What Are Some Quotes From Shawshank Redemption?


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Some quotes from "The Shawshank Redemption" include, "Get busy living or get busy dying'," "Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies," and "I understand you're a man who knows how to get things." "The Shawshank Redemption" is a 1994 movie based on a short story by Stephen King.

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"The Shawshank Redemption" stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The film chronicles the life of Andy Dufresne, an accountant sentenced to prison for murdering his wife, although he is innocent. Andy befriends a man named Red and several of the other prisoners, although he also makes a few enemies. The warden and other guards soon realize that Andy can help them avoid unnecessary taxes, and he becomes the prison's unofficial CPA.

Andy asks Red, who is "a man who can get things," for a Rita Heyworth poster. Red obliges, and Andy hangs the poster on his prison wall. Although it is against the rules, the guards and warden look the other way. As time goes by, Andy replaces the poster every few years with the "it" girl of the day. Eventually, Andy escapes. The guards discover he had dug a hole underneath the poster to escape.

Andy flees to Mexico with stolen funds. He writes Red a letter where he says, "Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing every dies." Red eventually makes parole and joins Andy in Mexico. Right before Red makes this decision, he echoes Andy's words, "Get busy living or get busy dying.

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