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FILM COMPARISON Shawshank Redemption and Murder in the First are two eminently engaging films about corrupt prisons and issues such as brutality occurring within the walls The Shawshank Redemption is a compelling film about two imprisoned convicted murderers Andy Dufresne Tim Robbins is innocent however Convicted of killing his wife and her lover a crime for which he clearly had a strong motive he really didnt do Of course as his jailbird friend Red Morgan Freeman puts it Everybody in here is innocent Well Red is the only guilty man in Shawshank Prison As their friendship develops Andy learns the ropes of prison Meanwhile the warden Bob Gunton decides that Andy a well- educated former banker could carry out something more useful than laundry So he places Andy as the prison librarian and later as his an accountant he does taxes for all the jails employees Andy also assists the warden in money scams as he tells Red I was always an honest man - I had to come to jail to become a crook Murder in the First takes a more realistic scenario and engages at a more full on approach Henri Young Kevin Bacon arrived in the prison of Alcatraz after stealing 5 from a food store to feed his young sister Youngs second mistake was an attempted escaped from the inescapable fortress bringing public humiliation to the sadistic associate warden Milton Glenn Gary Oldman In violation of the federal guidelines that mandate 19-day maximums for solitary confinement Glenn orders three years of physical torture and isolation in a black dungeon five feet high No light no water The broken twisted man who emerges three years later immediately murders fellow inmate Rufus McCain the informer who betrayed him and is now on trialChristian Slater portrays the young lawyer assigned to deal with the case as a learning experience thus not expecting to win it As the trial goes on Slater proves to
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