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Classic American films: The Shawshank Redemption – the 10 best lines from 1994 prison drama

  • In this regular series we take a look at some of the most talked-about films and the legacy they have left behind
  • Here we revisit the most memorable lines from the famous prison drama
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 December, 2018, 8:03am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 December, 2018, 8:09am

In this regular feature series on some of the most talked-about films, we examine the legacy of classics, re-evaluate modern blockbusters, and revisit some of the most memorable lines in film. We continue this week with the best quotes from 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption .

1. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins): “On the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.”

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2. Warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton): “I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you’ll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.”

3. Red (Morgan Freeman): “They send you here for life, and that’s exactly what they take. The part that counts, anyway.”

4. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins): “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

5. Red (Morgan Freeman): “Everyone in here is innocent, you know that?”

6. Captain Hadley (Clancy Brown): “What is your malfunction, you fat barrel of monkey s****?”

7 . Red (Morgan Freeman): “Some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright.”

8. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins): “I guess it comes down a simple choice: get busy living, or get busy dying.”

9. Red (Morgan Freeman): “I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it. Old Andy did it in less than twenty.”

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10. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins): “You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That’s where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.”

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