Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption (1994), adapted from Stephen King's novella of the same name and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, tells the story of Robbins' Andy Dufresne. This protagonist is serving two life sentances for his involvement in the double murder of his wife and her lover even though he says that he didn't commit the evil deed and is innocent. While in prison, Dufrensne befriends Freeman's Ellis "Red" Redding and is brought under the protection of the guards after he is used in the warden's money-laundering scheme. The film, in essence, follows Dufrensne's imprisonment.
Some themes of the film include a non-sexual, loving relationship between two men, self-worth, integrity, hopelessness, being free even when in prison, and being true to oneself.
Upon release, the film wasn't widely seen, but received profoud critical acclaim. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards (but did not win an award in any category). The film also received incredibly positive reviews from critics, who called the film dark, well-made, deep, and well-acted, with specific praised being heaped on Freeman for his role as Ellis "Red" Redding. In 2015, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Stephen King has called Shawshank his favorite film that is based on his work.
In the future, Shawshank will most likely be regarded as a classic. Its profound story, incredible direction and writing, and affecting acting make this a celebrated and much-loved film.