History Film / TheShawshankRedemption

22nd Jul '16 6:40:46 PM HawkbitAlpha
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** A minor example, but a ''literal'' Chekhov's Gun was what got Andy arrested to begin with; he had drunkenly brought a gun to apparently scare his wife and her lover with, but sobered up and disposed of it, leaving him unable to at least prove his innocence with it.



** Happens when [[spoiler:Norton shoots himself. He is shown placing the gun under his chin before the camera quickly cuts away to a shot of his blood splattering onto the window behind him (and the bullet breaking the glass). His corpse with the entry wound and some... stuff on the floor is shown afterwards, though]]. It's a particularly well-executed example of this trope. At no point do we see the bullet enter or exit the head, but Darabont has commented (in the publication of his shooting script) that just by using sound and general ''atmosphere'', one could make the audience think they saw something they didn't.

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** Happens when [[spoiler:Norton shoots himself. He is shown placing the gun under his chin before the camera quickly cuts away to a shot [[AccidentalPun shot]] of his blood splattering onto the window behind him (and the bullet breaking the glass). His corpse with the entry wound and some... stuff on the floor is shown afterwards, though]]. It's a particularly well-executed example of this trope. At no point do we see the bullet enter or exit the head, but Darabont has commented (in the publication of his shooting script) that just by using sound and general ''atmosphere'', one could make the audience think they saw something they didn't.



* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: Done for reasons the audience can sympathize with. [[spoiler:Andy is secretly planning to escape from prison and [[FramingTheGuiltyParty "expose" the warden]] [[PullingTheThread as a crook]]]]. The warden would have him break the law anyway. He says he never broke the law before going to jail, and we see nothing to contradict him.

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* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: The [[TropeNamer.]] Done for reasons the audience can sympathize with. [[spoiler:Andy is secretly planning to escape from prison and [[FramingTheGuiltyParty "expose" the warden]] [[PullingTheThread as a crook]]]]. The warden would have him break the law anyway. He says he never broke the law before going to jail, and we see nothing to contradict him.



--> '''Red''': The guards just didn't notice it. Can't say I did either. I mean seriously, how often do you notice a man's [[spoiler: shoes]]?

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--> '''Red''': The guards just didn't notice it. Can't say I it, and neither did either. I. I mean mean, seriously, how often do you notice really look at a man's [[spoiler: shoes]]?



** [[spoiler:Heywood]] did this earlier in the movie, as he taunted an emotionally-overwhelmed prisoner by reeling him in with what starts out sounding reassuring, only to go on to something that is practically the opposite of reassuring. However, it's clear in the aftermath that he didn't want the guy to get hurt, he just wanted to win the contest. Especially when he's told that he died. He's one of the few other than Andy who really reacts to the death.
--->"''Don't you listen to these nitwits, you hear me? This place ain't so bad. Tell you what, I'll introduce you around, make you feel right at home. I know a couple of big old bull queers that'd just [[PrisonRape love to make your acquaintance. Especially that big, white, mushy butt of yours]].''"
** That emotionally-overwhelmed prisoner then broke down in tears, and [[spoiler:Heywood]] laughed at this out loud. That is countered somewhat by the aforementioned reaction having copious amounts of MyGodWhatHaveIDone implied.

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** [[spoiler:Heywood]] did this earlier in the movie, as he taunted an emotionally-overwhelmed prisoner by reeling him in with what starts out sounding reassuring, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick only to go on to something that is practically the opposite of reassuring.reassuring]]. However, it's clear in the aftermath that he didn't want the guy to get hurt, he just wanted to win the contest. Especially when he's told that he died. He's one of the few other than Andy who really reacts to the death.
--->"''Don't you listen to these nitwits, you hear me? This place ain't so bad. Tell you what, I'll introduce you around, make you feel right at home. I [[I know a couple of big old bull queers that'd just [[PrisonRape PrisonRape love to make your acquaintance. Especially that big, white, mushy butt of yours]].''"
** That *** Said emotionally-overwhelmed prisoner then broke down in tears, and [[spoiler:Heywood]] laughed at this out loud. That is countered somewhat by the aforementioned reaction having copious amounts of MyGodWhatHaveIDone implied.



** Also a ChekhovsGun: Andy notices the names of two prisoners who occupied his cell previously carved into the wall, and proceeded to do the same with his rock hammer. [[spoiler:Instead, he ends up scraping a whole chunk out of the wall, and realizes how he can put together an escape plan.]]



*** Special mention for Hadley because if Red is to be believed, [[spoiler: he cried like a little girl when he got arrested. Again, what exactly did Hadley beat Fatass to death for doing?]]

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*** Special mention for Hadley because if Red Red's source is to be believed, [[spoiler: he cried like a little girl when he got arrested. Again, what exactly did Hadley beat Fatass to death for doing?]]



* RecordNeedleScratch: Literally, when Hadley busts into Norton's office and puts an end to Andy's playing of ''Le Nozze di Figaro''. "On your feet!"

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* RecordNeedleScratch: Literally, when Hadley busts into Norton's office and puts an end to Andy's playing of ''Le Nozze di Figaro''. [[CatchPhrase "On your feet!"feet!"]]



* RedemptionInTheRain: [[TropeCodifier The Canonical One]].

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* RedemptionInTheRain: [[TropeCodifier The Canonical One]].[[TropeCodifier]].
19th Jul '16 7:22:13 AM Runefurb
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** Brooks is also a composite of several characters mentioned in passing in the novella.

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** Brooks is also a composite of several two characters mentioned in passing in the novella.novella (Sherwood Bolton, who has a pigeon named Jake, and Brooks Hatlen, who was the head of the prison library. In the novella, both these characters are released, and no more is heard from them).
18th Jul '16 11:58:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Andy and Red.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Andy and Red.Red becomes inseparable best friends for the rest of their lives through their experience in prison. WordOfGod even describes the movie as a platonic love story.
23rd Jun '16 3:26:17 PM Gitman
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--> Andy: "What are you in for?" Red: "Murder." Andy: "Did you do it?" Red: "Only guilty man in Shawshank."

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--> Andy: "What are you in for?" Red: "Murder. Same as you." Andy: "Did you do it?" Red: "Only guilty man in Shawshank."
23rd Jun '16 2:51:50 PM Gitman
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-->'''Board Member:''' Ellis Boyd Redding, your files say you've served 40 years of a life sentence. Do you feel you've been rehabilitated?\\
'''Red:''' Rehabilitated? Well, now let me see. You know, I don't have any idea what that means.\\
'''Board Member:''' Well, it means that you're ready to rejoin society--\\
'''Red:''' I know what you think it means, sonny. To me, it's just a made up word. A politician's word, so 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?\\
'''Board Member:''' Well, are you?\\
'''Red:''' 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 to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone, and this old man is all that's left. I got to live with that. Rehabilitated? 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.
22nd Jun '16 12:48:07 PM jameygamer
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* FourIsDeath: Hadley takes 4 shots at [[spoiler:Tommy when killing him.]]
12th May '16 8:42:38 PM Fireblood
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* MythologyGag: In one scene, Andy asks Red (played by Morgan Freeman) how he got his nickname. He thinks for a moment and replies with an ironic grin, [[SureLetsGoWithThat "Maybe it's because I'm Irish."]] In the novella, Red was indeed a red-haired Irishman.
* NeverGoingBackToPrison: Inverted. Inmates like Red and Brooks have spent the vast majority of their lives behind bars, and find readjusting to the outside world, which has changed radically in the meantime, almost impossible. It makes them long to go back to jail, back to what they're used to. [[spoiler:Brooks can't adjust, and is DrivenToSuicide. Red is given a reason to continue, thanks to Andy]].

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* MythologyGag: In one scene, Andy asks Red (played by Morgan Freeman) how he got his nickname. He thinks for a moment and replies with an ironic grin, [[SureLetsGoWithThat "Maybe it's because I'm Irish."]] In the novella, Red was indeed a red-haired Irishman.
Irishman. Here, it's from his last name, Redding.
* NeverGoingBackToPrison: Inverted.{{Inverted}}. Inmates like Red and Brooks have spent the vast majority of their lives behind bars, and find readjusting to the outside world, which has changed radically in the meantime, almost impossible. It makes them long to go back to jail, back to what they're used to. [[spoiler:Brooks can't adjust, and is DrivenToSuicide. Red is given a reason to continue, thanks to Andy]].



* NominalImportance: PlayedWith - the rest of the 8-man band bar Andy and Red were never introduced and we only see them as "those guys Andy and Red hang out with" (with the exception of Heywood, which serves as something of a comic relief). They actually ''do'' have names, though mentioned only in the credits and if you analyse the throwaway conversations. Ranked in order of relative importance after Andy, Red, and Heywood:

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* NominalImportance: PlayedWith - the rest of the 8-man band bar Andy and Red were never introduced and we only see them as "those guys Andy and Red hang out with" (with the exception of Heywood, which serves as something of a comic relief). They actually ''do'' have names, though it's mentioned only in the credits and if you analyse the throwaway conversations. Ranked in order of relative importance after Andy, Red, and Heywood:



* TheOldConvict: Red, to an extent, but more certainly Brooks, an elderly man who finds he is unable to adjust to life outside prison walls. Brooks was in prison for so long, since 1905, that when he's released in the '50's, it's a world he can't recognize. For one thing Brooks remarks that when he went in, he'd only seen one car, when he was a boy.

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* TheOldConvict: Red, to an extent, but more certainly Brooks, an elderly man who finds he is unable to adjust to life outside prison walls. Brooks was in prison for so long, since 1905, 1910, that when he's released in the '50's, '50s, it's a world he can't recognize. For one thing Brooks remarks that when he went in, he'd only seen one car, when he was a boy.



* WordSaladTitle: One of the main reasons the movie had poor box office. To even vaguely understand it, you have to know that Shawshank is a prison... but it's a fictional one, so the only way you'd know that is by seeing the movie or reading the book in the first place. This is why it's averted in Russian translation, where both the original book and the movie were titled ''Escape from Shawshank''

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* WordSaladTitle: One of the main reasons the movie had poor box office. To even vaguely understand it, you have to know that Shawshank is a prison... but it's a fictional one, so the only way you'd know that is by seeing the movie or reading the book in the first place. This is why it's averted in the Russian translation, where both the original book and the movie were titled ''Escape from Shawshank''Shawshank''.
27th Mar '16 7:01:28 AM Lolapola
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Heywood comes off as quite obnoxious and sadistic at first, but then later he begs a fat prisoner to stop sobbing out of concern.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Heywood comes off as quite obnoxious and sadistic at first, but then later he begs a fat prisoner to stop sobbing out of concern. He is also visibly shocked and remorseful when he thinks he may have inadvertantly sold Andy the means to kill himself.


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** Hadley also redeems himself if only for a moment with the [[LaserGuidedKarma well deserved]] beating of Bogs, even if he was only repaying his debt to Andy/keeping him around in case he's useful.
16th Mar '16 12:27:49 AM SuperSauce
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** That emotionally-overwhelmed prisoner then broke down in tears, and [[spoiler:Heywood]] laughed at this out loud.

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** That emotionally-overwhelmed prisoner then broke down in tears, and [[spoiler:Heywood]] laughed at this out loud. That is countered somewhat by the aforementioned reaction having copious amounts of MyGodWhatHaveIDone implied.
16th Mar '16 12:25:44 AM SuperSauce
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* KarmaHoudini: The actual murderer of Andy's wife. [[spoiler: He was apparently locked up in another prison for an unrelated crime when he confessed to doing it. We don't find out what became of him afterwards]].

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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The actual murderer of Andy's wife. [[spoiler: He was apparently locked up in another prison for an unrelated crime when he confessed to doing it. We don't find out what became of him afterwards]].afterwards]].
** The lackeys in the [[PrisonRape Sisters]] group as well, in the movie version. Bogs received his LaserGuidedKarma but the viewer isn't told what happens to the rest of them.
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