R | | Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Since the filming schedule was very tight in Mansfield, Ohio, anyone who held up the production time was threatened to be fined. Tim Robbins and William Sadler showed up late once, but were never fined. Filming in Mansfield finished ahead of schedule.
Mr. Dufresne, describe the confrontation you had with your wife the night that she was murdered.
Andy Dufresne: It was very bitter. She said she was glad I knew, that she hated all the sneaking around. And she said that she wanted a divorce in Reno.
As part of his escape plan, Andy steals one of Norton's suits. When Andy enters the bank, we see that the suit fits perfectly, even though he is several inches taller than Norton. Also, Andy and Norton conveniently have the same sized feet.
The man who cried and was beaten when Andy first arrived is listed and credited as "Fat Ass" -- the other inmates' nickname for him.
One HBO showing included three extra scenes introduced by Morgan Freeman. One of the extra scenes showed Red, after his release, marveling over the mistaken idea that women no longer wore bras. Another earlier deleted scene shows more of the uncovering of Andy's escape route, including a guard who is sent down the shaft and who throws up when he realizes the sewer has been breached. Upon hearing this, and realizing Andy's successful escape, Red begins laughing hysterically in his cell, for which he is sent to solitary confinement and where he continues to laugh.
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