Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows
Hardened by a life spent and wasted in a state penitentiary, Ellis “Red” Redding’s (Freeman) life is shaken up by the arrival of Andy Dufresne (Robbins), an odd-duck sentenced for killing his wife. Andy is a lot more than he seems. A free-spirit even while imprisoned. But it’s not his redemption the title refers to, it’s Red’s, and Morgan Freeman’s performance is justly venerated. There are a number of incredibly moving scenes, religious allusions abound, but mostly the film (based on a Stephen King novella) is powerful story told simply and confidently.