“Zihuatanejo!” The Inspiring Greatness Of “The Shawshank Redemption”!

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“Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

It’s a movie that you can’t turn off….because “no good thing ever dies…”

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Behold The Beauty Of “Zihuatanejo”!

Few times in the history of film has a single film location meant so much to the audience…and if you know what “Zihuatanejo” means, then you know one of the greatest, most intense and uplifting films of all time!

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There are so many great moments in this film – one of the greatest movies ever – and it is easy to forget that it began as a Stephen King novella! Time to explore the majesty of “The Shawshank Redemption!”

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The Shawshank Redemption – Directed by Frank Darabont – released in 1994

Just how beloved is this movie? Well, consider this: the classic British film magazine Empire voted “The Shawshank Redemption” the best movie OF ALL TIME!

There are few movies that have a more satisfying conclusion than this one…

First, a quick recap of the plot: Tim Robbins is Andy Dufresne – a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940’s, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner.

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Morgan Freeman’s narration helps propel the story, and also provides an additional layer of empathy and sadness to the story…like when he watches the new convicts arrive at the prison…


Red: “The first night’s the toughest, no doubt about it. They march you in naked as the day you were born, skin burning and half blind from that delousing shit they throw on you, and when they put you in that cell… and those bars slam home… that’s when you know it’s for real. A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it.”

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Morgan Freeman befriends Andy and narrates the film, including some tough sequences when Andy is set upon by the prison’s sexual predators:


Red: [narrating] “I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that – but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile – prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Andy would show up with fresh bruises. The Sisters kept at him – sometimes he was able to fight ’em off, sometimes not. And that’s how it went for Andy – that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.”

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Yet this brutal scene only serves to make the ultimate “redemption” even more uplifting…

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Interestingly, in Stephen King’s original story, “Red” was written as a white Irishman. In the movie, they left the line, “Maybe it’s ’cause I’m Irish”, in as a joke, even after they had cast Morgan Freeman as “Red.”

Cue Zihuatanejo!

And of course, Zihuatanejo plays a big role in the film, even when they are in prison…


Andy Dufresne: “You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific?
Red: No.
Andy Dufresne: They say it has no memory. That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.”

You don’t want to know anything going into this for the first time, but it plays better every single time I see it…it is without a doubt one of the best movies of all time…

Andy Dufresne: [in letter to Red] “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

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“The Shawshank Redemption” is one of those films that, if you happen upon it while channel surfing, you watch it to the end. Let me know what your favorite scene is!

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8 replies

  1. Missed this somehow. Great appraisal of an excellent film.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I so agree with you. I always loved this movie. I rememeber I went to see it with my parents which was odd for me because I lived in a different city. It must have been a weekend I came home and we decided to go to the movies. I remember wondering, while watching, if my mother was liking it. At the end of the movie, when the lights came up, I turned to my Dad and Mom and will never forget what my mother said “That was a really good movie, what was the name again, the Crankshaft Rebellion?” Thanks John for the memory!

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