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Learning to Hope
The Shawshank Redemption Story

Last night, i stayed up very late to finish a movie my husband and bestfriend has been telling me for years to watch. It took us a while to get a copy of this movie since it’s an old one and my favorite video stores do not have it anymore.

The movie was Shawshank Redemption which starred Tim Robbins who played Andy Dufresne, and Morgan Freeman, one of my favorite actors, who played the Role of Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding.

The setting was in a Prison, the Shawshank Prison, where Andy headed after he was wrongfully sentenced for killing his wife and her lover. Andy used to be a brilliant and highly paid banker who, because of his demanding job, hardly had time for his beautiful wife who fell in love with another man. The night his wife told him she wanted a divorce, she and her lover were murdered and the circumstantial evidences pinned the crime to Andy.

Inside the prison, Andy was in for really rotten lucks. Red summarized his misfortunes in this narration:

Red: [narrating] I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that – but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile – prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Andy would show up with fresh bruises. The Sisters kept at him – sometimes he was able to fight ’em off, sometimes not. And that’s how it went for Andy – that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.

Not once I cried while watching the Shawshank and my cries were even harder after I finished watching it. It took me an hour or so thinking about the movie before I finally fell asleep. I recommend that you look for a copy of this film if you still haven’t watched it. It was an all-time bestseller and I wouldn’t spoil your experience by giving a blow-by-blow account of its great scenes.

Let me just share with you what I believe is the most powerful message of the story:

Hope is a god thing.
Maybe the best of things…
And no good thing never dies.

Hope springs life. Where there is hope, there’s life. As the movie’s tagline suggest: Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

Some Notes:

Frank Darabont, Director and screenplay
Stephen King, Author

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  • 8 Responses to Learning to Hope
    The Shawshank Redemption Story

    1. cherry pascual says:

      i havent watch the movie, hope i can get a copy of that movie:)

    2. mhel says:


      you definitely should watch it…

      the video city branches in marikina do not have a copy of Shawshank anymore. I’m not sure with other video stores. Let’s hope that soon, DVD copy of the movie will be available in video city.

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