The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Poster

Bob Gunton: Warden Norton



  • Warden Samuel Norton : [as he hands Andy's bible back to him]  Salvation lies within.

  • Warden Samuel Norton : [to the new inmates]  I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you'll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.

  • Warden Samuel Norton : [after Andy escapes]  Well?

    Red : Well what?

    Warden Samuel Norton : I see you two all the time, you're thick as thieves, you are. He musta said *something*.

    Red : Honest, Warden, not a word.

    Warden Samuel Norton : [frustrated]  Lord, it's a miracle! Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind! Nothing left but some damn rocks on the windowsill. And that cupcake on the wall! Let's ask her, maybe she knows.

    Warden Samuel Norton : [to poster]  What say you there, fuzzy-britches? Feel like talking? Aw, guess not. Why should she be any different?

    [hefting one of Andy's rocks] 

    Warden Samuel Norton : This is a conspiracy, that's what it is.

    [throwing rocks] 

    Warden Samuel Norton : One... big... damn conspiracy! And everyone's in on it, including *her*!

    [Throws a rock at the poster, the rock goes right through it and they hear it clattering. Norton puts his arm through the torn poster and rips it away from the wall, revealing Andy's escape tunnel] 

  • Warden Samuel Norton : [after Andy tells him Tommy could prove Andy's innocence]  I have to say that's the most amazing story I've ever heard. What amazes me most is that you were taken in by it.

    Andy Dufresne : [Confused by his response]  Sir?

    Warden Samuel Norton : Well, it's obvious this fellow Williams is impressed with you. He hears your tale of woe and quite naturally, wants to cheer you up. He's young, not terribly bright. It's not surprising he wouldn't know what a state he put you in.

    Andy Dufresne : Sir, he's telling the truth.

    Warden Samuel Norton : Well, let's say for the moment this Blatch does exist. You think he'd just fall to his knees and cry "Yes, I did it, I confess! Oh, and by the way, add a life term to my sentence."

    Andy Dufresne : You know that wouldn't matter. With Tommy's testimony I can get a new trial.

    Warden Samuel Norton : That's assuming Blatch is still there. Chances are excellent he'd be released by now.

    Andy Dufresne : Well they'd have his last known address, names of relatives. It's a chance, isn't there?

    Warden Samuel Norton : [Shakes his head] 

    Andy Dufresne : How can you be so obtuse?

    Warden Samuel Norton : What? What did you call me?

    Andy Dufresne : Obtuse. Is it deliberate?

    Warden Samuel Norton : Son, you're forgetting yourself.

    Andy Dufresne : The country club will have his old time cards. Records, W-2s with his name on them.

    Warden Samuel Norton : If you wanna indulge in this fantasy, that's your business. Don't make it mine. This meeting is over.

    Andy Dufresne : Sir, if I ever get out, I'd never mention what happens here. I'd be just as indictable as you for laundering that money.

    Warden Samuel Norton : [slams his fists on the table]  Don't you ever mention money to me again, you sorry son of a bitch. Not in this office, not anywhere.

  • Warden Samuel Norton : [to new inmates, after explaining the prison routine]  Any questions?

    Prisoner : When do we eat?

    Captain Hadley : [Approaches prisoner]  You eat when we say you eat. You piss when we say you piss, and you shit when we say you shit. You got that, you maggot dick motherfucker?

  • Warden Samuel Norton : [after Andy escapes]  I want him found. Not tomorrow, not after breakfast - now!

  • Warden Samuel Norton : [Referring to the Bible]  Pleased to see you reading this, any favorite passages?

    Andy Dufresne : "Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh."

    Warden Samuel Norton : Mark 13:35, I've always liked that one, but I prefer "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

    Andy Dufresne : John 8:12

  • [Warden Norton visits Andy in solitary] 

    Warden Samuel Norton : I'm sure by now you've heard. Terrible thing. Man that young, less than a year to go, trying to escape... Broke Captain Hadley's heart to shoot him, truly it did. We just have to put it behind us... move on.

    Andy Dufresne : I'm done. Everything stops. Get someone else to run your scams.

    Warden Samuel Norton : [icy]  Nothing stops. Nothing... or you will do the hardest time there is. No more protection from the guards. I'll pull you out of that one-bunk Hilton and cast you down with the Sodomites. You'll think you've been fucked by a train! And the library? Gone... sealed off, brick-by-brick. We'll have us a little book barbecue in the yard. They'll see the flames for miles. We'll dance around it like wild Injuns! You understand me? Catching my drift?... Or am I being obtuse?


    Warden Samuel Norton : [to Hadley]  Give him another month to think about it.

  • Warden Samuel Norton : [Addressing new prisoners]  I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you'll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord. Your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.

  • Red : [narrating]  But then, in the spring of 1949, the powers that be decided that...

    Warden Samuel Norton : [Addressing the inmates in the courtyard]  The roof of the license-plate factory needs resurfacing. I need a dozen volunteers for a week's work. As you know, special detail carries with it special privileges.

    Red : [narrating]  It was outdoor detail - and May is one damn fine month to be working outdoors.

  • Andy Dufresne : [referring to the state government denying his repeated requests to provide funding to build a library]  They can't ignore me forever.

    Warden Samuel Norton : Sure can. But you write your letters if it makes you happy, I'll even mail them for, how's thay?

  • Warden Samuel Norton : [as Mozart music is playing on the phonograph, the Warden comes to bang on the door]  Open the door. Open it up! Dufresne, open this door! Turn that off!

    [Andy acts like he is going to do as he says] 

    Warden Samuel Norton : I am warning you Dufresne, TURN THAT OFF!

    [Andy turns up the volume instead, so Hadley comes to the door] 

    Captain Hadley : Dufresne...

    [taps on the door with the club] 

    Captain Hadley : ... come on down.

    [Andy does nothing, so Hadley smashes the screen on the door, unlocks it, and comes in the room] 

    Red : [narrating]  Andy got two weeks in the hole for that little stunt.

    Captain Hadley : [turns off the phonograph]  On your feet.

  • Warden Samuel Norton : Do you enjoy working in the laundry?

    Andy Dufresne : No sir, not especially.

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