Wrongly accused of a double homicide he didn't commit, a banker named Andy
Dufrense (Tim Robbins) is sent to Shawshank Prison for life. In Prison he befriends Red
(Morgan Freeman) who is able to smuggle things from the outside. He asked Red for a
rockhammer (saying he liked geology). He later asks for a poster. After he befriends the
guards by giving them financial advice, the warden takes an interest in him. Andy builds
a prison library and helps the warden do shady financial scams. One day a newcomer
named Tommy tells Andy that in prison he talked to an inmate Ernie who said he killed a
banker's wife and her boyfriend but that it was framed on Andy. Andy tells the warden
who is skeptical. The Warden then has Tommy shot. Andy doesn't want to help the
warden with his scam anymore but the warden blackmails him into further help by
threatening to destroy the library. One morning, Andy is gone. The Guards search his cell
and eventually find that he dug his way out of the wall with the hammer and hidden the
hole with the poster. This took Andy 12 years for a nearly 20 year job. Andy then takes
the money accumulated from the scam (a bankers salary for 20 years) and leaves town.
The police attempt to arrest the Warden who commits suicide. Red passes his parole
board and reunites with Andy in a Pacific Mexican Town.
Shawshank Redemption is a very unique movie which involves many
different personalities and underlying themes. The personalities of the inmates
are very interesting and when they are combined they create a very cool
plot which looks at prison life in an interesting and different perspective than
one normally thinks. The main characters are Andy Dufrense and Eliss "Red" Redding.
These characters are well complimented by the wise and simple old man, Brooks, and the
evil warden. The personalities of the Shawshank prison combine to form a...