Frank Darabont இயக்கிய The Shawshank Redemption என்ற இத்திரைப்படம் முழுக்க முழுக்க
சிறை வாழ்க்கையை அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்ட படம். இப்படத்தைப் பார்த்தவுடன்
ஸ்பீல்பெர்க் இப்படத்தின் இயக்குனரை தன் திரைக்கதை இலாக்காவின் தலைவராக நியமித்ததாக
முன்பு ஒரு குறிப்பு பத்திரிகையில் படித்தேன். எனில் இப்படத்தின் சிறப்பைப் பற்றிச் சொல்ல
வேண்டியதில்லை. படத்தின் ஒவ்வொரு காட்சியும் வெகு கவனத்துடன் செதுக்கப்பட்டிருக்கும். இத்திரைப்படத்தின் பாதிப்பு இல்லாத இளம் இயக்குனர்கள்
குறைவு என்றே சொல்லலாம். இப்படத்தைப் பார்த்தப் பிறகு ஒர் இனம்புரியா மகிழ்ச்சியும்
தன்னம்பிக்கையும் கிடைத்ததை உணர்ந்தேன்.
In 1947, banker Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover based on strong circumstantial evidence and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at the notorious Shawshank Prison in Maine. Days later, prison inmate Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding appears before the Shawshank Prison Parole Board who reject his parole. Red emerges onto the prison yard in time to witness the arrival of new inmates at the prison gates, including Andy Dufresne. Following an ominous and intimidating introduction by Warden Samuel Norton and Chief Prison Guard Captain Byron Hadley, Andy and the other new inmates are deloused and shuffled to their cells. One of the prisoners breaks down in his cell. Captain Hadley yanks the prisoner from his cell and beats him unconscious, inflicting injuries that would eventually kill the new inmate.Andy gradually becomes acquainted with Red's circle of friends, and specifically Red himself, who is known as a clever supplier among his fellow inmates, especially for contraband. Andy approaches Red and orders from him a rock hammer so as to pursue his hobby of rock collecting. A friendship develops between the two men. Andy initially works in the prison laundry where he is harassed and frequently raped by a group of sadistic inmates known as "The Sisters." One night during a film screening, Andy asks Red for a Rita Hayworth poster.
One day, Andy's knowledge of finance enables him to set up a tax shelter for Captain Hadley. Andy is re-appointed to assist Brooks Hatlen in the prison library, his first instance of preferential treatment. Andy sets up a makeshift office to provide tax and financial services to a growing number of guards and his "clientele" grows to include the entire prison staff, guards from other prisons and even Warden Norton. When Andy is once again accosted and brutalized by The Sisters as he leaves the theater, the prison guards commit vigilante punishment against the Sisters' leader. It becomes clear that they are now protecting Andy from mistreatment. The leader of The Sisters is permanently hospitalized from a brutal act of retribution by Captain Hadley, and Andy is never again victimized by inmates.
Andy also begins to write to the Maine Senate for funds to improve the library. Andy and Red find a distraught and hostile Brooks holding a knife to Heywood's throat. Brooks' parole has finally been granted and Brooks, who has been in prison since 1905, is so accustomed to prison life that he fears the real world. Outside the walls of Shawshank, Brooks finds nothing but loneliness, isolation, and a dead-end job. He writes a final letter to his friends back at Shawshank before hanging himself in his room at the halfway house.
Warden Samuel Norton capitalizes on Andy's skills and devises a program to put prison inmates to work for local construction projects. His real motive is to profit from corruption in the system and Andy hides the embezzled funds for Norton by creating a fraudulent identity. In the same year, the prison library is extended and Andy begins helping inmates obtain their high school diplomas. A young prisoner named Tommy Williams enters Shawshank in 1965 and tells a story about a previous cellmate that appears to confirm Andy's long-held claim of innocence. Fearing exposure if Andy is set free, Norton has Hadley kill Tommy and sends Andy to solitary confinement. He threatens Andy to force him to continue conspiring with him.
Two months later, Andy is released from solitary confinement. Norton continues to use Andy to channel his illegal gains. Andy returns to the main prison population a seemingly broken man. Out in the yard, Andy gives ominous instructions to Red. Andy's friends are concerned that he may commit suicide, recalling Brooks. The following morning, Andy is missing from his cell, with only a poster of Raquel Welch staring at the Warden who discovers to his shock covers a long escape tunnel that the prisoner was able to secretly dig over the course of years. Warden Norton loses his composure and commits all of his resources to tracking Andy down. Andy is never found.
In a flashback sequence, it is shown that Andy escaped the prison by tunneling through the walls using the rock hammer over a period of 19 years, chipping away at the cement wall with use of the Rita Hayworth poster to cover up his work. He completed his escape by crawling 500 yards through a sewage tunnel. Once he has escaped, Andy assumes the fake identity he created earlier for the purpose of concealing the warden's embezzlements. Wearing Norton's clean suit and shoes, Andy withdraws the funds that he had deposited for Norton over the years. He also sends evidence of the scams to a local newspaper, exposing the warden. Hadley is arrested, reportedly "sobbing like a little girl" as he is taken away, and Norton commits suicide in his office. Soon after, Red is finally released on parole. After trying to cope with life outside prison (being given the same job and apartment Brooks had years earlier), he recalls his promise to Andy shortly before Andy's escape. Red finds money and instructions hidden in a field, and eventually finds Andy in Zihuatanejo on the coast of Mexico.
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Credits and others:
Directed by Frank Darabont
Produced by Niki Marvin
Written by Frank Darabont (screenplay)
Stephen King (original novella)
Starring Tim Robbins
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce
Distributed by -USA-
Warner Bros. Pictures
Rank Film Distributors
Carlton Visual Entertainment
Release date(s) September 10, 1994
Running time 142 minutes