Looking for dignity, even behind prison bars

Best bet

September 16, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins shine in a prison drama that has little to do with being in prison and everything to do with being human.

"The Shawshank Redemption" (8: 05 p.m.-11: 05 p.m., TBS) is also a Stephen King adaptation that hardly seems like a Stephen King adaptation. It's the story of Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a banker wrongly jailed for killing his wife. Since he hardly looks the part of a hardened criminal, he's soon seized upon and sexually assaulted by the resident thugs (known as the Sisters), but just as quickly befriended by Red Redding (Freeman), the prison's resident operator. Their friendship, as well as Dufresne's quiet insistence that his dignity be retained and the other prisoners' restored, are the heart of this wonderful film, one of the best to come out of Hollywood this decade (it was Oscar-nominated in 1994, as was Freeman).

Pub Date: 9/16/97

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