The Shawshank Redemption: Michael Weinstein
Gregory Kirschling
May 20, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Why ”The Shawshank Redemption” is one of the top 10 cult movies

A Best Picture nominee, TNT ”New Classic,” and cult flick? We crawled through 500 yards of unimaginable sewer foulness to deliver it to this list, so you’d better believe it. C’mon, it flopped only to explode on video, culminating in a long-standing No. 1 rating on IMDb’s best-movies ranking. (It’s now fallen behind ”The Godfather.”) And Tim Robbins’ Andy Dufresne lends subversive appeal that offsets Morgan Freeman’s Oscar-bait narration; solitary and stoic, Andy fits neatly alongside Willy Wonka and Bud Cort’s Harold in the pantheon of cult-movie heroes.
SIGNATURE LINE ”Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”
WHO’S IN THE CULT Your dad.

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