There was a successful banker whose wife was cheating on him. One day he got drunk, took a gun and in the morning two dead bodies were found: that of his wife and that of his wife’s lover. Evidently, the banker was sent to prison, the most violent one, for an indefinite period of time. And he is not prepared for it, and does not really remember what happened. But you have to survive in prison, and it’s not easy.
Plot of the film
Portland banker Andy Dufresne (actor Tim Robbins) was convicted in 1947 of murdering his wife and her lover. The man received two life sentences in Shawshank State Prison as punishment. He soon befriends Ellis Redding (actor Morgan Freeman), who is also serving a life sentence. Redding, at Andy’s request, gives him a large poster of Rita Hayworth and a hammer. Dufresne is intimidated by the Sisters with their ringleader Bogs (actor Mark Ralston) while working in the prison laundry.
In 1949 Andy overhears security captain Byron Hadley (actor Clancy Brown) complaining about heavy inheritance taxes. Andy offers to help. Hadley saves Andy from the Sisters. A crippled Bogs is transferred to another prison.
Warden Samuel Norton (played by Bob Gunton) meets Andy and moves him to the prison library to help elderly inmate Brooks Hatlen (played by James Whitmore). Andy begins to help with the finances of the rest of the prison staff, guards from other prisons and the warden. He writes weekly letters to the state legislature asking for funds to improve the prison library.
Brooks is paroled in 1954, but he cannot adjust to the outside world and hangs himself. Andy is convinced that hope helps him survive his captivity. Red rejects his concept.
In 1963, Norton profits and bribes using prisoner labour. Tommy Williams (actor Jill Bellows) is also imprisoned, Andy and Red befriend him. A year later, Tommy informs Red and Andy that his cellmate in another prison has taken responsibility for a murder allegedly committed by Andy.
This information is relayed to Norton, so Dufresne is sent to solitary confinement. Norton orders Hadley to kill Tommy by faking an escape attempt. Andy is released from solitary months later. He tells Red that he dreams of living in Mexico. Red worries about his friend, asks for 6 feet of rope.
At roll call the next day, Andy’s cell is empty. An enraged Norton throws a rock at a poster of Raquel Welch hanging on the cell wall and discovers a tunnel dug with a stone hammer for 19 years. Andy used a rope to get through the sewer pipe. He took Norton’s suit, his shoes and a ledger with evidence of laundered money.
Andy plays the role of Randall Stevens as the guards search for him. He collects dishonest money from various banks. The account books and evidence of corrupt practices and murders in Shawshank are sent to a local newspaper. The police arrive in Shawshank. Hadley is taken into custody and Norton commits suicide. After 40 years, Red is paroled. He visits Buxton and finds a safe with cash and a note from Andy inviting him to Siouatanejo. Red finds Andy on the Mexican coast, the friends embrace happily.
He also appreciates the central conflict: an uncompromising dispute with a stern “father” – Shawshank’s boss – over the right to leave the parental home. Andy, fleeing the prison that has become his home (or perhaps the house that has become his prison), is essentially born into a new life. He slips in with the “girl from the hood” Raquel Welch, traverses the miles of sewer pipe cleaning. Like yesterday’s tenth grader, he is eager to go to Mexico, to the sea, to the sun. Twenty years have passed. It’s time to live his life
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