It is 1947 and we are in Maine, a U.S. state.
Andy Dufresne, a brilliant vice president of a Portland bank, is accused of murdering his wife and a golf champion, who was having an affair with the woman. Andy says he is innocent, but the judge sentences him to two life terms.
The man is taken to Shawshank Prison, a penitentiary run by a corrupt public figure and prison guards closely linked to him by interest and fear; the law that prevails is violence against inmates, a violence that can even go so far as unpunished murder.
Initially, Andy remains on the sidelines, suffering aggression even of a sexual nature, defending himself as best he can from an entourage he perceives as hostile. Then, gradually he begins to carve out a role for himself: he befriends Ellis Boyd Redding (Red), helps the head of the guards to resolve a personal fiscal situation, and manages to obtain small gains even to the benefit of other inmates.
Pretty soon Andy comes to the general attention for his generosity and superior cultural level; realizing this is Norton himself, the prison warden, who decides to put Andy’s financial skills at the service of his illegal activities.
As usual, I will stop here with the plot so as not to take away your enjoyment of seeing the film without knowing its story beforehand.
Now, watch the trailer: then I will point out the aspects that I think may be relevant for you.
It is based on Stephen King’s original short story Rita Hayworth and the Redemption of Shawshank, the prison in which it is set.
It is a highly regarded film by critics and the public that offers countless food for thought and the opportunity to observe extremely instructive situations.
Had enough? Good!
I am sure you will see the film more than once…
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