Andy is destined to live out his life in prison for a crime he did not commit. In the company of inmates being robbed of hope, slowly & steadily ; as their souls are being hollowed out. Andy is useful to prison authorities. He gets to move around the premises in the course of doing his work. One day as a friendly prison official is in the washroom, Andy puts on music. The music casts a spell.
This is a scene to experience.
“I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid.I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.”