The Shawshank Redemption 25th Anniversary (1994) presented by TCM
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In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding, layering their performances with snippets of individuality: Their small, daily sustenances and minor triumphs are wonderfully inspiring.
If the film is perhaps a little slow in its middle passages, maybe that is part of the idea, too, to give us a sense of the leaden passage of time, before the glory of the final redemption.
This is a movie with every facet shining in place, every word charged and resonant. [23 Sept 1994]