Shawshank Redemption added to National Film Registry

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Jul 10, 2006
Just north of Duma Key
It's a bro-centric year for movies added to the prestigious National Film Registry.

Two of the most popular male-bonding movies of all time — "Top Gun" and "The Shawshank Redemption" — are being added to the collection of films preserved by the Library of Congress, the library announced Wednesday.

They'll be joined by an all-male quartet that's about to get an all-female reboot — the gang from "Ghostbusters."

Each year, the library picks 25 movies to preserve for their cultural, historic or artistic importance. The list is always eclectic and, as usual, includes titles that are older, experimental or otherwise obscure.

And then there are the crowd-pleasers. "The Shawshank Redemption" is a mainstay atop the Internet Movie Database poll of the top 250 movies of all time.

Its exalted ranking — "The Godfather" places second — is somewhat curious. "Shawshank," a deliberately paced, well-crafted prison drama about the friendship between a wrongly convicted man (Tim Robbins) and a savvy fellow inmate (Morgan Freeman), was considered a box-office disappointment upon its 1994 release. It was the first feature for director Frank Darabont, who adapted the screenplay from a novella by Stephen King. Nominated for seven Oscars, it won zero.

But its popularity increased thanks to home video and countless airings on cable television, where viewers came to appreciate the elaborate plot, poignant score by Thomas Newman and Freeman's soothing voice-over narration.



#1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side
May 24, 2012
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I watched this (again) about a week ago. It's a great movie, I never get tired of watching it.

Me too! Love it...

Dana Jean

I wrote comments about the movie in this section by mistake. Sorry :a11:

Glad I am not the only Canadian on here who has a habit of saying sorry a lot!:m_bigwink:




All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.
Jul 11, 2006
Spokane, WA
Glad I am not the only Canadian on here who has a habit of saying sorry a lot!:m_bigwink:

This would have made a great movie poster. I can see it up on the wall behind glass in the theater advertising the film before it came out. It would have intrigued anyone looking at it- 'how is that prisoner listening to a phonograph and why is he smiling?'.