编剧：斯蒂芬·金( stephen king)、弗兰克·达拉邦特(frank darabont)
演员：蒂姆·罗宾斯（tim robbins）、摩根·弗里曼（morgan freeman）
1．remember, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies!
2．i guess it comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying.
3．fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free. a strong man can save himself, a great man can save another.
4．prison life consists of routine, and then more routine.
5．these walls are kind of funny like that. first you hate them, then you get used to them. enough time passed, get so you depend on them. that's institutionalized.
6．it takes a strong man to save himself, and a great man to save another.
7．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. still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. i guess i just miss my friend.
8．i find i'm so excited. i can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. i think it the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. i hope i can make it across the border, i hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. i hope the pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. i hope.
9．there's not a day goes by i don't feel regret. not because i'm in here, or because you think i should. i look back on the way i was then. then a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. i want to talk to him. i want to try and talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. but i can't. that kid's long gone and this old man is all that's left. i got to live with that. rehabilitated? it's just a bull**** word. so you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. because to tell you the truth, i don't give a ****.
我无时无刻不对自己的所作所为深感内疚， 这不是因为我在这里 (监狱)，也不是讨好你们(假释官)。回首曾经走过的弯路，我多么想对那个犯下重罪的愚蠢的年轻人说些什么，告诉他我现在的感受，告诉他还可以有其他的方式解决问题。可是，我做不到了。那个年轻人早已淹没在岁月的长河里，只留下一个老人孤独地面对过去。重新做人？骗人罢了！小子，别再浪费我的时间了，盖你的章吧，我没有什么可说的了。
10．red: let me tell you something my friend: hope is a dangerous thing. hope can drive a man insane.
11．red narrating: i have no idea to this day what those two italian ladies were singing about. truth is, i don’t want to know. some things are better left unsaid. i'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful it can't expressed in words and it makes you heartache because of it i tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a great place dares to dream. it was as if some beautiful bird had flapped into our drab little cage and made these walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man is shawshank felt free.
in 1947, banker andrew "andy" dufresne (tim robbins) is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, based on circumstantial evidence. he is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at shawshank state penitentiary in maine, run by warden samuel norton (bob gunton). during the first night the chief guard, byron hadley (clancy brown), savagely beats a newly arrived inmate who later dies in the infirmary. andy befriends ellis boyd "red" redding (morgan freeman), an inmate serving a life sentence whose parole application was recently rejected. red is known for obtaining contraband and is able to procure a rock hammer for andy, allowing him to create small stone chess pieces. red jokes that andy might use it to break out until he sees how small the hammer is. andy later obtains a large poster of rita hayworth from red, followed in later years by marilyn monroe and raquel welch.
during the first two years of his incarceration, andy works in the prison laundry. he attracts attention from "the sisters", a group of prisoners who sexually assault other prisoners, and their leader bogs (mark rolston). though he persistently resists, andy is beaten and raped on a regular basis.
later, andy overhears hadley complain about having to pay taxes on a forthcoming inheritance and, after explaining a legal loophole to him, is reassigned to assist the prison librarian, elderly inmate brooks hatlen (james whitmore), a pretext to allow him to work on financial requests full time. his financial advice is soon sought by other guards at shawshank and by visiting guards from nearby prisons. hadley delivers a crippling beating to bogs, after his gang's brutal assault puts andy in the infirmary. andy is left alone by the gang from then on.
using his goodwill with norton, andy helps to expand the prison library by writing weekly letters to the state government for funds. when one donation to the library provides him with a recording of the marriage of figaro, he plays an excerpt over the public address system, well aware he will receive solitary confinement for doing so. norton develops a scheme that uses prison labor for public works, undercutting the cost of skilled labor and receiving kickbacks. he has andy launder the money under the false identity of "randall stevens", in exchange for allowing him to keep his private cell and continue maintaining the library. brooks is freed on parole and moves into a halfway house, but unable to adjust to the outside world, he hangs himself and the expanded library is dedicated to him.
in 1965, tommy williams (gil bellows) is incarcerated on robbery charges. he joins andy and red's circle of friends, and andy assists him in getting his ged. when he hears the details of andy's case, tommy reveals that an inmate at another prison, elmo blatch (bill bolender), claimed to have committed a nearly identical murder, suggesting andy's innocence.
fearing andy might tell of his corruption if released, norton refuses to cooperate. after they argue, he throws andy into solitary confinement for two months. norton has hadley kill tommy, making it look like a failed escape attempt.
andy returns to his regular cell block and tells red of his dream of living in zihuatanejo, a mexican pacific coastal town, and setting up a hotel with boat rides for his customers. while red shrugs it off as unrealistic, andy instructs him, should he ever be freed, to visit a specific hayfield near buxton to retrieve a package.
the next day at roll call, andy's cell is empty. when norton, angry at andy's disappearance, throws one of andy's rocks at the poster of raquel welch, the rock tears through the poster, revealing a tunnel that andy dug with the rock hammer over the last two decades. the night before, andy switched norton's ledger with his prison-issue bible, took the ledger, his chess set, and one of norton's suits and escaped through the tunnel and a narrow sewage drain during a thunderstorm.
after escaping, andy poses as randall stevens to withdraw most of the corruption money from several banks, then sends evidence of norton's corruption and murder of tommy to a local newspaper. the police arrive at the prison and hadley is arrested, but norton commits suicide to evade arrest.
red receives parole after serving 40 years and is allocated the apartment where brooks committed suicide, and works at the same grocery store. just like brooks, red begins to fear the outside world. remembering andy's advice, he visits buxton and finds a cache of money as well as a note left by andy, telling him to get to zihuatanejo. red violates his parole and travels to fort hancock, texas to skip the border to mexico. the two are happily reunited on the beach to begin a new life.