The Shawshank Redemption** (15)
In 1946 an innocent man is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, but 20 years later uses his resourcefulness to find a way out.
Much admired by Internet followers, this absorbing if clichéd prison drama - like most of its kind - feels like rather a long time inside the cinema as well as in prison (although in the case of this particular cinema rather a lovely one), but compels for the first hour before some of the mechanics of the plot set in, although the manner of the resolution is ingenuous.
Written and Directed by: Frank Darabont, from the story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King.
Producer: Niki Marvin.
Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, William Sadler, James Whitmore, Gil Bellows.
Photography: Roger Deakins.
Music: Thomas Newman.
Editing: Richard Francis-Bruce.
The Pink Panther in
(US 1967. 6m.; w: Jim Ryan; p: David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng; d: Hawley Pratt.)
Tom and Jerry in
The Milky Waif**
(US 1946. 7m.; d: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera; p: Fred Quimby.)