Thursday, 2 July 2009

The Shawshank Redemption

I started watching this movie two days ago and it took me all of three days to reach the end!! But no regrets! It is truly a lovely movie... as one reviewer comments 'a dull at the box office then but a hit with critics, especially today!' Here are some dialogues I picked up from the movie:
  • Andy telling Red: Outside (the prison) I was as straight as an arrow, honest! I had to come in here to become a crook!
  • Andy to Red and co.: There's something not made of stone but something within. That no one can touch. No one can take it from you. It is hope.
  • Andy to Tommy, the new prisoner: Perhaps you should try some new profession. After all you're not a good thief. Then why not try something new?
  • Andy to Red: Get busy living or get busy dying!
  • Andy's letter to Red: Hope is a good thing, and good things never die.
My favourite, however, is this:
Red, when told by his boss (after he's freed from prison) not to ask him permission every time to go for a break: Forty years I asked for permission to piss. Can't squeeze a drop without saying so!
Oh, it's a beautiful movie of hope, patience and friendship. Great! Tim Robbins is excellent: cool, reserved and precise! Morgan Freeman... oh, boy! No words to describe him. It was a great idea to get him to narrate the whole movie. Not another soul would have done better!

The best thing of the movie is the style and message: simple, clear and always loyal!

1 comment:

  1. Casti.. I am sure you would love this .... it speaks about being institutionalized... (my mind is twinkling as i post this here)by the way it is from this movie...
    RED: Heywood, enough. Ain't nothing wrong with Brooksie. He's just institutionalized, that's all.

    HEYWOOD: Institutionalized, my ass.

    RED: Man's been here fifty years. This place is all he knows. In here, he's an important man, an educated man. A librarian. Out there, he's nothing but a used-up old con with arthritis in both hands. Couldn't even get a library card if he applied. You see what I'm saying?

    FLOYD: Red, I do believe you're talking out of your ass.

    RED: Believe what you want. These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. After long enough, you get so you depend on 'em. That's "institutionalized."

    JIGGER: Shit. I could never get that way.

    ERNIE: Say that when you been inside as long as Brooks has.

    RED: Goddamn right. They send you here for life, and that's just what they take. Part that counts, anyway.

    another one which i quite liked very much....

    ANDY: Here's where it makes most sense. We need it so we don't forget.

    RED: Forget?

    ANDY: That there are things in this world not carved out of gray stone. That there's a small place inside of us they can never lock away, and that place is called hope.

    RED: Hope is a dangerous thing. Drive a man insane.

    and yet another....

    ANDY: You're right. It's down there, and I'm in here. I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.


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