The greatest film of all time - according to me, you, IMDB, and everybody else on planet Earth - is 21-years-old!
This classic, uplifting prison drama follows the 19-year-long story of Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, who is wrongly imprisoned for the murders of his wife and her lover. Andy experiences, first-hand, the brutality of prison life before befriending Red, played by Morgan Freeman.
As Red is released, Andy begins to plan his escape - tunneling his way, one spec of dirt at a time, from his cell to the prison boundaries.
The film climaxes as Andy wades through shit, piss, and filth before emerging to freedom in a lightning storm and pouring rain.
Shawshank is a movie about time, patience, and loyalty. Its superb cast, excellent directing, and watertight scripting pulled those three qualities together to create the most satisfying movie in cinema history.
Here's what that great cast have been up to since then.
Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne
What else can I see him in? Mystic River (2003), War of the Worlds (2005), Jacob's Ladder (1990), High Fidelity (2000)
Fun fact: It was Tim Robbins' the idea to have his character, Andy Dufresne, turn up the volume of the record player in the scene where he plays the Opera music over the PA!
Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding
What else can I see him in? Se7en (1995), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Bruce Almighty (2003)
Fun fact: In one of the opening scenes, in which Morgan Freeman (as Red) is pitching a baseball, took 9 whole hours to shoot. Freeman pitched the baseball for the entire 9 hours without complaint! He apparently turned up on set the next day with his arm in a sling.
Bob Gunton as Warden Samuel Norton
What else can I see him in? Argo (2012), Demolition Man (1993), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Fun fact: Gunton's character, Warden Norton, whistles Martin Luther's most well known hymn "Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott," or in English "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."
Clancy Brown as Capt. Byron Hadley
What else can I see him in? Starship Troopers (1997), Highlander (1986), The Hurricane(1999)
Fun fact: Clancy Brown received offers from many real-life corrections officers to help make his character, Capt Hadley, more realistic. But Brown, knowing the true evil of his character, turned them down because he thought the real-life counterparts couldn't match the depravity of Capt Hadley and, thus, didn't want to dilute the character.
William Sadler as Heywood
What else can I see him in? The Green Mile (1999), Die Hard 2 (1990), Iron Man 3 (2013)
Fun fact: Has featured in three movies based on the works of Stephen King: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999) and The Mist (2007). All three were directed by Frank Darabont.