Parole Hearing

from The Shawshank Redemption

Ellis Boyd Redding your file says you've served 40 years of a life sentence.

Do you feel you've been rehabilitated?


Well, now let me see…

You know, I don't have any idea what that means.

Well, it means that you're ready to rejoin society…

I know what you think it means, sonny.

To me it's just a made up word, a politician's word…

so that young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie and have a job.

What do you really want to know?

Am I sorry for what I did?

Well, are you?

There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret.

not because I'm in here…

…or because you think I should.

I look back on the way I was then

a young stupid kid

who committed that terrible crime.

I want to talk to him.
I want to try and talk some sense to him,
tell him the way things are.

but I can't.

That kid is long gone

…and this old man is all that's left.

I got to live with that.

It's just a bullshit word.

So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time.

Because to tell you the truth

I don't give a shit.