History Film / TheShawshankRedemption

12th Jan '17 5:03:42 PM dunicha
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* SmugSnake: Blatch, the only criminal in the movie to 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 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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* SmugSnake: Blatch, the only criminal in the movie to 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 backfire, and yet [[spoiler:because of the warden's desire to keep this his own crimes 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.
12th Jan '17 4:53:58 PM dunicha
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** And, as noted under KarmaHoudini, the man who really killed Andy's wife is never heard from again.
14th Dec '16 7:49:27 AM Pysiewicz
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In 1947, young banker Andy Dufresne (Creator/TimRobbins) is wrongly convicted and found guilty of the murder of his wife and her lover; he is sentenced to life in prison, and his sentence is to be served at Maine's Shawshank penitentiary. The conditions are terrible, many of his fellow prisoners are sadistic, and many of the guards are even worse -- but life begins to look up as Dufresne becomes acquainted with an old black con, Ellis Redding (Creator/MorganFreeman, who also serves in-character as the movie's narrator), commonly referred to as Red. A friendship begins after Red (whose nickname is drawn from his surname; in the original story he was a red-haired Irishman and his real name was never given), "the man who knows how to get things," procures a rock hammer for Dufresne, an object he wishes to own in order to carve an alabaster-and-soapstone chess set. The friendship will only strengthen over the coming years.

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In 1947, young banker Andy Dufresne (Creator/TimRobbins) is wrongly convicted and found guilty of the murder of his wife and her lover; he is sentenced to life in prison, and his sentence is to be served at Maine's Shawshank penitentiary. The conditions are terrible, many of his fellow prisoners are sadistic, and many of the guards are even worse -- but life begins to look up as Dufresne becomes acquainted with an old black con, Ellis Redding (Creator/MorganFreeman, who also serves in-character as the movie's narrator), commonly referred to as Red. A friendship begins after Red (whose nickname is drawn from his surname; in the original story he was a red-haired Irishman and his real name was never given), "the man who knows how to get things," procures a rock hammer for Dufresne, an object he wishes to own in order to carve an alabaster-and-soapstone chess set. The friendship will only strengthen over the coming years.
30th Nov '16 4:21:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}:
** Hadley. [[spoiler:Though it's apparently subverted in the end, when Red says he heard he "cried like a little girl" when arrested]].
** Andy plays this straight as not only did Red lose a bet about him crying on the first day, but he also [[spoiler: escaped Shawshank and got Norton and Hadley arrested at the end.]]
2nd Nov '16 9:30:41 AM Erkhyan
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** It was ''Les Évadés'' (The Escaped) in France, and ''À l'ombre de Shawshank'' (Under the shadow of Shawshank) in French-speaking Canada.
22nd Oct '16 6:34:19 PM Wyvern76
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* ContrivedCoincidence: A man killed Andy's wife and her lover in their motel room on the exact night that Andy was drunkenly stalking them with a loaded gun.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: A man killed Andy's wife and her lover in their motel room on the exact night that Andy was drunkenly stalking them with a loaded gun.
20th Oct '16 1:56:00 PM Gitman
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* GreaterScopeVillain: The entire reason Andy is in Shawshank is because [[spoiler:Elmo Blatch]] killed Andy's wife and her lover. However, he's never encountered in the film itself.
%%* GuileHero: Andy.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: The entire reason Andy is in Shawshank is because [[spoiler:Elmo Blatch]] killed Andy's wife and her lover. However, he's never encountered in the film itself.
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itself, except in a flashback as Tommy tells his story.
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GuileHero: Andy.Andy is an inmate in prison for murder, and as such he has little freedom, few rights and no authority. He must use his wits to accomplish his goals.
1st Oct '16 11:45:45 AM Aquila89
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* HairFlip: The prisoners are shown watching''{{Gilda}}''. When Creator/RitaHayworth flips her hair back, the entire audience cheers and whistles.

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* HairFlip: The prisoners are shown watching''{{Gilda}}''.watching ''Film/{{Gilda}}''. When Creator/RitaHayworth flips her hair back, the entire audience cheers and whistles.
1st Oct '16 11:44:57 AM Aquila89
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* HairFlip: The prisoners are shown watching''{{Gilda}}''. When Creator/RitaHayworth flips her hair back, the entire audience cheers and whistles.
-->'''Red:''' This is the part I really like, when she does that shit with her hair.
-->'''Andy:''' Oh, yeah, I know. I've seen it three times this month.
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]].
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