Like a great novel, this film manages to succeed at greater things than simply entertaining an audience. Just perfect. Now I am not saying it is probably technically the best movie or whatever but to me it is a perfect film.
Clearly this was a movie that needed word-of-mouth to find an audience, and indeed business was slowly but steadily growing when it was yanked from theaters.
How does this movie score an 80? Such a daunting task requires an extremely capable artist with an undeniable managerial capacity and an acutely developed awareness of each element of art in their films, the most prominent; music, visuals, script, and acting.
But he is not violent, just formidably sure of himself.
The Shawshank Redemption delivers much-needed breath of fresh air for anyone who realizes the capability of film. This film is definitely one of the best ever made.