The Shawshank Redemption, a prison movie (long too, at a little over 2 hours), did poorly at the box-office, even after winning 7 Academy Awards, but went on to become one of the routinely top 5 best films of the Internet Movie Database (imdb) worldwide vote, always within the top 250, and a video/DVD all-time rental best-seller for years.
What is it about this film that has attracted so many?
And what does it have to do with Chronic Pain?
In a word: Hope. And if we’re up to two words:
Hope and Redemption
(well, yeah, obviously if you’re willing to take the movie promo-risk of putting it in the title)…
A great review by Roger Ebert can be found here, and if you’re looking for a great go-to Chronic Pain coping skill aid, this film might just do the trick!
“When they put you in that cell,” Red (the main convict in the film) says, “when those bars slam home, that’s when you know it’s for real. Old life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it.”
“We’ve been shown by Andy’s example (the other main convict) that you have to keep true to yourself, not lose hope, bide your time, set a quiet example and look for your chance. ” ~ Roger Ebert (who knew a thing or two about pain, hope and setting a quiet example)
“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really,” he tells Red. “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”