History Film / TheShawshankRedemption

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.
15th Mar '16 9:05:22 PM SuperSauce
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* HeHadAName: "What was his name?"

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* HeHadAName: Andy asks of "Fat Ass": "What was his name?"name?" Except that he really didn't; not even the ''credits'' grant him the courtesy.
14th Mar '16 8:49:27 AM Gitman
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* CharacterTic: Hadley takes his hat off seconds before brutally beating the crying fat inmate. When Boggs returns from solitary confinement after hospitalizing Andy, he finds Hadley waiting for him in his cell. [[http://youtu.be/LiW7Jqld4_I?t=56s Hadley takes his hat off...]].

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* CharacterTic: Hadley takes his hat off seconds before brutally beating the crying fat inmate. When Boggs Bogs returns from solitary confinement after hospitalizing Andy, he finds Hadley waiting for him in his cell. [[http://youtu.be/LiW7Jqld4_I?t=56s Hadley takes his hat off...]].
1st Mar '16 7:23:23 PM Prfnoff
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In 1947, young banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is 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 (MorganFreeman, the character also serves 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 a soapstone chess set. The friendship will only strengthen over the coming years.

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In 1947, young banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) (Creator/TimRobbins) is 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 (MorganFreeman, (Creator/MorganFreeman, the character also serves 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 a soapstone chess set. The friendship will only strengthen over the coming years.
22nd Feb '16 4:16:26 AM pittsburghmuggle
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* 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.
18th Feb '16 4:04:00 PM bt8257
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* InelegantBlubbering: {{Implied|Trope}}. We don't see it, but we are told that Hadley "Sobbed like a little girl when They took him away".
* InventedIndividual: Andy creates "Randall Stevens" to be the fall guy in case his shady financial transactions for the Warden are detected by authorities. [[spoiler: Andy ''becomes'' Randall Stevens after he breaks out, and takes all the warden's ill-gotten money]].

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* InelegantBlubbering: {{Implied|Trope}}. We don't see it, but we are told that Hadley "Sobbed like a little girl when They they took him away".
* InventedIndividual: Andy creates "Randall Stevens" Stephens" to be the fall guy in case his shady financial transactions for the Warden are detected by authorities. [[spoiler: Andy ''becomes'' Randall Stevens Stephens after he breaks out, and takes all the warden's ill-gotten money]].



** 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 assuring Norton that salvation did indeed lie within - [[spoiler: Andy had hollowed out the Bible to hide his rock hammer]].
*** The Boast here was twofold - [[spoiler: the hollowed-out pages where the hammer was stored begin on the first page of the Book of Exodus]].

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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]] from Andy assuring Norton that salvation did indeed lie within - telling him "Dear Warden, you were right. Salvation lay within." [[spoiler: Andy had hollowed out the his Bible to hide his the rock hammer]].
hammer.]]
*** The Boast here was twofold - [[spoiler: the hollowed-out pages where the hammer was stored begin on the first page of the Book of Exodus]].Exodus.]]



* KickTheDog:
** [[spoiler:The Warden clearly hindering Andy's appeal for Tommy to testify, and out of the blue ordered him to serve a month in solitary confinement]].

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* KickTheDog:
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KickTheDog: [[spoiler:The Warden clearly hindering Andy's appeal for Tommy to testify, and out of the blue ordered him to serve a month in solitary confinement]].



* KickTheSonOfABitch: Hadley, the leader of the guards, ambushes and severely beats Bogs, who screams and cries for help the whole time. Seeing as ambushing and severely beating people was what Bogs took sadistic pleasure in, one can't help but feel satisified when Red sums up the end result...

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: Hadley, the leader of the guards, ambushes and severely beats Bogs, who screams and cries for help the whole time. Seeing as ambushing and severely beating people was what Bogs took sadistic pleasure in, one can't help but feel satisified satisfied when Red sums up the end result...



** Red also echoes Andy's earlier statement of "Get Busy Livin', or get busy dyin'" as a means to realize it is time to embrace hope.

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** Red also echoes Andy's earlier statement of "Get Busy Livin', livin', or get busy dyin'" as a means to realize it is time to embrace hope.



* 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
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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]].



* 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:
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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 mentioned only in the credits and if you analyse the throwaway conversations. Ranked in order of relative importance after Andy, Red, and Heywood:



** The look on his face when he sees a newspaper saying "[[spoiler:corruption, murder at Shawshank]]."

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** The look on his face when he sees a newspaper saying "[[spoiler:corruption, murder "[[spoiler:Corruption, Murder at Shawshank]]."



--> "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]] ]]story.]]]]



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

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



** 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").

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** The alias Andy invents, "Randall Stephens." 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," "Stephens", after Creator/StephenKing (in the novella, the name he makes up is "Peter Stephens").



* TakeAThirdOption: In the book, Andy uses these exact words to describe the BlackAndGreyMorality of laundering the money that flows through the prison. He has no qualms about what he does for the warden, because it's not that different from what he was doing outside of prison. The novel then describes two extremes: the first is to be incorruptible and never get your hands dirty, and the other end of the spectrum is to wallow in filth and misery. Andy takes the third option by doing enough to get by without killing anyone.

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* TakeAThirdOption: In the book, Andy uses these exact words to describe the BlackAndGreyMorality BlackAndGrayMorality of laundering the money that flows through the prison. He has no qualms about what he does for the warden, because it's not that different from what he was doing outside of prison. The novel then describes two extremes: the first is to be incorruptible and never get your hands dirty, and the other end of the spectrum is to wallow in filth and misery. Andy takes the third option by doing enough to get by without killing anyone.



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

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** In Spain it was just "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Life Imprisonment]]". Funny thing, the following year's ''DeadManWalking'' ''Film/DeadManWalking'' was called just "Death Penalty" too...
5th Feb '16 1:02:51 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* AdultFear: To start, Andy was thrown in prison for decades for a crime he didn't commit.
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