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The Shaw Shank Redemption The Shaw Shank Redemption is a movie about time patience and loyalty It is about how two men serving life sentences in prison become friends and find a way to fight off despair The film itself reflects the slow passage of the decades When they put you in that cell Red says when those bars slam home thats when you know its for real Old life blown away in the blink of an eye Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it The story is narrated by Red Redding who has been inside Shaw Shank prison form many years One day he and his fellow inmates watch the latest busload of prisoners unload and they make bets on who will cry during their first night in prison and who will not Red bets on a guy named Andy who looks like a babe in the woods But Andy does not cry and Red loses the cigarettes he wagered Andy turns out to be a surprise to everyone in Shaw Shank because within he holds a powerful quality of determination and strength that nothing seems to be able to break Andy was a banker on the outside and hes in for murder Hes apparently innocent and there are all sorts of details involving his case but after a while they take on a kind of unreality all that counts inside prison is its own society Red is also a lifer From time to time he goes up in front of the parole board and they measure the length of his term 20 years 30 years and ask him if he thinks he has been rehabilitated Oh most surely yes he replies but the fire goes out of his assurances as the years march past and there is the sense that he has been institutionalized prisonization- that like another old lifer Brooks who kills
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