When I first saw the theme, I had no clue. 1980's movies sprang to mind but which movies were made in the 90's? After doing some Googling, I realised there were a few good ones in the mix, but I picked The Shawshank Redemption as my favourite. Sam loves it too and we've watched it countless times. We never tire of it.
It's a 1994 American film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman - perfect casting! It was actually adapted from a Stephen King novella called "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption".
I was surprised to read that it didn't do well at the box office and whilst nominated for 7 Academy Awards in 1995, it didn't win any. I think that's a real shame because it really is a beautifully written and acted movie - its popularity since that time attests to that.
So why does it resonate? For me, it's just a beautiful statement about how the mind and spirit cannot be constrained by physical barriers. The prison the men are in does everything it can to destroy the very being of its inmates - but Andy and Red demonstrate that the true soul of a person can't always be imprisoned.
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies.
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 that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend. (Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding)
Does The Shawshank Redemption make your favourite 90's movie list?
What was your favourite movie from that decade?