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This movie is based on Stephen King's short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" from the novel "Different Seasons." This was directed by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Walking Dead and many others). This movie did not fare well at the box office in terms of money but it did win critics praises and awards and even nominated for Academy award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The casting, the setting, the music (Thomas Newman) and everything about this movie is special. However, all this makes me wonder why was there a tepid response from the audience ? Probably, Forrest Gump took the attention away from this ! We never know. Of course, I also agree that word-of-mouth is a powerful tool. So, even if this movie deserves a top position, the reason for its #1 position is because of a strong word-of-mouth ! Well, whatever has happened, this movie has never stopped to inspire me and weave the magic of hope, everytime I need one.
To quote Red,
"I find I'm so excited that 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 a 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. "