Which dialogue do you like best in The Shawshank Redemption?

November 5, 2007 10:06pm CST
Several days ago,i watched a classic film called The Shawsshank Redemption. I like it very much. Cause it encourages people to fight for preserving the dignity of human beings,to appreciate the beauty of life and,above all,to keep hope forever. Also, the beautiful words in the movie leave a deep impress on me. So,what did you gain from the movie and which dialogue do you want to share?
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@joshua_w (501)
• Malaysia
7 Nov 07
Hi Amy. Good to hear that someone liked the film too. It was not very well-received when it first came out, probably because they thought it was the usual 'prison' movie. Only much later did people noticed the film. The film is as much about friendship as it is of hope. As the film is quite long, both in the actual running time and in the span of the film's storyline, the friendship between Ellis Boyd "Red" and Andy Dufresne is explored with much depth. Their character really develops as the story unfolds, and not merely touching the surface. There are so many memorable scenes and dialogues in this film. Perfomance wise, i liked Morgan Freeman's character, Red better. Some of my favourite line from the movie has to be: From Andy: "You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That's where i want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory." After which Andy goes on to show that he has Red in mind all along in his plan after his escape. And this further cemented his commitment to their friendship. A great scene where both of them really get to some heart-to-heart talk with each other. From Red (at the final parole hearing before his release: "Rehabilitated? Well now, let me see. You know i don't have any idea what that means...What do you really want to know? Am i sorry for what i did? There's not a day goes by i don't feel regret. Not because i'm here or because you think i should. I look back on the way i was 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. This old man is all that's left. I got to live with that." Try to observe the emotion he was trying to convey in his facial expression; it was so natural he did not even have to try. In this one short and seemingly simple scene, he proved that he was a brilliant actor. Even the monologue scene with Brooks Hatlen, played by James Whitmore is outstanding (and heartrending in his portrayal of a lonely old man without friends and family). "I have trouble sleeping at night. I have bad dreams like i'm falling. I wake up scared. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember where i am. I'm tired of being afraid all the time. I've decided not to stay." But my favourite has to be his Red's final monologue scene before the film ends. "Terrible thing to live in fear. Brooks Hatlen knew it all too well. All i want is to be back where things make sense. Where i won't have to be afraid all the time. Only one thing stops me. A promise i made to Andy". And the final scene from riding in the bus upto the time both of them finally met. "I find i'm so excited i can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's 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." There's not many film (eastern and western) that can make me felt a lump in my throat (ha-ha) but this final scene alone did just that. The film does not have any fancy special effects or stylish action sequences, or beautiful faces, but it was so much better than many which did.
• China
8 Nov 07
Yea, I can see that you like Red better between the two main characters.No doubt Morgan Freeman is a very good actor who can express every gradation of feeling from joy to grief. His perform in this film is also perfect.Just from the look in his eyes people could tell the deep thought in Red's mind.To me,the monologue sense with Red when he feel lonely after andy's escape is the favourite."some birds are't meant to be caged,that's all. their feathers are just too bright..." And do u think they really get together at last? Because the sence just follows red's voice "i hope...".
@joshua_w (501)
• Malaysia
9 Nov 07
(Smile). Red, as a character, is a much stronger person than Andy, in my opinion. But he's also more vulnerable and the film does show his weak side. I find that makes him more real. Andy is the quiet and more intelligent one. In terms of acting, i think Morgan is a better actor in this film compared to Tim Robbins. His expression and words are so natural it seems to flow out of him. And he is the only one who makes me laugh in this film. As to your question, i think you already know that this two friends did get together in the end. This has one of the best ending in a dramatic films. They hugged each other towards the end and the rest was left to our imagination (which was always a happy ending in my book). Perfectly summed up the words "I hope...". Any other way, and it would spoil the mood of the whole film. Thanks for reading Amy and you have a nice weekend ahead, ya.