Redemption…Shawshank, that is.

Andy: I guess it comes down to a simple choice. Get busy living or get busy dying.

I love this movie.  Without fail whenever it comes on TV it stops me in my tracks, I drop everything and transport myself to Shawshank State Penitentiary in Maine.  I understand it’s coming back on tonight on TNT, so the likelihood of me having it on before the President’s State of the Union of Address is a high probability.  The relationship between Andy Dufrense and Red has to be one of the best onscreen ‘bromances.’


Red: Sometimes it makes me sad, though, Andy being gone. 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. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty when they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

Morgan Freeman’s soothing narration is so gripping and powerful; I am always moved to tears during the movie’s climactic ending.  The notion that the actor with the last name Freeman has a speech about being a free man is so apropos.

Red: I find I’m so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.


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