It appears that many of the great cinema classics of our time were box office flops. On its general release in theatres Shawshank was more or less a bomb. It wasn't until its Video and DVD release that word of mouth made sure this classic managed to find its audience. In fact the movie plot synopsis probably put many off on its original release; I mean who would want to see a prison movie which follows two lifers and their relationship. Summing it up like that doesn't make you want to watch it, but by missing this film you are denying yourself the satisfaction of movie gold. This film has been in the all time top 10 for the last ten years on IMDB and it's easy to see why. It is a master class of acting talent with stunning performances from Tim Robins and Morgan Freeman, both light up the screen with their emotional and natural turns. I won't spoil things any further for those yet to see it, other than it contains one of the most satisfying plot twists in cinema history and comes highly recommended. 10 out of 10? Yes indeed!
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