“The Shawshank Redemption” quotes

(1994)
Movie The Shawshank Redemption
Frank Darabont directed this movie in 1994
Title The Shawshank Redemption
Year 1994
Director Frank Darabont
Genre Drama, Crime
Plot – We are in 1946. Tried for the murder of his wife and her lover, Andy, a bank clerk from New England, is sentenced to a double life sentence and incarcerated in the prison of Shawshank. At the beginning, he is a victim of the prisoners’ violence, but then he becomes the guards’ financial advisor. It comes out that the director counterfeits the books of accounts, registering them in Randall Stevens’ names, a fictitious figure. Escaped from prison through a tunnel built over the years, Andy takes the identity of Randall Stevens, he denounces the director and he goes to Mexico. Behind bars, the usual collection of samples of humanity is displayed: sodomites out of necessity, guardians who are more delinquent than the prisoners, a greedy director and an old lifer, James Whitmore, who embodies the greatness of American cinema of the past.
All actors – Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, James Whitmore, Jeffrey DeMunn, Larry Brandenburg, Neil Giuntoli, Brian Libby, David Proval, Joseph Ragno, Jude Ciccolella, Paul McCrane, Renee Blaine, Scott Mann, John Horton, Gordon Greene, Alfonso Freeman, V.J. Foster, John E. Summers, Frank Medrano, Mack Miles, Alan R. Kessler, Morgan Lund, Cornell Wallace, Gary Lee Davis, Neil Summers, Ned Bellamy, Joe Pecoraro, Harold E. Cope Jr., Brian Delate, Don McManus, Donald Zinn, Dorothy Silver, Robert Haley, Dana Snyder, John D. Craig, Ken Magee, Eugene C. DePasquale, Bill Bolender, Ron Newell, John R. Woodward, Chuck Brauchler, Dion Anderson, Claire Slemmer, James Kisicki, Rohn Thomas, Charlie Kearns, Rob Reider, Brian Brophy, Paul Kennedy, James Babson, Dennis Baker, Fred Culbertson, Richard Doone, Rita Hayworth, Alonzo F. Jones, Michael Lightsey, Brad Spencer
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  • “I don't know; every man has his breaking point.”

    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    [Tag:suicide]
  • “- Warden Norton: [to new inmates, after explaining the prisonroutine] Any questions?
    - Prisoner: When do we eat?
    - Captain Hadley: You eat when we say you eat. You piss when we say you piss, and you shit when we say you shit. You got that, you maggot dick motherfucker?”

    Bob Gunton - Warden Norton
    Clancy Brown - Captain Hadley
  • Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
    Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne
    [Tag:hope]
  • So I'm backing out the door, right, and I got the TV, like this; it was a big old thing, I couldn't see shit; suddenly I hear this voice, "Police, kid, hands in the air". You know, I was standing there, holdin' on to that TV, so finally the voice says, "you hear what I said, boy?". And I say, "yes sir, I sure did, but if I drop this fucking... (continue)(continue reading)
    Gil Bellows - Tommy
    [Tag:crime, police, theft]
  • “- Fat Ass: You don't understand! I'm not supposed to be here!
    - Inmates: Me neither! They run this place like a fucking prison!”

    Frank Medrano - Fat Ass
    [Tag:mocking, prison]
  • Hope is a good thing - maybe the best thing, and no good thing ever dies.”
    Tim Robbins
     
  • “Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free.”
    Tim Robbins
     
  • “- Andy Dufresne: [referring to Fat Ass] What was his name?
    - Heywood: What did you say?
    - Andy Dufresne: I was just wondering if anybody knew his name.
    - Heywood: Fuck do you care, new fish? Doesn't fuckin' matter what his name was. He's dead.”

    Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne
    William Sadler - Heywood
    [Tag:death, name]
  • Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”
    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    [Tag:danger, hope, madness]
  • “- Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: King me.
    - Andy Dufresne: Chess. Now there's a game of kings.
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: What?
    - Andy Dufresne: Civilized. Strategic...
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: ...and a total fuckin' mystery. I hate it.”

    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne
  • “Forty years I been askingpermission to piss. I can't squeeze a drop without say-so.”

    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    [Tag:prison]
  • “- Andy Dufresne: You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific?
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: No.
    - Andy Dufresne: They say it has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.”

    Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne
    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    [Tag:living, memory, ocean]
  • “I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you'll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.”

    Bob Gunton - Warden Norton
    [Tag:bible, prison]
  • “There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here, because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't.”

    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    [Tag:crime, past, regret]
  • “- Andy Dufresne: What about you? What are you in here for?
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: Murder, same as you.
    - Andy Dufresne: Innocent?
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: [shakes his head] Only guilty man in Shawshank.”

    Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne
    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    [Tag:guilt, murder, prison]
  • “I find I'm so excited, 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 the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain.”
    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
  • “- Andy Dufresne: Here's where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don't forget.
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: Forget?
    - Andy Dufresne: Forget that... there are places in this world that aren't made out of stone. That there's something inside... that they can't get to, that they can't touch. That's yours.
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: What're...” (continue)
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    Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne
    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    [Tag:hope, music, prison]
  • “- Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That's institutionalized.
    - Heywood: Shit. I could never get like that.
    - Ernie: Oh yeah? Say that when you been here as long as Brooks has.
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: Goddamn right. They send you...” (continue)
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    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    William Sadler - Heywood
    Joseph Ragno - Ernie
  • “The first night's the toughest, no doubt about it. They march you in naked as the day you were born, skin burning and half blind from that delousing shit they throw on you, and when they put you in that cell... and those bars slam home... that's when you know it's for real. A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    [Tag:life, prison, thinking]
  • “- Andy Dufresne: I have no enemieshere.
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: Yeah? Wait a while. Word gets around. The Sisters have taken quite a likin' to you. Especially Boggs.
    - Andy Dufresne: I don't suppose it would help if I told them that I'm not homosexual.
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: Neither are they. You have to be human first. They don't...” (continue)
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    Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne
    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
  • “I want him found. Not tomorrow, not after breakfast... now!”

    Bob Gunton - Warden Norton
    [Tag:escape, seeking]
  • “There must be a con like me in every prison in America. I'm the guy who can get if for you; cigarettes, a bag of reefer, if that's your thing, a bottle of brandy to celebrate your kid's high school graduation, damn near anything within reason. Yes sir, I'm a regular Sears and Roebuck.”
    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
  • “- 1967 Parole Hearings Man: Do you feel you've been rehabilitated?
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: Rehabilitated? Well, now let me see. You know, I don't have any idea what that means.
    - 1967 Parole Hearings Man: Well, it means that you're ready to rejoin society...
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: I know what you think it means, sonny. To me, it's just...” (continue)
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    Brian Brophy - 1967 Parole Hearings Man
    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    [Tag:prison, words]
  • “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.”
    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
    [Tag:birds, metaphors]
  • - Heywood: The Count of Monte Crisco...
    - Floyd: That's "Cristo" you dumb shit.
    - Heywood: ...by Alexandree Dumb-ass. Dumb-ass.
    - Andy Dufresne: Dumb-ass? "Dumas". You know what it's about? You'll like it, it's about a prisonbreak.
    - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding: We oughta file that under "Educational" too, oughten we?

    William Sadler - Heywood
    Brian Libby - Floyd
    Tim Robbins - Andy Dufresne
    Morgan Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
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