The Shawshank Redemption is based on a novella by Stephen King. Tim Robbins plays a banker named Andy, who is sent to Shawshank Prison after being convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. There he gets to know a fellow prisoner named Red, played by Morgan Freeman. Prison and the inmates provide the backdrop against which a variety of themes play out in the most uplifting and heartbreaking ways…friendship, survival, despair, faith and hope. The characters struggle to maintain their humanity in a place and under circumstances that are immensely de-humanizing. The emotional impact of this movie is pitch perfect and the characters, all of them, will stay with you always.