• JeffC

    Couple a days ago a youngish white kid put up a pretty decent impersonation of these lines.


  • Super Soul

    Boxy is beautiful?

  • DiscoNap

    I imagine Morgan Freeman’s Oscar path is very much how Viola Davis’ will go, not that he ever had quite the heat she did this year until he finally won.

  • kirenaj

    Some actors just should have Oscars; Morgan Freeman is one of them, and I think he won in the right category. Others just feel wrong; Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock are the types of actresses who at best should win supporting actress for a comedic part, not best actress (it would also be nice if they won for being good at acting and not just being movie stars).

  • arispil

    This film is almost a religious experience to me every time I watch it. It is sublime in every way. Without a doubt, my favorite film of all time.

  • Movie Watcher

    Another example where a movie from a King book was better than the book. This and the Shining.

  • arispil

    The Shining movie was better than the book? I have to disagree there. The book was about more than a haunted house. While I LOVE Kubrick’s films, and have seen Shining at least 100 times, in no way does it surpass the terror I felt reading the book.

  • Rashad

    This movie is good, but I honestly don’t get where the “all time great” stuff comes from.

  • reverent and free

    Ah the early to mid 90s, when we got multiple period piece dramas a year. These days we’re lucky to get even one Road to Perdition or Public Enemies every couple years.

  • Raising_Kaned

    I’ll be the asshole to say it here (well, every site has one) — this movie suuuuuuuucks.

  • Ray

    The absolute BEST thing about Shawshank was how everyone completely dismissed it, allowing the rest of the world to discover it on their own. 50 million people renting it on VHS or DVD or catching it on cable and discovering HOLY CRAP IS THIS FILM AMAZING HOW DID IT NOT WIN ANYTHING????

    True classic, and all the SMART movie critics that tell us stupid ignorant people what we should love got it completely utterly EMBARRASSINGLY wrong.

    Love the sleeper classics.

  • Ray

    Sigh…. Kaned, I like you, so I’ll leave you to your opinion. I’m sure you love a movie that ***I*** think sucks, fair is fair.

    But……. REALLY???

  • Rashad

    These days we’re lucky to get even one Road to Perdition or Public Enemies every couple years.

    This is nonsense. There are a bunch every year.

  • Mgmax, le Corbeau

    I saw Shawshank when it came out and have never had the need to revisit it. For someone who believes that the prison genre is by definition a noir genre, the very fact that it’s such a feelgood favorite is to me why it’s just not a great prison movie– Anthony Lane said “There’s something wrong with any prison movie that ends on a beach,” and I would add, “or where most of the plot turns on devising tax shelters.”

    Before you respond, please watch the following, then I will take your response seriously:

    Five Prison Movies That Make Shawshank Their Bitch

    5. Le Trou

    4. Brute Force

    3. Birdman of Alcatraz

    2. Escape From Alcatraz

    1. A Man Escapes

  • 4u

    I think it suck!!!!!!

  • Raising_Kaned

    I exaggerate, of course — I don’t really think it’s that bad…it’s just that I don’t really like the “sleeper” tag attached to Shawshank — it was directed by Frank Darabont and starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Sleeper?? Yeah, it only cost $25 million, but Ed Wood cost less — and Pulp Fiction only cost like a third of that — so when I see it referred to in those terms, I don’t even really understand what the hell that means, really.

    Don’t really care for the Dufresne character, either — portrayed as too saintly for my tastes..and the prison guards too one-dimensionally villainous. Annoying.

    In addition to the list of prison films Mgmax threw up there, I would also add — off the top of my head (so yes, some of them here are probably going to stretch the definition)

    Cool Hand Luke


    Midnight Express


    A Prophet

    Prison on Fire

    Dead Man Walking

    Bad Boys

    I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

    Ernest Goes to Jail (I keed)

  • Raising_Kaned

    And I’m using EW and PF in my comparison above because I often hear it referred to as “underrated” or “robbed” in an Oscar sense — I think people forget that ’94 was a pretty fucking competitive year for good cinema (again, those are just a couple titles that sprung to mind…not to mention NBK, which is AMAZING, but a pretty fucking far sight from an Academy Award “contender”).

  • Captain EO


    Unlike unwarrented attacks, disagreement certainly isn’t cornhollish, so you don’t rate the a-hole stamp here. Especially since I disagree with your statement that SR “suuuuuucks”. It’s one of my all-time favs for many reasons…

  • ” These days we’re lucky to get even one Road to Perdition or Public Enemies every couple years.

    This is nonsense. There are a bunch every year. ”

    I totally agree. It makes no sense and it is incorrect!

  • Rachel Anderson

    This is a good movie. I like the lessons you received from this movie. Good concept as well. – James Stuckey

  • Morgan Freeman did a fantastic acting in this movie he should be given oscar

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