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1994's 'The Shawshank Redemption' tells the story of two inmates, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) and Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding (Morgan Freeman), struggling to survive and better their lives while incarcerated in a tough Maine prison. The movie, based on a short story by Stephen King, received a whopping seven Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Actor for Freeman), but failed to win even one. Nevertheless, 'The Shawshank Redemption' remains a critically acclaimed movie that often finds itself on top film lists. 'Shawshank' is a memorable movie, with equally memorable quotes. Enjoy!
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Get Busy Living

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Red: "Get busy living…or get busy dying. That's goddamn right."

This brief quote summarizes Red's general philosophy about life, which he shares with Andy. Either you get in there and start living it, or you run the risk of simply wasting away.
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Missing My Friend

Red: "I guess I just miss my friend."

This is one of the final scenes in 'The Shawshank Redemption," when Red is lamenting the loss of the now-escaped Andy. A powerful monologue, with several highly quotable lines.
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An Honest Man

Andy: "The funny thing is, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook."

When Andy arrives at Shawshank, Red notices immediately that he isn't like other inmates. He's not. Over time, Andy does indeed become a crook - eventually escaping from the prison in dramatic fashion.
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A Free Man

Red: "I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope."

Red's quote is part of his monologue that ends the movie. We learn that yes, he does indeed realize his dreams - about reuniting with Andy and about finally being free.