The Shawshank RedemptionGoofs
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Andy Dufresne is obviously a very intelligent man and fond of playing chess. However if you take a good look at the shot of the (nearly) completed chess board in his cell, you see that he put up the chess board the wrong way. The board should be turned 90 degrees in order to have the pieces stand right. The square on the lower left should be black, the one on the upper right too, which they are not, they are white. Anyone fond of playing chess would never make that mistake.
When Brooks delivers the rock hammer to Andy's cell, he continues to push the cart in the same direction and we hear wheels squeaking for a few seconds as the camera changes angle, to Andy's POV. Later, when the warden leaves Andy's cell, we can see the end of the aisle on the cells' tier just outside Andy's cell. Brooks had nowhere to push that cart.
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Towards the beginning of the film, during a beautiful aerial shot of the bus entering Shawshank Prison, the camera flies over the buildings, where we see the prisoners on their way to "greet" in the new inmates. As the camera circles around, at the top of the frame, in an area of green grass, near a building, the shadow of the camera's helicopter is clearly visible.
If the poster of Raquel Welch was only secured at the top, then it would react to pressure changes in the tunnel as soon as it breached the wall of the utility corridor. Therefore it would either flap or if the bottom of the poster was secured, it would dimple. Either way, it would make noise, which would undoubtedly attract the attention of guards.
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Andy may well have been crawling through unspeakable filth in that pipe, but the deadly danger came from the Hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas, given off by bacteria in sewerage. This gas is impossible to breathe, unconsciousness quickly follows and then death. Andy could never have survived a crawl through "five football fields" of such toxic gas to freedom. Andy busted a hole to get out and the other end was open. Therefore the pipe could have been vented enough to provide putrid smelling but breathable atmosphere.
Andy Dufrense is wanted man. Yet after his escape and despite being a well-known convicted murderer, he takes no steps to alter or conceal his identity. In fact, he travels around the various banks in the region looking as he always does., while withdrawing large sums of money. However, it is explained and is easily obvious, that he had the warden's suit, shirt, tie, and shoes, and had the driver license, birth certificate, and social security card of the alter ego the account was under. Also, it was clearly explained he started visiting the banks around the time the guards and warden found him missing, and if questioned, could easily state that they might be thinking of someone else. Therefore, he hatched his plan perfectly and was gone before anyone realized it might be him.
Andy is convicted for the murder of his wife and the golf pro based on muddy footprints leading up to the house, the inability to match a gun to bullets, and testimonies from the neighbors. In real life, a second set of footprints leading up to the house (the killer's), presumably in the mud, and the fact that the neighbors undoubtedly would've heard a gunshot several minutes after Andy's encounter with the couple (whereas if Andy had done it, the gunshot probably would've been right after the shouting), might have been enough to prevent his conviction (or at least delay it until the second suspect was identified).
When Red is sitting in his chair in his apartment with the compass you can tell he has done the scene over and over again. When he opens the compass it does not spin. With that type of compass when it is closes it locks the compass needle in place. So when you open it it spins until it settles on North. When he opens it however it is pointing perfectly north and does not spin.
If you look at the prison buildings in the background of most outdoor shots, you'll notice many of the panes of glass are missing. It's most obvious when Andy is being dangled from the roof of the number plate factory and again in the scene where the prisoners are in the yard listening to the opera music.