Taut and thrilling, this exemplary tale of hope, loss, friendship, loyalty focuses on the fluctuating fortunes in the life of Andy Dufresne, a young and successful banker from Maine. His whole life is turned upside down when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover.
Set in the 1940's, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner. Will Andy, who has had no criminal background and lead a life of luxury, be able to take the terrors and hardship piled upon him in the harsh environment of the prison? Can he ever find a way to prove his innocence and breathe free air once more?
Did you know?
In the scene with Andy arriving in the library as Brooks' assistant while Brooks' crow Jake is squawking, Tim Robbins had to time his line, "Hey, Jake. Where's Brooks?", so that the crow wouldn't squawk over him since the bird could not be trained to squawk on cue. Robbins was able to adapt to this and time his line perfectly by learning the bird's squawking patterns, for which Director Frank Darabont praised him. Robbins' improvisation is noticeable as he watches the bird carefully while approaching it, waiting for it to squawk, and doesn't begin his line until after it does so. Read More