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* Heywood, seeing Dufresne sit alone during the beer drinking scene, walks up to him and offers him a bottle. Dufresne, having [[NoMoreforMe quit drinking]], politely rejects it.

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* Heywood, seeing Dufresne sit alone during the beer drinking scene, walks up to him and offers him a bottle. Dufresne, having [[NoMoreforMe [[RecoveredAddict quit drinking]], politely rejects it.

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* Heywood, seeing Dufresne sit alone during the beer drinking scene, walks up to him and offers him a bottle. Dufresne, having [[NoMoreforMe quit drinking]], politely rejects it.

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** Note on the fateful morning, the guards doing roll call know both Andy's cell number and call him out by name. They know him as a person and not a prisoner or a number. Further, they yell with annoyance not hate or with threat of violence or insults ("You're making me late, Dufresne!").

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* You notice how the other guards in the prison, while they get along with/work for Hadley and Norton, are [[TokenEvilTeammate nothing like either men]] and only do what they need to do to keep the order (evidenced how when Andy played his record, the guard banged on the door and politely begged him to let him back in, which can almost look like he was trying to protect him from Hadley and when he was in solitary confinement, another came by and told him that [[spoiler: Tommy passed his exams)]]. Also, once [[spoiler: Hadley was arrested and Norton committed suicide,]] the whole atmosphere of the prison was a lot less miserable, even with a scene where the prisoners all laughing loudly at a story/joke and no one ordering them to keep it down or shut up.


** Shit, I'm getting misty-eyed just thinking about that.

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* It's a small moment, but a big one: After Red's second parole hearing, Andy gives him a new harmonica, even apologizing for having to go through one of Red's contraband competitors so that it would be a surprise. Red is genuinely touched by this act of kindness, but doesn't play it. However, later that night, after returning to his cell, Red takes out the harmonica and blows a single, soft note.
** Even more heartwarming when you consider that Red had only mentioned playing harmonica once before, in the exact same conversation where Red said that hope was dangerous. In playing the harmonica, even for one note, Red shows that not all hope is extinguished for him.

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* It's easy to forget when rewatching, but the scenes of Andy's last night in prison, and the realization that he didn't come out for roll call the next morning, are all put together to make it look like Andy has been DrivenToSuicide. Seeing the OnceMoreWithClarity version of events for the first time is simply uplifting.


*** And the Pacific ''is'' blue in that beautiful final shot.

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*** ** And the Pacific ''is'' blue in that beautiful final shot.

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* One for Heywood early in the film. When the new inmates have their first night at Shawshank, he quietly begs the fat inmate to stop crying, knowing full well that Hadley will beat him for it. He's noticeably upset the next morning upon finding the man died of his injuries.

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*** And the Pacific ''is'' blue in that beautiful final shot.


* The look on the convicts' faces as they hear the beautiful strains from ''Le Nozze di Figaro'' play over the loudspeaker. This is probably the first time any of them have heard music in quite a long time, and the overhead shot of them staring at the loudspeaker in unbridled awe never fails to bring tears to this troper's eyes.

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* The look on the convicts' faces as they hear the beautiful strains from ''Le Nozze di Figaro'' play over the loudspeaker. This is probably the first time any of them have heard music in quite a long time, and the overhead shot of them staring at the loudspeaker in unbridled awe never fails to bring tears to this troper's eyes.doubles as quite an effective TearJerker.

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* A small one at the Red's parole hearing in 1967. The previous parole board had treated him with contempt. This time, he is ''asked'' to sit down. And parole board lets him go after he sincerely explains the problems he has caused himself.


* After returning from his solitary confinement stay due to the loudspeaker incident, Andy is playfully teased by Heywood, who says he would have preferred if he played "something good", like Music/HankWilliams, to which he apologizes by saying they stopped him before he could take requests. Then, many years later, after having substantially improved the library, Andy finally manages to fulfill Heywood's request by amassing a substantial catalog of Hank Williams' records.

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* After returning from his solitary confinement stay due to the loudspeaker incident, Andy is playfully teased by Heywood, who says he would have preferred if he played "something good", like Music/HankWilliams, to which he apologizes by saying they stopped him before he could take requests. Then, many years later, after having substantially improved the library, Andy finally manages to fulfill Heywood's request by amassing a substantial catalog collection of Hank Williams' records.

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* After returning from his solitary confinement stay due to the loudspeaker incident, Andy is playfully teased by Heywood, who says he would have preferred if he played "something good", like Music/HankWilliams, to which he apologizes by saying they stopped him before he could take requests. Then, many years later, after having substantially improved the library, Andy finally manages to fulfill Heywood's request by amassing a substantial catalog of Hank Williams' records.

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* A small one while Andy is in extended solitary, where even the guards aren't supposed to talk to the prisoners, one of them whispers this through the food slot to help Keep Andy going:
--> '''Guard:''' "The kid passed. C+ average. Thought you'd like to know."

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