Quietly moving, yet startlingly beautiful; Shawshank Redemption is one of those movies that gets better every time that I see it. It was directed by Frank Darabond and based on Stephen King’s first non-horror novel. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins play two convicts serving time in a New England prison named Shawshank in the 1940’s. Tim Robbins plays a man named Andy Dufresne, a banker, who is wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and is sentenced to two life sentences. Andy gradually develops a friendship with a fellow convict by the name of Red (Morgan Freeman) who has a knack for “getting things” for people for the right price. Formerly a banker, Andy gets on the better side of Shawshank’s bible thumping warden by doing his financial consulting and eventually helping him embezzle money from the prison. During his thirty year incarceration Andy slowly burrowed his way out of his cell, hiding the hole in the wall with a poster of Rita Hayworth. One stormy night he finally dug his way through the cell wall and escaped through five hundred yards of sewage pipe. Andy withdrew all of the money from the warden’s accounts and anonymously alerted the press of the corruption at Shawshank. Soon after his escape, Red was released on parole and the two were reunited on a beach in Mexico. There is a scene in the film in which Andy and a few of his cell mates are allowed to leave the confines of the prison on a work detail to tar a roof. While working, Andy can’t help but overhear one of the guards complaining about taxes he has to pay on an inheritance he received. Andy sets down his mop and approaches the guard and is nearly thrown off of the roof. At the last second, Andy informs him that he can keep the money without paying taxes and offers to setup the tax free gift in exchange for three beers a piece for each of his co-workers. The inmates drank the beer while Andy just watched with a strange smile on his face. Morgan Freeman...
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