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«The Shawshank Redemption» is a 1994 American drama film directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The film is based on the novella «Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption» by Stephen King.

The film follows the story of Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a young man who is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover. Andy is sent to Shawshank State Penitentiary, where he befriends Ellis Boyce (Freeman), a fellow inmate.

Over the years, Andy and Ellis form a close friendship and work together to make the best of their situation. Andy uses his financial skills to help the prison guards and the warden, and in return, he is given special privileges and tasks that allow him to create a sense of normal life within the prison.

Despite the harsh realities of prison life, Andy and Ellis remain hopeful and determined to one day regain their freedom. When a new inmate, Tommy Williams (Gil Bellows), arrives at Shawshank and reveals information that could potentially exonerate Andy, the two friends embark on a plan to break out of prison and clear Andy’s name.

«The Shawshank Redemption» was a commercial and critical success and has become a cultural phenomenon. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Freeman, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.

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