History Trivia / TheShawshankRedemption

29th Jun '17 10:32:16 PM unclebubba62
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** Creator/JonFavreau auditioned for the role of Fat Butt. He later told Empire Magazine that this was the worst audition he ever did and it encouraged him to try and lose weight.

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** Creator/JonFavreau auditioned for the role of Fat Butt.Ass. He later told Empire Magazine that this was the worst audition he ever did and it encouraged him to try and lose weight.
12th Mar '17 2:12:42 PM nombretomado
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** Traditionally, guys called "Red" are redheads (this was the case in the novella). Initial casting calls had that in mind. The role is played by MorganFreeman, who would not pick up that nickname naturally but owns the role anyway. It's explained in the film (though not in the novella), that Red's nickname comes from his name, Ellis Redding.

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** Traditionally, guys called "Red" are redheads (this was the case in the novella). Initial casting calls had that in mind. The role is played by MorganFreeman, Creator/MorganFreeman, who would not pick up that nickname naturally but owns the role anyway. It's explained in the film (though not in the novella), that Red's nickname comes from his name, Ellis Redding.
6th Feb '17 1:42:41 AM Folamh3
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** Creator/RobReiner loved Creator/FrankDarabont's script so much that he offered $2.5 million for the rights to the script so he could direct it. Darabont seriously considered Reiner's offer but ultimately decided that it was his "chance to do something really great" by directing the movie himself.

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** Creator/RobReiner loved Creator/FrankDarabont's script so much that he offered $2.5 million for the rights to the script so he could direct it.it, with Creator/TomCruise as Andy and Creator/HarrisonFord as Red. Darabont seriously considered Reiner's offer but ultimately decided that it was his "chance to do something really great" by directing the movie himself.
20th Nov '16 11:09:13 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorAllusion: Morgan Freeman did time in [[Film/ThePowerOfOne South Africa.]]

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* ActorAllusion: Morgan Freeman Creator/MorganFreeman did time in [[Film/ThePowerOfOne South Africa.]]]]
* ActorInspiredElement: Every picture, except for the big posters, in Andy's cell were all hand picked by actor Tim Robbins himself.



* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** The Italian title for the movie is ''Le ali della libertà'', which means "The Wings of Freedom."
** The Romanian title is ''Închisoarea îngerilor'', which means "Angels' Prison."
** The Norwegian title is ''Frihetens Regn'', which means "The Rain of Freedom."
** The Hungarian title is ''A Remény Rabjai'', which means "The Prisoners of Hope."
* CreatorPreferredAdaptation: Creator/StephenKing named this as the best film based on his works.
* DeletedScene: There were [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g21fJk-aCo numerous deleted scenes]] from the film, mainly cut for pacing purposes, including:
** A sequence where the convicts find Jake (Brooks's pet crow) dead in a field sometime after Brooks has left the prison, and the convicts give Jake a funeral and burial. This deletion ends up providing a subtle thematic shift; as scripted, both Brooks and Jake represent the dangers of institutionalization, but as depicted on screen, Jake ends up foreshadowing Andy's successful escape in the climax of the film.
** Tommy's young wife visiting him, their conversations providing a more vivid illustration into why Tommy decides to turn his life around and approaches Andy to work on getting his GED.
** After Andy's escape, an unfortunate guard is sent into his tunnel to see where it leads, and when he sees the sewage pipe broken into and smells the overwhelming odor of shit, he vomits - ''loudly''. Red hears this happen from his own cell and cracks up laughing. He's sent to solitary confinement for two weeks... where he continues laughing, thus learning for himself what Andy (in the aftermath of the loudspeaker incident) had meant about "easy time" in the hole.
** Red's feelings on the 1960s after he is paroled, as well as a panic attack in the grocery store that sends him running for a bathroom cubicle that calms him down because it reminds him of his cell - thus making his choice to find the tree and rock wall more meaningful, because it runs counter to [[spoiler:Brooks's choice]].
* DoingItForTheArt: Creator/FrankDarabont took a pay cut in order to be allowed to shoot his own script.



* InsertCameo: The hands loading the gun in the beginning of the film belong to director Frank Darabont.
* PlayingAgainstType: Oddly enough, MorganFreeman as Red counts, even though it's one of Freeman's best-known roles. Though Red is a generally good-natured guy, he's a far cry from the kindly old authority figures and [[AlmightyJanitor humble mentors]] that Freeman is best known for playing. Instead, he's a cynical murderer who [[TheAtoner deeply regrets the mistakes of his past]], and ultimately has his life saved by following someone else's example.

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* InsertCameo: The hands loading the gun in the beginning of the film belong to director Frank Darabont.
Creator/FrankDarabont.
* MethodActing: Tim Robbins asked to be locked in solitary for a while to get a feel for it. He knew his experience wouldn't be the same because it was voluntary.
* PlayingAgainstType: Oddly enough, MorganFreeman Creator/MorganFreeman as Red counts, even though it's one of Freeman's best-known roles. Though Red is a generally good-natured guy, he's a far cry from the kindly old authority figures and [[AlmightyJanitor humble mentors]] that Freeman is best known for playing. Instead, he's a cynical murderer who [[TheAtoner deeply regrets the mistakes of his past]], and ultimately has his life saved by following someone else's example.



** Creator/BobGunton, who played Warden Norton, is by all accounts a quite laid-back and chilled out guy (and for real, not in the [[AffablyEvil evil]] or [[FauxAffablyEvil fake]] kind of way).

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** Creator/BobGunton, who played Warden Norton, is by all accounts a quite laid-back and chilled out guy (and for real, not in the [[AffablyEvil evil]] or [[FauxAffablyEvil fake]] kind of way).way.



** Creator/TomHanks turned down the role of Andy Dufresne.

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** Creator/TomHanks turned down the role of Andy Dufresne.Dufresne in order to star in ''Film/ForrestGump''.



** Creator/JohnnyDepp, TomCruise, NicolasCage, and Creator/CharlieSheen were all considered to play Andy as well.

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** Creator/JeffBridges, Creator/JohnnyDepp, TomCruise, NicolasCage, Creator/TomCruise, Creator/NicolasCage, and Creator/CharlieSheen were all considered to play Andy as well.



** There were [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g21fJk-aCo numerous deleted scenes]] from the film, mainly cut for pacing purposes, including:
*** A sequence where the convicts find Jake (Brooks's pet crow) dead in a field sometime after Brooks has left the prison, and the convicts give Jake a funeral and burial. This deletion ends up providing a subtle thematic shift; as scripted, both Brooks and Jake represent the dangers of institutionalization, but as depicted on screen, Jake ends up foreshadowing Andy's successful escape in the climax of the film.
*** Tommy's young wife visiting him, their conversations providing a more vivid illustration into why Tommy decides to turn his life around and approaches Andy to work on getting his GED.
*** After Andy's escape, an unfortunate guard is sent into his tunnel to see where it leads, and when he sees the sewage pipe broken into and smells the overwhelming odor of shit, he vomits - ''loudly''. Red hears this happen from his own cell and cracks up laughing. He's sent to solitary confinement for two weeks... where he continues laughing, thus learning for himself what Andy (in the aftermath of the loudspeaker incident) had meant about "easy time" in the hole.
*** Red's feelings on the 1960s after he is paroled, as well as a panic attack in the grocery store that sends him running for a bathroom cubicle that calms him down because it reminds him of his cell - thus making his choice to find the tree and rock wall more meaningful, because it runs counter to [[spoiler:Brooks's choice]].

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** There were [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g21fJk-aCo numerous deleted scenes]] from Creator/RobReiner loved Creator/FrankDarabont's script so much that he offered $2.5 million for the film, mainly cut rights to the script so he could direct it. Darabont seriously considered Reiner's offer but ultimately decided that it was his "chance to do something really great" by directing the movie himself.
** Creator/JonFavreau auditioned
for pacing purposes, including:
*** A sequence where
the convicts find Jake (Brooks's pet crow) dead in a field sometime after Brooks has left the prison, and the convicts give Jake a funeral and burial. This deletion ends up providing a subtle thematic shift; as scripted, both Brooks and Jake represent the dangers role of institutionalization, but as depicted on screen, Jake ends up foreshadowing Andy's successful escape in the climax of the film.
*** Tommy's young wife visiting him, their conversations providing a more vivid illustration into why Tommy decides to turn his life around and approaches Andy to work on getting his GED.
*** After Andy's escape, an unfortunate guard is sent into his tunnel to see where it leads, and when he sees the sewage pipe broken into and smells the overwhelming odor of shit, he vomits - ''loudly''. Red hears
Fat Butt. He later told Empire Magazine that this happen from his own cell was the worst audition he ever did and cracks up laughing. He's sent to solitary confinement for two weeks... where he continues laughing, thus learning for himself what Andy (in the aftermath of the loudspeaker incident) had meant about "easy time" in the hole.
*** Red's feelings on the 1960s after he is paroled, as well as a panic attack in the grocery store that sends
it encouraged him running for a bathroom cubicle that calms him down because it reminds him of his cell - thus making his choice to find the tree try and rock wall more meaningful, because it runs counter to [[spoiler:Brooks's choice]].lose weight.
17th Sep '16 2:54:54 PM DrOO7
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** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: #72

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** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #72
23rd Jun '16 1:51:21 PM Gitman
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* AbilityOverAppearance: Traditionally, guys called "Red" are redheads (this was the case in the novella). Initial casting calls had that in mind. The role is played by MorganFreeman, who would not pick up that nickname naturally but owns the role anyway. It's explained in the film (though not in the novella), that Red's nickname comes from his name, Ellis Redding.
** This is referenced in the film when Andy asks him why he's called Red. The reply "maybe because I'm Irish" is a reference to the Red character in the original novel, who was both red headed and Irish.

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* AbilityOverAppearance: AbilityOverAppearance:
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Traditionally, guys called "Red" are redheads (this was the case in the novella). Initial casting calls had that in mind. The role is played by MorganFreeman, who would not pick up that nickname naturally but owns the role anyway. It's explained in the film (though not in the novella), that Red's nickname comes from his name, Ellis Redding.
** *** This is referenced in the film when Andy asks him why he's called Red. The reply "maybe because I'm Irish" is a reference to the Red character in the original novel, who was both red headed and Irish.Irish.
** For that matter, Tim Robbins as Andy qualifies. In the novella Red describes him as a "small, neat little man". Tim Robbins is 6'5", but he nails the role.
28th Apr '16 8:56:37 PM jameygamer
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* InsertCameo:
** The hands loading the gun in the beginning of the film belong to director Frank Darabont.

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* InsertCameo:
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InsertCameo: The hands loading the gun in the beginning of the film belong to director Frank Darabont.
24th Apr '16 6:36:00 PM jameygamer
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* VindicatedByCable: Back in 1994, it earned just over $28 million at the US box office; it has since enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television and home video. Ted Turner loved this movie so much, he made sure it was playing on at least one of his cable networks every weekend for about a decade (Helped by the fact that he had sold the rights to the movie cheaply to his own stations so playing it was cheap), which helped the film earn back its budget and give it the mainstream recognition it never received while in theaters. You can still find it on Creator/{{TBS}} or a similar channel, even 15 years later.

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* VindicatedByCable: Back in 1994, it earned just over $28 million at the US box office; it has since enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television and home video. Ted Turner loved this movie so much, he made sure it was playing on at least one of his cable networks every weekend for about a decade (Helped by the fact that he had sold the rights to the movie cheaply to his own stations so playing it was cheap), which helped the film earn back its budget and give it the mainstream recognition it never received while in theaters. You can still find it on Creator/{{TBS}} or a similar channel, even 15 years later. It's also available on Creator/{{Netflix}}.
15th Apr '16 9:44:53 PM jameygamer
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* This is one of the films on Creator/RogerEbert's [[RogerEbertGreatMoviesList Great Films List]].
13th Apr '16 1:05:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** The mug shot shown on Red's parole paperwork is a photo of MorganFreeman's son Alfonso. Alfonso also has a cameo at the beginning of the movie, he's the inmate who says "Fresh fish! Fresh fish today! We're reeling 'em in!" as the bus carrying Andy comes in.
*** He also starred as ''Fred'' Redding in the parody short ''The [=SharkTank=] Redemption''.
** Did anybody else notice that [[Creator/ClancyBrown the Captain]] is actually [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Mr. Krabs]]? He is [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries also]] [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Lex]] [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited Luthor]] and [[Film/{{Highlander}} The Kurgan]]
** And as of 2011, the Lex Luthor torch [[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice has been passed]] to Bogs!
** So Lex Luthor was beating up Lex Luthor!
** [[Series/TheWalkingDead Dale]] prosecuted Andy.
*** As did [[Film/TheGreenMile Harry Terwilliger]].
** [[Film/{{Aliens}} Drake]] rapes Andy.
** [[Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney Death]] is an inmate.
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