I could write a lot about this film but I would recommend that you just go watch it if you haven't ever seen it and give it another look if you’ve seen it already. Just remember it is about prison life and it is not all happy times. It's tough and sometimes gritty with some scenes of violence that are pretty gut wrenching, however, the scenes of prison brutality are necessary for the final redemptive pay off at the end.
Stuck up banker Andy DuFresne, played superbly by Tim Robbins, is sent to Shawshank prison for two life terms for murders he didn't commit. While there he is put through hell. He faces the worst kind of corruption, violence, religious hypocrisy and brutality . . . but through it all he hangs on to hope.
Seeing again what was one of the best moments for me in this film. Apart from the overwhelming relief of the twist ending, it's when Andy locks himself in the warden's office and plays a duet from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, then decides to broadcast the music across the prison's courtyard PA. The hardened prisoners' faces light up with wonder and innocent joy. It's unforgettable. Music is a common denominator throughout the world and affects each of our lives differently but with a common thread of notes and sounds within our universe.
I'm sure that scene will go down as one of the greatest moments in cinema. It not only captures the theme of the whole film in one delicious, everlasting grin of a moment, but it also conveys the inexpressible beauty, poignancy and redemptive quality of music for all humanity. More than that, the theme of hope is communicated in a way beyond words.
Never give up hope or friendships within our lives, old or new . . .