Widescreen/Blu-ray. The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 drama film, written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the Stephen King novella, 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.' the film stars Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding. When an innocent man is sentenced to life in prison for murder, he thinks his life is over. He is befriended by a convict who knows the ropes and helps him to cope with the frightning realities of prison life. In 2008 Shawshank heads the Internet Movie Database's poll of top 250 films, leading such pictures as the Godfather and the Dark Knight.