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The Shawshank Redemption

Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
4 / 5
Times Seen:
Viewing Date:
February 2003
IMDB Name:
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Frank Darabont
MPAA Rating:
R for language and prison violence.


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Missed Opportunity

Back in my college days, I helped sell concessions at on-campus movies. The Shawshank Redemption was shown on a weeknight as a special preview. It was my option to stay and watch the film between the concession sales at the beginning and the clean-up afterward, but I had too much homework. I don't think I got any homework done. Everyone emerging from the theater was expressing joy at having seen such a wonderful movie. Darn.

Warm Fuzzy

The Shawshank Redemption is a film that gets away with murder. I remember being spellbound when I first saw it on home video. Everything about it seemed wonderful. Now I've seen it on a big screen, and with more of a critic's sensibilities, and I'm a bit less enthralled. Shawshank still has some excellent drama, especially in the bit about Brooks on the outside. The disappointing part is Gil Bellows as Tommy.

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