Sunday, June 18, 2006

Influence:Shawshank Redemption

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As I watched The Shawshank Redemption for the umpteenth time, I realized how much I was in love with the movie and its characters especially Andy Dufresne played by Tim Robbins and Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding played by Morgan Freeman.

Frank Darabont did a wonderful job adapting the 1982 novella 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption' by Stephen King.

Hope, as the movie puts it, is the best of things. Brooks dies because he loses hope, the will to survive,the zeal to get going. Red, though on the same path, is saved by Andy.

Values and integrity is another trait the movie puts forward. Albeit all the scum surrounding him, Andy maintains his values,resists pressure and comes out clean on the other side of the shit pipe. Values are important and you should never forego them, not for a better life, not for a better job.

It was nominated for SEVEN academy awards but won NONE of them.Wondering what hogged all the lime light that year at the academy awards.None other than our own Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump and Quentin Tarantino for Pulp Fiction.

Personal best quotes from the movie

[reading a note left by Andy]
Remember, Red, hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things. And a good thing never dies.

[after Andy Escapes]
I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

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