Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption

That is the original name of the Stephen King novella which was the basis for the film by Director and Screenwriter Frank Darabont (who also did The Green Mile from another King story). It is an amazing movie which, like many other classics, did not do well at the box office when it first came out in 1994. I do like the original name and I wish it had been kept.
In fact the mention of Rita Hayworth is special in that it, and the name of the prison for that matter, are both cyphers. They don’t tell you anything about the film until you have seen it (and have thus become in the know). Lots of things are hidden in this work of art. Whether Dufresne is innocent or not. Whether Red will ever get out. Finding hope in the very, very dark place they are trapped in. Being human in a prison.
The chemistry of Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins on the screen as Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding and Andy Dufresne is magical. I would go further to say that the relationship of these characters is really a succinct definition of friendship. Something that grows between two people so they each care for the other so much that it hurts. It’s the kind of friendship everyone aspires to have: seeing the movie can help you and me in that way.

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