The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption
In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of a double murder, even though he stubbornly proclaims his innocence. He's sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison in Maine, where another lifer, Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), picks him as the new recruit most likely to crack under the pressure. The ugly realities of prison life are quickly introduced to Andy: a corrupt warden (Bob Gunton), sadistic guards led by Capt. Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown), and inmates who are little better than animals, willing to use rape or beatings to insure their dominance. But Andy does not crack: he has the hope of the truly innocent, which (together with his smarts) allow him to prevail behind bars. He uses his banking skills to win favor with the warden and the guards, doing the books for Norton's illegal business schemes and keeping an eye on the investments of most of the prison staff. In exchange, he is able to improve the prison library and bring some dignity and respect back to many of the inmates, including Red. Based on a story by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption was the directorial debut of screenwriter Frank Darabont.

Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, Bill Sadler, Clancy Brown

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Year: 1994
Running Time: 142 minutes
Genre: Drama
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00:04:30
Andy is drinking "Rosewood Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey"

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The photo is actually of Morgan Freeman's son, Alfonso Freeman. Alfonso also has a cameo as an inmate during the scene when Andy and the other prisoners first come to Shawshank (00:11:43).

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The exterior shots of Shawshank Prison are actually Mansfield Reformatory at 100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield, OH. (See photo)

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The black guy is actually Morgan Freeman's son, Alfonso Freeman. His photo is also used as Red's mugshot in the parole hearing scenes (00:07:25).

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00:13:58
Shawshank prison is mentioned in several Stephen King stories, usually as the prison where characters are sentenced to serve time.

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Clancy Brown (Captain Hadley) also played a character named Captain Hadley in The Guardian (2006).

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Clancy Brown (Captain Hadley) had offers from real prison guards to train him for his role, but he refused because he didn't want real-life law enforcement to be credited with creating such an evil character.

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Google definition: Magnanimous

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Gilda (1946) starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford.

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas was originally published as many parts entries in a French magazine between 1844 and 1846.

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Hank Williams' real name was Hiram King Williams. Born September 17, 1923, died January 1, 1953.

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Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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01:45:33
"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins)

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01:51:53
Red's cell number is 237. 237 is also the room number in The Shining (although in Stephen King's novel, the room number was 217.)

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Notice the photo of Albert Einstein on the wall. Tim Robbins was also in I.Q. (1994) which started filming just a few months after The Shawshank Redemption finished filming.

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02:02:27
Red mentions that Andy broke out of Shawshank prison in 1966. That is the same year that Miranda v. Arizona was decided and the police were required to read a person their rights when arresting them. That is why the officer is reading the Miranda Rights from a piece of paper.

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"Cattle punching on a Jack Rabbit" is the blank postcard that Andy sent Red from Fort Hancock, TX.

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Fort Hancock, TX

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Filming location: This great oak tree is located at 3220 Pleasant Valley Rd., Lucas, Ohio.

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The tin Andy buried for Red is a candy tin from Bensons Confectionery Limited of Bury, Lancashire, England. The tin measures approximately 5.5" x 8" with a hinged cover. It features an image of the R. M. S. Queen Mary.

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The serial number of the first $50 bill is D 68007285 A.

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02:15:00
"Dear Red, If you're reading this, you've gotten out. And if you've come this far, maybe you're willing to come a little further. You remember the name of the town, don't you? I could use a good man to help me get my project on wheels. I'll keep an eye out for you, and the chess board ready. Remember Red, hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well. Your friend, Andy"

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