hate it when the young fella gets shot
love it when the bull queer gets what he deserves
I guess [R2] is the biggest film snob that has ever existed. What is your favorite movie?
Much too dark and depressing for my tastes. I can never get through several scenes of it w/out fast forwarding because the misery is so palpable. Even the ending doesn't seem particularly happy to me - so they finally get away and the prison's corruption is uncovered, so what? It doesn't take away the years of suffering Andy and Red and the others endured.
Manipulative, paint-by-the-numbers garbage.
Remember hope is a good thing and no good thing ever dies.
It's a great film.
The last thing that went through the Warden's head . . . before the bullet.
It's entertaining. The Morgan Freeman character finding the town, and then the field, and then the oak tree, and then the fence, then the rock, then the money under the rock, and then remembering the name of the town in Mexico was Zijuatanejo is a real stretch, but I'll go with it.
7 Academy Award Nominations disprove your point.
LOVE this movie, which had the unfortunate luck of opening the same time as FORREST GUMP. FG took home most of its categories at the OSCARS.
SR didn't win anything.
He gets out of the jail, how compelling!
The film is awesome OP. Don't listen to the "oh so snarky" queens. I work in film and am very jaded. Don't like most films. This film still gets me. Those queenfaces just like to pretend that they know more then you. It's a queeny thing.
Get busy living or get busy dying.
[quote]Much too dark and depressing for my tastes.
LOL! It's mindless, feel good cheese.
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[quote]hate it when the young fella gets shot
That was Tommy. I remember crying like a Mary when they shot him, I was so upset.
[quote]Ginger bull was played by Mark Rolston , a fine actor who sadly is relegated to bit parts in film and TV.
I like when he tells Andy, "oh hush, honey" ...before forcing him to give him head. The actor was great in Aliens.
It is a love story between Andy and Red. So obvious. Of course, if you tried to tell that to one of the millions of straight male fans of the movie they'd look at you like you were crazy.
[quote]Also Morgan Freeman said so, and you can take that to the bank.
To clarify, the 'gay' part is mine because of the symbolic way Andy left the tin for Red to find in that 'special' place, almost like a new beginning. Morgan Freeman was asked on film if he thought it was a 'love story' and he confirmed it.
So where's the love story? Andy and his dead wife? The Warden and Andy? Or the two main male leads?
Both leads appear very straight. It's not a tale of lust, the undertones are subtle, but love (which you can argue for a romantic attachment at some stage) between two men is there without overt sexual implications.