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?
Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman and Robert Redford were all considered for the part of Red. In the original novella, Red is a middle-aged Irishman with graying red hair. However, Frank Darabont always had Morgan Freeman in mind for the role because of his authoritative presence, demeanor and deep voice. Read More