The Shawshank Redemption – Greatest Movies of all time ; The movie is based on the novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption written by Stephen King.
The Film tells the story of a banker, Andy Dufresne(Tim Robinson) who was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences and sent to the notoriously harsh Shawshank Prison. Andy was convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, despite he claims his innocence.
During his life at prison, he made a friendship with a fellow Inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red”(Morgan Freeman); who runs a contraband inside the walls of the prison. Andy asks Red to find him a rock hammer, an instrument he claims is necessary for his hobby of rock collecting and sculpting.
Red believes Andy intends to use the hammer to engineer his escape in the future but when the tool arrives and he sees how small it is, Red puts aside the thought that Andy could ever use it to dig his way out of prison.
During a job inside the prison Andy overhears Hadley(the most notorious guard in Shawshak) complaining about having to pay taxes for an upcoming inheritance. Andy lets Hadley know how he can shelter his money from the IRS, turning it into a one-time gift for his wife.
When the warden hears about Andy’s assistance to the Guard; he sends Andy to work in the prison library. Warden Norton profits on Andy’s knowledge of accounting and devises a scheme whereby he puts prison inmates to work in public projects which he wins by outbidding other contractors (prisoners are cheap labor).
Andy launders money for the warden by setting up many accounts in different banks, along with several investments, using a fake identity: “Randall Stephens.”
Later Andy escaped through a tunnel dug with his rock hammer for 19 years. Andy escaped through the tunnel and prison sewage pipe, using the rope to bring with him Norton’s suit, shoes, and the ledger containing details of the money laundering. While guards search for him, Andy poses as Randall Stephens and visits several banks to withdraw the laundered money,$370,000.
Shortly after, Red receives a postcard from Fort Hancock, Texas, with nothing written on it. Red takes it as a sign that Andy made it into Mexico to freedom. Red and his buddies kill time talking about Andy’s exploits (with a lot of embellishments), but Red just misses his friend.
After serving forty years, Red is finally paroled. He struggles to adapt to life outside prison and fears he never will. Remembering his promise to Andy, he visits Buxton and finds a cache containing money and a letter asking him to come to Zihuatanejo. Red violates his parole and travels to Fort Hancock, Texas to cross the border to Mexico, admitting he finally feels hope. On a beach in Zihuatanejo he finds Andy, and the two friends are happily reunited.