THE SHAWSHANK REDEPMPTION
1994, Warner Bros., 142 min, USA, Dir: Frank Darabont

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is a young and successful banker who is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940s, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, an inmate entrepreneur played by Morgan Freeman, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner. Based on the Stephen King short story “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.”


ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES
1991, Morgan Creek, 143 min, Dir: Kevin Reynolds

This rousing take on the classic folk tale stars Kevin Costner as Robin of Locksley, who with his band of Merry Men robs from the rich and gives to the poor in 13th-century England. Alan Rickman turned down the part of the Sheriff of Nottingham twice before being promised free reign, which he used to deliciously villainous effect, winning a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award. Along with an inescapable theme song (Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”), this box office hit features fine performances by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Morgan Freeman.


SE7EN
1995, Warner Bros., 127 min, USA, Dir: David Fincher

Morgan Freeman is a big-city homicide cop days from retiring when he’s assigned to a gruesome case that’s just one in what will turn out to be a string of murders. Saddled with a wet-behind-the-ears rookie detective partner (Brad Pitt), Freeman finds himself descending farther down into the urban inferno than he has gone in his entire career. Co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Kevin Spacey.


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