexually abused by a prison gang known as “the Sisters.” He eventually puts this to an end when he helps a prison guard evade his taxes in exchange for beer and beating up the leader of the gang. This causes other prison guards to come to Andy for financial advice, including the prison warden. The warden puts prisoners to work on public projects to force contractors to bribe him so they can continue to profit. The warden uses Andy’s banking skills to launder said money. A new prisoner, Tommy, befriends Andy to help him get a high school diploma. They become close enough to the point where Andy tells him how he was sent to prison. Tommy tells him about someone exactly like Andy which he met at his old prison. Andy tells the warden that this could be the information they need to prove his innocence. The problem is that the warden needs him to handle his banking so he sends him to solitary confinement and murders Tommy.

The costume design in this movie stood out to me because the film itself was set in the 1940s. This means that the costume designers would have to do their research on what prisoners looked like during this time, considering it was what the majority of the people were wearing for the majority of the movie; something I think they pulled off very well.

The set design also helped in the production of this movie. The bulk of the film was in prison, so it is only fitting that they shot this in an actual prison. Though it almost seems like an easy out, it definitely helps with the immersion.

It is one of my all-time favorite movies, so my opinion will only be good things. Not only is it based on a Stephen King book, it has Morgan Freeman as one of the stars so it does not get much better than that. The quality is perfection. It is very immersing, from the clothing to the setting. This is a movie that can be recommended to almost everyone. Even if you are not one to watch too many drama movies, like myself, you can still find this movie quite entertaining.


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