Earlier this week, the cast of The Shawshank Redemption reunited in Hollywood for a 20th anniversary screening of the film.
A box office flop when it was first released in 1994, Shawshank has since earned its place on the short list of true modern cinematic classics.
Life-affirming but never cloying; heart-wrenching without being manipulative, Shawshank is one of those rare films whose appeal transcends generational boundaries and the demographic niches that usually determine a film's success.
No small feat for a film that features a murder and a rape scene in its first 20 minutes.
Yes, unlike other films that have survived as sentimental favorites, Shawshank is no family-friendly romp.
A tale of brutality and injustice of the highest order, Shawshank - like its protagonist in the film's thrilling climax - takes the hard road to an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion.