The Inspiring “Shawshank Redemption!” Stephen King’s Novella Is Voted #3 Greatest Film Ever!


“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…”

Time to revisit one of Stephen Kings best novellas – turned into what one magazine called the third greatest film ever!

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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 – 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!

First, let’s watch the trailer, which begins with the great narration by Morgan Freeman:

“They send you here for life…that’s exactly what they take.”

“The Shawshank Redemption” has continued to grow in stature over the years and now routinely ends up on lists of the best films 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 successful banker who 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.


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: “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…in fact, in an Empire magazine poll, “The Shawshank Redemption” was voted the third best film of all time!

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“Shawshank” is one of cinema’s finest moments…and a great adaptation of Author Stephen King…and here’s another one you need to see:

“Doctor Sleep” is the 2019 adaptation of King’s sequel to “The Shining”…and while the film didn’t do that well at the box office, it’s really terrific!

Ewan MacGregor plays “Danny” as a grown up, but he can’t escape “The Shining”…make sure to find the “Director’s Cut” online and watch that – the extra time gives it more texture…see the trailer and more by clicking on my story here:

And dont forget the film that Stephen King seemingly didn’t like:


Well, I have to disagree: this is a perfect film!

Click here to see the trailer and lots of trivia about the making of this horror masterpiece:

Even some of the “lesser” King books have been made into great films:

Yes, even the “killer car” novel “Christine” was a terrific film, thanks to Director John Carpenter…see more about this gem by clicking here:

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Thanks so much for reading!

“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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13 replies

  1. Have you guys ever been to Maine? We used to live there, so it was fun to visit all the places that inspired King.

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  2. Hi John, I’ve read all of these books and seen the movies of Carrie and Shawshank Redemption. I preferred Carrie at the time, but I was young and didn’t appreciate Shawshank as much as I would now.

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  3. One of my all-time favorite movies. Great fact about the Stephen King connection—I wonder if this is common knowledge because I didn’t know it.

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    • HI Pete, a few of King’s best books and movies were written under the name of Richard Bachman. This novella is included in a book called Different Seasons with another famous novella, The Body, which became the movie Stand By Me. The Long Walk and The Running Man were also written under this name and are among my favourite books.

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  4. Shawshank is a great film, though it wouldn’t feature in my own Top 10. I actually prefer The Green Mile as a prison film, and that was also from a King story.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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