History Film / TheShawshankRedemption

11th Sep '16 8:18:55 PM Fireblood
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** Andy's first beating at the hands of the sisters. We see it beginning, but once Andy is knocked to the ground, the camera slowly retreats around a corner and away from the sight of the beating, though we can still hear it happening.

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** Andy's first beating at the hands of the sisters.Sisters. We see it beginning, but once Andy is knocked to the ground, the camera slowly retreats around a corner and away from the sight of the beating, though we can still hear it happening.



* HollywoodNewEngland: Like many of Stephen King's novels and films, both the book and the film are set in the State of Maine. Many often confuse the film's setting for Ohio, where it was filmed (despite Maine being mentioned many times in the film). The warden sports a hint of a Maine accent, but is the only character to do so.

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* HollywoodNewEngland: Like many of Stephen King's novels and films, both the book and the film are set in the State of his native Maine. Many often confuse the film's setting for Ohio, where it was filmed (despite Maine being mentioned many times in the film). The warden sports a hint of a Maine accent, but is the only character to do so.



** It's direct and extremely brutal in the scene itself. [[spoiler: Warden Norton's exchange with Tommy '''''strongly''''' suggests that he's willing to move on Andy's innocence. As soon as Tommy makes Norton "sure," Hadley shoots and kills him from a guard tower. Right afterward, Norton visits Andy in solitary, in one incredibly nasty KickTheDog scene]].

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** It's direct and extremely brutal in the scene itself. [[spoiler: Warden Norton's exchange with Tommy '''''strongly''''' suggests that he's willing to move on Andy's innocence. As soon as Tommy makes Norton "sure," ''sure''. Hadley shoots and kills him from a guard tower. Right afterward, Norton visits Andy in solitary, in one incredibly nasty KickTheDog scene]].
11th Sep '16 8:18:55 PM Fireblood
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11th Sep '16 7:31:12 PM Fireblood
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** In the book, Stephen King is careful to draw a distinction between heterosexuals who just 'come to an arrangement', actual homosexuals and the 'sisters', who are just depraved rapists.

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** In the book, Stephen King is careful to draw a distinction between heterosexuals who just 'come '[[SitchSexuality come to an arrangement', arrangement]]', actual homosexuals and the 'sisters', who are just depraved rapists.
11th Sep '16 6:54:10 PM Fireblood
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** The movie adds further explanation as to where Andy hid his rock hammer while in prison [[spoiler:Andy hides the hammer in his prison issue bible in the book of Exodus]]. As with most of Frank Darabont's adaptations of King's works this change is subtly brilliant.

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** The movie adds further explanation as to where Andy hid his rock hammer while in prison prison. [[spoiler:Andy hides the hammer in his prison issue bible in the book of Exodus]]. As with most of Frank Darabont's adaptations of King's works this change is subtly brilliant.



* ArtisticLicensePhysics: When Andy breaks the pipe, sewage fountains out, upwards making a great image for the cinematographer. However because the end of the pipe Andy crawls out of was not sealed the sewage wouldn't have been under any pressure at all.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: When Andy breaks the pipe, sewage fountains out, going upwards making to make a great image for the cinematographer. However because the end of the pipe Andy crawls out of was not sealed the sewage wouldn't have been under any pressure at all.



* BadassBookworm: Andy Dufresne himself, of course, [[spoiler: using his knowledge of biology to explain to one of The Sisters why he wouldn't be able to help it if he "bit" after they hit him in the head, and his knowledge of geology to figure out from the weakness of the wall that he could tunnel his way out]].

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* BadassBookworm: Andy Dufresne himself, of course, [[spoiler: using his knowledge of biology to explain to one of The the Sisters why he wouldn't be able to help it if he "bit" after they hit him in the head, and his knowledge of geology to figure out from the weakness of the wall that he could tunnel his way out]].
11th Sep '16 12:04:28 PM maxwellsilver
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** There are four wardens mentioned in the novella over the years Dufresne is in Shawshank -- in order they were [[CorruptBureaucrat George Dunahy]], Greg Stammas, [[TheFundamentalist Samuel Norton]] and Rich Gonyar. Only Norton is dealt with in the film adaptation.
** The movie decides to [[spoiler: [[DeathByAdaptation kill off Tommy]]]], while the novella [[spoiler: simply sees him [[PutOnABus transferred]]]].

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** There are four wardens mentioned in the novella over the years Dufresne is in Shawshank -- in order they were [[CorruptBureaucrat George Dunahy]], Dunahy, Greg Stammas, [[TheFundamentalist Samuel Norton]] Norton and Rich Gonyar. Only Norton is dealt with in the film adaptation.
** The movie decides to [[spoiler: [[DeathByAdaptation kill off Tommy]]]], Tommy, while the novella [[spoiler: simply sees him [[PutOnABus transferred]]]].transferred]].



* AssShove: In the novella, Andy smuggles five hundred dollars into the prison by this method. Taken UpToEleven by Red at the end, in which he smuggles out [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis the pages on which he is writing the manuscript]] with the same trick. The novella is nearly one hundred pages long.

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* AssShove: In the novella, Andy smuggles five hundred dollars into the prison by this method. Taken UpToEleven by Red at the end, in which he smuggles out [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis the pages on which he is writing the manuscript]] manuscript with the same trick. The novella is nearly one hundred pages long.



'''Andy:''' Read it. You know how to read? You ignorant [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]?

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'''Andy:''' Read it. You know how to read? You ignorant [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]?fuck?



* BrickJoke: The library sequence. Amusing when the joke is introduced, but hilarious in hindsight. See the [[Funny/TheShawshankRedemption Funny Moments]] section for the dialogue.

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* BrickJoke: The library sequence. Amusing when the joke is introduced, but hilarious in hindsight. See the [[Funny/TheShawshankRedemption Funny Moments]] section Subpage for the dialogue.



--> '''Red:''' I remember thinking it would [[spoiler: take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it. Old Andy did it in less than twenty]].

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--> ---> '''Red:''' I remember thinking it would [[spoiler: take [[spoiler:take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it. Old Andy did it in less than twenty]].



* CaptivityHarmonica: Subverted. Andy gets Red a harmonica as a gift, and he blows a little on it, but doesn't play - because he used to play it ''before'' he went to prison, and wants no reminders of his free days.
* TheChessmaster: Andy. Complete with a ChessMotif [[spoiler: Though mostly in retrospect [[ChekhovsHobby when you realize that the same hobby that allowed Andy to make a chess board helped cover his escape]]]].
* ClearMyName: Tommy makes it crystal-clear; Andy is "[[MiscarriageOfJustice for-real innocent]]", but the Warden is able to thwart his quest for justice.

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* CaptivityHarmonica: Subverted. Andy gets Red a harmonica as a gift, and he blows a little on it, but doesn't play - -- because he used to play it ''before'' he went to prison, and wants no reminders of his free days.
* TheChessmaster: Andy. Complete with a ChessMotif [[spoiler: Though mostly in retrospect [[ChekhovsHobby when you realize that the same hobby that allowed Andy to make a chess board helped cover his escape]]]].
escape]].
* ClearMyName: Tommy makes it crystal-clear; Andy is "[[MiscarriageOfJustice for-real innocent]]", "for-real innocent", but the Warden is able to thwart his quest for justice.



** In the novella, the prison goes through several wardens and guard captains. [[PragmaticAdaptation To save time]] and [[AdaptationDistillation improve story flow]], they are combined into Norton and Hadley for the movie, though it does bring up some FridgeLogic when you realize they've both had their respective positions for fifteen years or so without apparently aging, aside from some slightly graying hair.

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** In the novella, the prison goes through several wardens and guard captains. [[PragmaticAdaptation To save time]] time and [[AdaptationDistillation improve story flow]], flow, they are combined into Norton and Hadley for the movie, though it does bring up some FridgeLogic questions when you realize they've both had their respective positions for fifteen years or so without apparently aging, aside from some slightly graying hair.



* ChronicVillainy: Brooks and Red contemplate breaking their paroles by committing a felony, not out of a criminal instinct -that they no longer have- but because it's a sure way to go back to jail, the only place they feel comfortable. They both find an alternative.

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* ChronicVillainy: Brooks and Red contemplate breaking their paroles by committing a felony, not out of a criminal instinct -that -- that they no longer have- have -- but because it's a sure way to go back to jail, the only place they feel comfortable. They both find an alternative.



'''Norton''': [[BerserkButton Don't you ever mention money to me again]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch you sorry son of a bitch!]] Not in ''this'' office! Not ''anywhere!'' ''[Slaps intercom]'' Get in here! Now!\\

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'''Norton''': [[BerserkButton Don't you ever mention money to me again]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch again, you sorry son of a bitch!]] bitch! Not in ''this'' office! Not ''anywhere!'' ''[Slaps intercom]'' Get in here! Now!\\



--> '''Norton''': ''[To guard]'' Give him another month to think about it.
* DivorceInReno: Andy's disloyal wife wants a divorce. Andy's response - "I'll see you in hell before I'll see you in Reno" - is part of what convinces the jury that he killed her. (Reno was then a divorce Mecca in the days when no-fault divorce was rare.)
* DoubleTake: Heywood gives a nonverbal version of this to Red saying, "[[SmartPeoplePlayChess Guy likes to play chess]]. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Let's get him some rocks]]." (Andy expressed interest in making his own chess set out of rocks he didn't have.) Heywood nods agreeingly, then turns to look at Red confused.

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--> ---> '''Norton''': ''[To guard]'' Give him another month to think about it.
* DivorceInReno: Andy's disloyal wife wants a divorce. Andy's response - -- "I'll see you in hell before I'll see you in Reno" - -- is part of what convinces the jury that he killed her. (Reno was then a divorce Mecca in the days when no-fault divorce was rare.)
* DoubleTake: Heywood gives a nonverbal version of this to Red saying, "[[SmartPeoplePlayChess Guy "Guy likes to play chess]]. [[ItMakesSenseInContext chess. Let's get him some rocks]].rocks." (Andy expressed interest in making his own chess set out of rocks he didn't have.) Heywood nods agreeingly, then turns to look at Red confused.



* TheDragon: Captain Hadley.
* DramaticDrop: Defied by Tommy.
--> '''Tommy''': So I'm backing out the door, right, and I got the TV, like this; it was a big old thing, I couldn't see shit; suddenly I hear this voice, "Freeze, kid, hands in the air." You know, I was standing there, holdin' on to that TV, so finally the voice says, "You hear what I said, boy?" And I say, "Yes sir, I sure did, but if I drop this fucking thing, you got me on destruction of property too."

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* %%* TheDragon: Captain Hadley.
* DramaticDrop: DramaticDrop:
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Defied by Tommy.
--> ---> '''Tommy''': So I'm backing out the door, right, and I got the TV, like this; it was a big old thing, I couldn't see shit; suddenly I hear this voice, "Freeze, kid, hands in the air." You know, I was standing there, holdin' on to that TV, so finally the voice says, "You hear what I said, boy?" And I say, "Yes sir, I sure did, but if I drop this fucking thing, you got me on destruction of property too."



** [[spoiler:[[AlasPoorVillain The villain]] Warden Norton]]

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** [[spoiler:[[AlasPoorVillain The villain]] [[spoiler:The villain Warden Norton]]



** [[spoiler: Andy]] subverts this, and [[ExploitedTrope exploits it]] by deliberately acting as though he is suicidally depressed, in an effort to mislead the other characters as to his ''real'' plan.

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** [[spoiler: Andy]] subverts this, and [[ExploitedTrope exploits it]] it by deliberately acting as though he is suicidally depressed, in an effort to mislead the other characters as to his ''real'' plan.



* ForWantOfANail: Andy throws away his gun at the beginning. Had he not, he would have been able to prove he didn't shoot his wife and her lover, or at least that his gun wasn't the murder weapon. The District Attorney points this out at Andy's trial.



* FreakOut: Andy has one after the warden blows off his request for a new trial. One can hardly blame him - he's been in prison close to twenty years and Norton just killed his only glimmer of hope for getting his name cleared.

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* FreakOut: Andy has one after the warden blows off his request for a new trial. One can hardly blame him - -- he's been in prison close to twenty years and Norton just killed his only glimmer of hope for getting his name cleared.



** Happens when [[spoiler:Norton shoots himself. He is shown placing the gun under his chin before the camera quickly cuts away to a [[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.

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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 [[AccidentalPun shot]] 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.



* GreaterScopeVillain: The entire reason Andy is in Shawshank is because [[spoiler:Elmo Blatch]] killed his wife and her lover. However, he's never encountered in the film itself.
* GuileHero: Andy.
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: The {{Trope Namer|s}}. 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.
* HairTriggerTemper[=/=]PsychoForHire: Capt. Byron Hadley, the warden's right-hand bully - if you cross him, you have one-in-a-million chance to survive and 1% chance your death will be anything less than torture. To be on the safe side, don't talk to Hadley about his wife. Or better yet, don't do '''''anything''''' near, with, or concerning Hadley; his wrath will fall upon you.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: The entire reason Andy is in Shawshank is because [[spoiler:Elmo Blatch]] killed his Andy's wife and her lover. However, he's never encountered in the film itself.
* %%* GuileHero: Andy.
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: The {{Trope Namer|s}}. Done for reasons the audience can sympathize with. [[spoiler:Andy is secretly planning to escape from prison and [[FramingTheGuiltyParty "expose" the warden]] [[PullingTheThread warden as a crook]]]].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.
* HairTriggerTemper[=/=]PsychoForHire: Capt. Byron Hadley, the warden's right-hand bully - -- if you cross him, you have one-in-a-million chance to survive and 1% chance your death will be anything less than torture. To be on the safe side, don't talk to Hadley about his wife. Or better yet, don't do '''''anything''''' near, with, or concerning Hadley; his wrath will fall upon you.



* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Tommy's story about a cellmate who may have killed his wife and her lover suggests Andy can [[ClearMyName clear his name]]. Unfortunately, Warden Norton has other ideas...]].

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* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Tommy's story about a cellmate who may have killed his wife and her lover suggests Andy can [[ClearMyName clear his name]].name. Unfortunately, Warden Norton has other ideas...]].



* HopeSpringsEternal: The subtitle of the novella. It's found in ''Different Seasons'', a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin collection of season-themed stories]].

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* HopeSpringsEternal: The subtitle of the novella. It's found in ''Different Seasons'', a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin collection of season-themed stories]].stories.



** And that's not all. His "[[VillainousBreakdown IT'S A CONSPIRACY]]" rant at the end is obviously a case of projecting his own conspiring nature onto everyone else.

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** And that's not all. His "[[VillainousBreakdown IT'S "IT'S A CONSPIRACY]]" CONSPIRACY" rant at the end is obviously a case of projecting his own conspiring nature onto everyone else.



** At one point, Norton hands Andy back his Bible, assuring him that "Salvation lies within". Just before [[spoiler: escaping]], Andy leaves the Bible in Norton's safe: when Norton opens the Bible, he finds a [[BadassBoast note]] from Andy telling him "Dear Warden, you were right. Salvation lay within." [[spoiler: Andy hollowed out his Bible to hide the rock hammer.]]

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** At one point, Norton hands Andy back his Bible, assuring him that "Salvation lies within". Just before [[spoiler: escaping]], Andy leaves the Bible in Norton's safe: when Norton opens the Bible, he finds a [[BadassBoast note]] note from Andy telling him "Dear Warden, you were right. Salvation lay within." [[spoiler: Andy hollowed out his Bible to hide the rock hammer.]]



* 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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* 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 inadvertently sold Andy the means to kill himself.



** 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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** The lackeys in the [[PrisonRape Sisters]] 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.them, other than they "never bothered Andy again".



** [[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]]. 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]].''"
*** 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.

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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 [[spoiler: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]].''"
*** 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.(implied) MyGodWhatHaveIDone.



** Averted in the novella: Norton and Hadley both simply retire and are never heard from again (although it's established that Norton is a broken man by the end of it all).

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** Averted in the novella: Norton and Hadley both simply retire and are never heard from again (although it's established that Norton is a broken man by the end of it all).all and Hadley dies of a heart attack).



* MagicalNegro: Despite this film being commonly cited as an example of this trope, it is actually an unusual race inversion of this trope. It is pure, angelic Andy that changes Red's life. Inverted on the meta level as well, because the casting called for a white actor with graying red hair (like in the book), but during auditions MorganFreeman nailed the role so perfectly they cast him anyway.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: A variation: [[spoiler:Norton sets up Tommy's murder to look not like an accident, but like a justified shooting during an escape attempt]].

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* MagicalNegro: Despite this film being commonly cited as an example of this trope, it is actually an unusual race inversion of this trope. It is pure, angelic Andy that changes Red's life. Inverted on the meta level as well, because the casting called for a white actor with graying red hair (like in the book), but during auditions MorganFreeman Creator/MorganFreeman nailed the role so perfectly they cast him anyway.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: MakeItLookLikeAnAccident:
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A variation: [[spoiler:Norton sets up Tommy's murder to look not like an accident, but like a justified shooting during an escape attempt]].



** Used as a threat when Andy asks Hadley if he trusts his wife (to give her the $30,000 as a gift to avoid paying taxes):
--> '''Hadley''': (''grabbing Andy with intent to throw him off the roof'') Step aside, Mert. This fucker's havin' himself an accident.

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** Used as a threat when Andy asks Hadley if he trusts his wife (to give her the $30,000 $35,000 as a gift to avoid paying taxes):
--> ---> '''Hadley''': (''grabbing Andy with intent to throw him off the roof'') Step aside, Mert. This fucker's havin' himself an accident.



--->'''Red:''' For the second time in my life, I'm guilty of committing a crime. Parole violation. Course, I doubt they're going to throw up any road blocks for that. Not for an old crook like me."
* MoodWhiplash: When we see Norton having a polite conversation with a young inmate who wants to testify on Andy's behalf, it seems like Norton might be willing to give the guy a chance after all. [[spoiler:Then suddenly a guard shoots said young inmate dead, [[MoralEventHorizon apparently on Norton's orders]]]].
* MoralDissonance: Subverted. At first, Andy's [[spoiler:assistance with money laundering]] may seem like a case of this, but [[spoiler:it turns out that [[{{chessmaster}} he had a plan all along for getting said money launderer busted in the long run]]]].

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--->'''Red:''' For the second time in my life, I'm guilty of committing a crime. Parole violation. Course, I doubt they're going to throw up any road blocks roadblocks for that. Not for an old crook like me."
* MoodWhiplash: When we see Norton having a polite conversation with a young inmate who wants to testify on Andy's behalf, it seems like Norton might be willing to give the guy a chance after all. [[spoiler:Then suddenly a guard shoots said young inmate dead, [[MoralEventHorizon apparently on Norton's orders]]]].
orders]].
* MoralDissonance: Subverted. At first, Andy's [[spoiler:assistance with money laundering]] laundering may seem like a case of this, but [[spoiler:it it turns out that [[{{chessmaster}} he had a plan all along for getting said money launderer busted in the long run]]]].run]].



* 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. Here, it's from his last name, Redding.

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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. Here, it's from his last name, Redding.



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: What Byron administers to the pudgy new inmate that "wins" the New Fish Crying Lottery. [[spoiler:He doesn't survive, and his death is Dufresne's first hard lesson about life in prison: it's pretty cheap]].

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: NoHoldsBarredBeatdown:
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What Byron administers to the pudgy new inmate that "wins" the New Fish Crying Lottery. [[spoiler:He doesn't survive, and his death is Dufresne's first hard lesson about life in prison: it's pretty cheap]].



** Ironically, "Fat Ass" (the one Hadley beat up to death) is never actually named. "What was his name?" Nobody knows, Andy. And one can argue that [[SubvertedTrope he's actually quite an important character]]. Surely more so than, say, Skeet above.

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** Ironically, "Fat Ass" (the one Hadley beat up to death) is never actually named. "What was his name?" Nobody knows, Andy. And one can argue that [[SubvertedTrope he's actually quite an important character]].character. Surely more so than, say, Skeet above.



** Also, the look on his face when [[spoiler:he sees a bible with a hole in it [[BookSafe in which Andy hid the rock hammer with which he dug his way out, likely implying that Norton realized the connection between Andy having escaped and himself being busted]]. Bonus points for being so shocked that he dropped his bible]].

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** Also, the look on his face when [[spoiler:he sees a bible with a hole in it [[BookSafe in which Andy hid the rock hammer with which he dug his way out, likely implying that Norton realized the connection between Andy having escaped and himself being busted]].busted. Bonus points for being so shocked that he dropped his bible]].



** 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.

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** Hadley also redeems himself if only for a moment with the [[LaserGuidedKarma well deserved]] deserved beating of Bogs, even if he was only repaying his debt to Andy/keeping him around in case he's useful.



* PoliceBrutality: Taken UpToEleven by Hadley.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: {{The Movie}}. There are few, if any, stronger and clearer examples out there.

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* PoliceBrutality: Taken UpToEleven by Hadley.
Hadley beats a man to death for crying, beats Boggs until he's paralysed for life and [[spoiler:shoots Tommy and frames it as a failed escape attempt for agreeing to testify to Andy's innocence]]. He also threatens to have Andy "accidentally" fall off the roof.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: {{The Movie}}.The Movie. There are few, if any, stronger and clearer examples out there.



--> "Wait, he's innocent? Like, ''for-real'' innocent?" [[spoiler: Heywood after hearing [[HopeSpot Tommy's story.]]]]

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--> "Wait, he's innocent? Like, ''for-real'' innocent?" [[spoiler: Heywood after hearing [[HopeSpot Tommy's story.]]]]]]



* ShoutOut: Many to ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' ("by Alexandree [[{{Malaproper}} Dumbass]]").

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* ShoutOut: Many to ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' ("by Alexandree [[{{Malaproper}} Dumbass]]").Dumbass").



--> '''Red''': This is the part I really like, when she does [[HairFlip that shit with her hair]].

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--> '''Red''': This is the part I really like, when she does [[HairFlip that shit with her hair]].hair.



** The alias Andy invents, "Randall Stephens". "Randall," after Randall Flagg, a recurring villain in Stephen King's books (best known as the BigBad of ''Literature/TheStand'' and as [[Franchise/TheDarkTower Roland Deschain]]'s nemesis). "Stephens", after Creator/StephenKing (in the novella, the name he makes up is "Peter Stephens").
* SmugSnake: Blatch, the only criminal in the movie to [[EvilGloating gloat to others about killing people]]. [[spoiler:In his conversation with Tommy, Blatch mentions the very murders that get pinned on Andy]]. You'd think this would be the kind of thing that would [[TemptingFate backfire]], and yet [[spoiler:because of the warden's desire to keep this secret, Blatch gets away with this in spite of said gloating]]. For contrast, most inmates claim innocence, while Red claims guilt but also remorse. Also, Warden Norton, who thinks he has the perfect setup and has complete control of the situation. He's played like a fiddle in the climax by Andy.

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** The alias Andy invents, "Randall Stephens". "Randall," after Randall Flagg, a recurring villain in Stephen King's Creator/StephenKing's books (best known as the BigBad of ''Literature/TheStand'' and as [[Franchise/TheDarkTower Roland Deschain]]'s nemesis). "Stephens", after Creator/StephenKing Stephen King (in the novella, the name he makes up is "Peter Stephens").
* SmugSnake: Blatch, the only criminal in the movie to [[EvilGloating gloat to others about killing people]].people. [[spoiler:In his conversation with Tommy, Blatch mentions the very murders that get pinned on Andy]]. You'd think this would be the kind of thing that would [[TemptingFate backfire]], backfire, and yet [[spoiler:because of the warden's desire to keep this secret, Blatch gets away with this in spite of said gloating]]. For contrast, most inmates claim innocence, while Red claims guilt but also remorse. Also, Warden Norton, who thinks he has the perfect setup and has complete control of the situation. He's played like a fiddle in the climax by Andy.



* TaxmanTakesTheWinnings: Byron Hadley, the sadistic captain of the prison guard, receives an inheritance of $35,000, but he complains about taxes coming to take most of it away, even if he decides to buy something with it. The main character, Andy Dufresne, overhears him and offers to guide him through a financial loophole to allow him to keep the whole sum.

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* TaxmanTakesTheWinnings: Byron Hadley, the sadistic captain of the prison guard, receives an inheritance of $35,000, but he complains about taxes coming to take most of it away, even if he decides to buy something with it. The main character, Andy Dufresne, Dufresne overhears him and offers to guide him through a financial loophole to allow him to keep the whole sum.



* TragicMistake: Andy throws away his gun at the beginning. Had he not, he would have been able to prove he didn't shoot his wife and her lover, or at least that his gun wasn't the murder weapon.



** In Spain it was just "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Life Imprisonment]]". Funny thing, the following year's ''Film/DeadManWalking'' was called just "Death Penalty" too...

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** In Spain it was just "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Life Imprisonment]]"."Life Imprisonment". Funny thing, the following year's ''Film/DeadManWalking'' was called just "Death Penalty" too...



-->''"[[TheStinger You know the funny thing is, on the outside I was a well-adjusted man, straight as an arrow.]] [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife I had to come to TV Tropes to ruin my life.]]"''

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-->''"[[TheStinger You -->''"You know the funny thing is, on the outside I was a well-adjusted man, straight as an arrow.]] arrow. [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife I had to come to TV Tropes to ruin my life.]]"''
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--->Red: For the second time in my life, I'm guilty of committing a crime. Parole violation. Course, I doubt they're going to throw up any road blocks for that. Not for an old crook like me."

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--->Red: --->'''Red:''' For the second time in my life, I'm guilty of committing a crime. Parole violation. Course, I doubt they're going to throw up any road blocks for that. Not for an old crook like me."
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** Red when he chooses to flee to Mexico. He carves his name by Brooks' in the halfway house, then packs his suitcase and leaves. Some of his words from there echo his own from one of his talks with Andy, and Brooks' words from his suicide letter.
--->Red: For the second time in my life, I'm guilty of committing a crime. Parole violation. Course, I doubt they're going to throw up any road blocks for that. Not for an old crook like me."
8th Aug '16 9:43:47 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: At the climax, we're led to believe that Andy is planning suicide. He gives Red a dramatic speech about the choice between living and dying, he buys a length of rope from Heywood, and he fails to line up for roll-call the morning after, with a DiscretionShot of said guard's stunned face taking up the screen when he investigates his cell. Surprise! Andy actually escaped in the night. That big Rita Hayworth / Marilyn Monroe / Raquel Welch poster was covering up his escape tunnel the whole time, and he needed the rope to drag a bag of supplies behind him]].
* RedemptionInTheRain: The [[TropeCodifier]].

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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the climax, we're led to believe that Andy is planning suicide. He gives Red a dramatic speech about the choice between living and dying, he buys a length of rope from Heywood, and he fails to line up for roll-call the morning after, with a DiscretionShot of said guard's stunned face taking up the screen when he investigates his cell. Surprise! Andy actually escaped in the night. That big Rita Hayworth / Marilyn Monroe / Raquel Hayworth[=/=]Marilyn Monroe[=/=]Raquel Welch poster was covering up his escape tunnel the whole time, and he needed the rope to drag a bag of supplies behind him]].
* RedemptionInTheRain: The [[TropeCodifier]].TropeCodifier.
5th Aug '16 10:30:05 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* GreaterScopeVillain: The entire reason Andy is in Shawshank is because [[spoiler:Elmo Blatch]] killed his wife and her lover. However, he's never encountered in the film itself.
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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.
* HairTriggerTemper/ PsychoForHire: Capt. Byron Hadley, the warden's right-hand bully - if you cross him, you have one-in-a-million chance to survive and 1% chance your death will be anything less than torture. To be on the safe side, don't talk to Hadley about his wife. Or better yet, don't do '''''anything''''' near, with, or concerning Hadley; his wrath will fall upon you.

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* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: The [[TropeNamer.]] {{Trope Namer|s}}. 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.
* HairTriggerTemper/ PsychoForHire: HairTriggerTemper[=/=]PsychoForHire: Capt. Byron Hadley, the warden's right-hand bully - if you cross him, you have one-in-a-million chance to survive and 1% chance your death will be anything less than torture. To be on the safe side, don't talk to Hadley about his wife. Or better yet, don't do '''''anything''''' near, with, or concerning Hadley; his wrath will fall upon you.



* HiddenInPlainSight: How Andy makes off with Warden Norton's [[spoiler: shoes]].

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* HiddenInPlainSight: How Andy makes off with Warden Norton's [[spoiler: shoes]].[[spoiler:shoes]].



-->'''Warden Norton:''' ''[Very sarcastically]'' Lord! It's a miracle! [[spoiler: The man up and vanished like a fart in the wind!]]

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-->'''Warden Norton:''' ''[Very sarcastically]'' Lord! It's a miracle! [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The man up and vanished like a fart in the wind!]]



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