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The Shawshank Redemption is an American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, first released on September 23, 1994. Based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, it tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary (prison pictured) for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, contraband smuggler Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), and becomes instrumental in a money laundering operation led by the prison warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton). The film received positive reviews, but earned only $16 million during its initial theatrical run. After garnering seven Academy Award nominations, it was one of the top rented films of 1995, and totaled $58.3 million at the box office after a theatrical re-release. In 2015, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry. (Full article...)
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Sketch of the hall of the Ringkirche by Otzen
- ... that in 1894, the Ringkirche was the first Protestant church to follow the Wiesbadener Programm of Johannes Otzen, which focused on providing a clear view of the combined altar, pulpit, and organ areas (architect's sketch shown)?
- ... that Mary van Kleeck, a social reformer and labor activist, was the first woman appointed to a position of authority in the American government during World War I?
- ... that the metabolic rate of Rhoptropus bradfieldi is about a quarter of that of other desert lizards?
- ... that following an injustice suffered by the British consul, Charles Sotheby trained his frigate's guns on the Bey of Rhodes' house and opened fire?
- ... that the Lake, completed in 1858, was the first feature to be finished in New York City's Central Park?
- ... that Leo Frobenius led 12 German Inner Africa Research Expeditions between 1904 and 1935?
- ... that Filipino-born scientist Ye Zhupei founded chemical metallurgy in China, while his American wife became an English professor who taught the future Chinese foreign minister Li Zhaoxing?
- ... that Katharine Hepburn is said to have encountered snakes in the living room of Misty Mountain?
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