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  1. 1. America in the 1950’s Shawshank Redemption Movie Review
  2. 2. Movie Details <ul><li>Title: Shawshank Redemption </li></ul><ul><li>Released: 23 September 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Directed by: Frank Darabont </li></ul><ul><li>Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman </li></ul><ul><li>Time Period: 1950’s </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Location: Shawshank Prison </li></ul>
  3. 3. Plot <ul><li>The movie is about an innocent man, Andy Dufresne, who is sent to life in prison for killing his wife and her lover. The story revolves around him not being a typical prisoner and the strong friendship he makes in prison with another prisoner, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Actor’s Performances <ul><li>The acting in this movie was very good. I can’t imagine the key characters being played by anyone else. </li></ul><ul><li>Tim Robbins played Andy Dufresne. His character is smart and pretty much keeps to himself but never looses hope. He was great in the scenes where he locked himself in the Wardens office and played Mozart for the prisoners and when he negotiated a few beers for his friends after a hard days work, just like “regular guys”. </li></ul><ul><li>Morgan Freeman played Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding. I loved him in his final parole hearing scene where he was being totally honest about whether or not he felt he had been “rehabilitated”. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lights, Camera, Action <ul><li>The lighting and camera work were very well done in this movie. </li></ul><ul><li>Having “Red” narrate the movie gave you insight the each prisoners feelings and was very helpful in telling the story. The music in the movie was good for setting the mood and was appropriate for the time period. </li></ul><ul><li>Costumes, sets and props were very authentic and realistic looking. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Historic Overview <ul><li>Time Period – 1950’s </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1950 President Harry Truman approves production of the hydrogen bomb and sends air force and navy to korea. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1952 General Eisenhower promised to bring an end to the fighting in Korea if elected. Before he had taken office Eisenhower flew to Korea in an attempt to revive peace talks and visit American soldiers on the front line. As a result of his peace seeking mission an armistice was signed in July 1953. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1955 Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine for Polio. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Movie Accuracy <ul><li>I believe that the movie portrayed the actual time period quite well. The movie was fictional but there were a few factual inaccuracies in the film. </li></ul><ul><li>One factual error was that Federal income taxes were due on March 15th, not April 15th as they are today. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, During the warden's &quot;Inside Out&quot; speech, a CP-16R camera with new style magazine is visible. Additionally, a Pentax k1000 SLR still camera is visible, which was produced in 1975-1997. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Facts Learned <ul><li>I learned several things from watching the movie, the videos, the reading material and searching the internet. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>December 10, 1958 - The first domestic jet-airline passenger service is begun by National Airlines between New York City and Miami.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1958 Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite, successfully orbits the earth. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1959 - Alaska and Hawaii become the forty-ninth and fiftieth states.  </li></ul></ul>