City banker Andy Dufresne arrived at Shawshank Prison in 1947. Convicted of two brutal murders, he received a double life sentence. Within the confines of the prison, Andy forms an unlikely friendship with the prison "fixer" Red. He also becomes popular with the Warden and the prison's guards, as Andy is able to use his banking experience to help the corrupt officials amass personal fortunes. With the extraordinary twist in the tale, Andy finds that survival comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying.
Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, James Whitmore, Jeffrey DeMunn.
Prisons -- Drama.
Male friendship -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
MPAA rating: R; for language and prison violence.
2 videodiscs (ca. 142 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Director of photography, Roger Deakins ; art director, Peter Smith ; editor, Richard Francis-Bruce ; music, Thomas Newman ; costume designer, Elizabeth McBride ; production designer, Terence Marsh ; special effects, Bob Williams.