Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption (1994), adapted from Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) that stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. It follows the story of Robbins' Andy Dufresne, a man who is serving two life sentences for his supposed involvement in the double murder of his wife and her lover. The film follows Dufrensne's imprisonment, where he goes through a multitude of events, including befriending Freeman's Ellis "Red" Redding and being brought under the protection of the guards after he is used in the warden's money-laundering scheme.
Some themes of the film include a non-sexual loving relationship, self-worth, integrity, hopelessness, being free even in captivity, and being true to oneself.
Upon release, the film wasn't widely seen, but received profound 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.