6. 'The Shawshank Redemption'
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Hollywood owes a lot to Stephen King — and not just for paranormal gore
fests. One of the most beloved movies of all time, "The Shawshank Redemption,"
is based on a novella he wrote (and it's one of two terrific prison movies based
on his work — "The Green Mile," by the same writer-director (Frank Darabount),
is the other).
On its face, the story doesn't sound all that special. A banker is wrongly
convicted of killing his wife and her lover. He goes to jail, makes a good
friend, deals with various forms of mistreatment ... which is perhaps why the
movie didn't succeed at the box office.
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But the bond that develops between Andy Dufresne, the wrongly convicted
banker played by Tim Robbins, and Red, his best friend (Morgan Freeman), is one
of the more moving on-screen depictions of friendship and its redemptive powers.
Andy is also a compelling hero whose talents both endear and endanger him.
The ending of this movie is so good that if your heart isn't soaring, you
should probably check that it's still there. No wonder it's one of the
highest-grossing movie rentals ever.
Stephen King readers might recognize Andy Dufresne's appearance in another
King novella, "Apt Pupil." In this one, Dufresne handles a Nazi's investments.
The Shawshank Prison also appears in several of his stories and books. —
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(Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman in "The Shawshank