The Shawshank Redemption is an American drama film released in 1994. Directed and written by Frank Darabont, the movie stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as two inmates at a fictional prison named Shawshank State Penitentiary. It follows Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a banker who is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and sentenced to life imprisonment for two consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole. During his time in prison, he befriends Ellis "Red" Redding (Freeman), and together they struggle against injustice within the penal system.
The film was highly praised by critics upon its release for its powerful story-telling and acting performances from both Robbins and Freeman. Furthermore, it has become one of the most beloved films ever made due to its themes of hope, friendship, redemption, and criticism of the justice system, as well as its memorable quotes like "Get busy living or get busy dying," which resonated strongly with viewers around the world, making it one of those movies that never gets old even after decades since its first screening. With seven Academy Award nominations, including the Best Picture category, among other awards won, such as five Saturn Awards in 1995, this motion picture is a must-watch classic.