What is the best movie of all time? Many surveys conducted to the public, critics and industry members have tried to solve this question, which almost always throws classics such as What the wind took (1938), Citizen Kane (1941) or the most recent The Godfather (1972). And behind all this greatness is The Shawshank Redemption (1994), a modest adaptation that appears in more and more listings, among which its first position stands out as the tape best evaluated by IMDB users, a site that it occupies since 2008 after snatching it precisely to the Corleone. Watch now the movie to see if you make part of those who like it or not.
The film is not inspired by any classic of universal literature, but in the short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption of Stephen King. Nor was it conceived by the great creatives of the moment, but by a rookie Frank Darabont whose only credits were the scripts of Nightmare on the street of hell III (1987), The voracious spot (1988) and The Fly II (1989), as well as the direction of the television buried Buried alive (1990). He could not even have a cast of great popularity, as actors like Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner and Tom Cruise discarded the role of Andy Dufresne for different reasons, while Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall were not available for Ellis Boyd's 'Red' Redding, which resulted in the additions of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
Even more curious was that, although he received all kinds of praise among the critics, he was poorly received by the public by raising only $ 16 million in American theaters, far from his initial investment of $ 25 million. Not even his seven Oscar nominations, among which he highlighted Best film and those that did not win any, were very helpful, since his re-release allowed him to accumulate an additional $ 12.3 million dollars for a grand total of $ 58.3 million dollars global. The difference with Forrest Gump and Violent Times, its eternal rivals since that distant season of awards, was overwhelming: the first was 42 weeks in the US card, raised just over $ 678 million worldwide and swept six Academy Awards; the second, whose premiere date coincided with its nationwide expansion, accumulated about $ 214 million dollars and soon became one of the greatest cultural phenomena of its generation.
Its rise began shortly after the awards season, when in 1995 it became the most rented VHS of the year. He continued when television entrepreneur Ted Turner, eager for quality content for his young TNT, acquired the production company Castle Rock Entertainment and with it the rights to The Shawshank Redemption. Its premiere on the small screen happened in June 1997 and since then it was broadcast repeatedly, which allowed it to increase its fan base with each new pass. In this regard, Freeman himself [via] has said that his popularity “did not grow like an ivy. It was more like an oak or something, you know, slow growing. ” It was not the first time that the cinema saw this kind of phenomena, remembering that the consolidation of classics such as The Wizard of Oz (1939) and How beautiful it is to live (1976) would not happen until several years later with the support of television.
The Shawshank Redemption has a cast almost completely masculine, because it only has the participation of three actresses in incidental roles, in addition to the footage of Rita Hayworth, as well as the posters of Raquel Welch and Marilyn Monroe. Although the cinema statistically grants more time to the actors on screen, these extreme cases are usually only seen in genres traditionally aimed at men, as is the case with action. However, the adaptation took a different route by leaning towards the label of the guy cry movies that address sensitivity from a manly perspective, in this case with the friendship between ‘Red’ Redding and Andy Dufresne.
The Shawshank Redemption may not have the spectacular visual or star-talent of other productions, but this has not prevented it from becoming one of the great classics of world cinema, watch online this masterpiece and see what's all the fuss about. After all, it is not a story designed to impact the moment, but to last in memory with a deep exploration of human goodness even in the darkest places. Not surprisingly, King [via] considers it more than just any movie, but "one of those films we think about when we imagine that iconic American film experience."