Andy and Red's opening chat in the prison yard, in which Red is throwing a baseball, took nine hours to shoot. Morgan Freeman threw the baseball for the entire nine hours without a word of complaint. He showed up for work the next day with his left arm in a sling.
Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford and Robert Duvall were considered for the part of Red. In the original novel, Red is a middle-aged white Irishman with graying red hair. However, Frank Darabont always had Morgan Freeman in mind for the role, because of his authoritative presence, demeanor, and deep voice. Red's reply, "Maybe it's because I'm Irish," to Andy's inquiry about his nickname was kept in the film as a joke.
Stephen King never cashed his $5,000 check for rights to the film. Several years after the movie came out, King got the check framed, and mailed it back to Frank Darabont with a note inscribed, "In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve."
Stephen King has considered this to be one of his favorite film adaptations based on his own work.
When Andy goes to the library to begin work as Brooks' assistant and Brooks' crow, Jake, is squawking, Tim Robbins had to time his line, "Hey, Jake. Where's Brooks?" so that the crow wouldn't squawk over him, since the bird could not be trained to squawk on cue. Robbins was able to time his line perfectly by learning the bird's squawking patterns, for which writer/director Frank Darabont praised him.
Frank Darabont watched "Goodfellas (1990)" every Sunday while shooting this film, and drew inspiration from it, on using voice-over narration and showing the passage of time.
To prepare for his role as Andy Dufresne, Tim Robbins actually spent some time in solitary confinement. He asked to be locked in solitary for a while to get a feel for it, although he knew his experience wouldn't be the same because it was voluntary.
The mugshots of a young-looking Red that are attached to his parole papers are actually pictures of Morgan Freeman's younger son, Alfonso Freeman. Alfonso also had a cameo in the movie as a con shouting, "Fresh fish! Fresh fish today! We're reeling 'em in!" (bottom left). A year after "The Shawshank Redemption", he appeared as a fingerprint technician in another Morgan Freeman movie, "Se7en (1995)."
Although it is never directly stated in the film, Brooks is in prison for allegedly murdering his wife and daughter after a losing streak at poker.
The film's initial gross of $18 million could not even cover the cost of its production. It did another $10 million in the wake of its Oscar nominations, but the film was still deemed to be a box-office failure. Morgan Freeman has cited the film's "difficult" name as major reason for this, because back then (when there was no internet to speak of) word of mouth played a much bigger role in any film's success than later on.
Clancy Brown said that he had received several offers from real-life corrections officers to work with him, in order to make his portrayal of Captain Hadley more realistic. He turned them all down because Hadley was an evil character and he didn't want to misrepresent real corrections officers.
Despite being widely considered as one of the greatest movies of all time, it didn't receive a single Oscar win, though it was nominated for seven, including Best Picture.
The full title of the Stephen King novella, "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," was not used because there was a perception in Hollywood that the film was actually going to be a biopic of Rita Hayworth. Indeed, Frank Darabont even received solicitations of audition requests from several actresses and supermodels and their agents about playing the lead.
This was Morgan Freeman's first time narrating a movie, thus by his own admission jumpstarting that element of his career which raised his popularity even further. Unusually, the narration was recorded before filming began and was then played on set to dictate the rhythm of each scene. Freeman recorded the guide track in an Iowa recording studio in only forty minutes. However, there was a minor hiss to the track, which sound engineers in Los Angeles were unable to eradicate. Consequently, it had to be re-recorded in a proper studio; this time it took three weeks.
Despite the film's box-office failure, Warner Brothers shipped 320,000 rental copies to U.S. video stores, a figure a spokesman freely admitted was "out of whack" with the film's performance in theaters. The film became the most rented video of 1995, and one of the highest-grossing video rentals of all time.
In the close-up of Andy's hands loading the revolver in the opening scenes, the hands are actually those of Frank Darabont. Later in the film, while Andy carves his name into his cell wall (seen twice in the film), Darabont's hands are used again for the insert shot. These close-ups were filmed during post-production, notably because Darabont felt that only he could do exactly what he wanted in the close-ups.
Tim Robbins once credited the movie as being a uniquely non-sexual love story between two men.
Frank Darabont decided not to have the deleted scenes on the DVD release of the film, because he is embarrassed by them, and doesn't want them to be seen publicly.
Stephen King has said that his original novella was a culmination of all the memories he had from watching prison movies when he was a child.
The opera song that Andy Dufresne plays over the loud speakers is "Canzonetta sull'aria" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." It was Tim Robbins' idea for Andy to turn up the volume of the record player in the scene.
At the end of the movie, there is a dedication to Allen Greene. He was Frank Darabont's agent and also a close personal friend. He died just before the completion of the movie due to AIDS complications.
Jeff Bridges, Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Matthew Broderick, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen were all considered for the part of Andy Dufresne. Hanks turned it down, because he was committed to Forrest Gump (1994). Costner liked the script a lot, but was then embroiled in the filming of Waterworld (1995).
Raquel Welch, whose One Million Years B.C. (1966) poster plays a significant role in the film, is a big fan of this movie.
Stephen King sold the rights to his novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" for only $5000, out of his friendship with Frank Darabont. They had become friends when Darabont adapted a short story of King's called "The Woman in the Room" for The Woman in the Room (1984) (King has a policy stating that any aspiring filmmaker can adapt his short stories for a buck) and King was thoroughly impressed. They maintained a pen-pal relationship and didn't actually meet until Darabont optioned "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption".
Rob Reiner loved Frank Darabont's script so much that he offered $2.5 million for the rights to the script, so he could direct it. He wanted Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise to play Red and Andy respectively. Darabont seriously considered Reiner's offer, but ultimately decided that it was his "chance to do something really great" by directing the movie himself and even took a pay cut in order to be allowed to direct.
Jon Favreau auditioned for the role of Fat Ass. He later told Empire Magazine that this was the worst audition he ever did, and it encouraged him to try and lose weight.
The role of Andy Dufresne was originally offered to Tom Hanks, who couldn't accept due to scheduling conflicts with Forrest Gump (1994). Hanks did, however, work on Frank Darabont's next film, The Green Mile (1999), also an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, which takes place in a prison.
After the film gained popularity, Ted Turner sold the television rights to TNT, his own network, for much lower than normal for such a big film. Because it is so inexpensive to show, the film is broadcast on TNT extremely often.
In April 2018, while a guest on NPR's "It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders," Tim Robbins talked about how often strangers tell him they love this movie: "I'm proud of that film, really proud of that film....I've talked to Morgan about this. It's a pretty special...it's unlike other films that people talk to you about. It's very important to people, in a deep way. And it's beyond just liking the film. It's more profound than that. I've had people tell me that it's shifted the way they think, that it brought them out of a depression, that it made them understand a deeper truth about themselves. That's a pretty cool thing to be involved in, and when people are telling you, pretty much on a daily basis, 'you're in my favorite movie of all time,' that's a pretty cool bucket list thing to check off....you know, I don't have to do that now in my life."
All the pictures in Andy's cell, except for the big posters, were handpicked by Tim Robbins.
While Mansfield locals were eager to be extras, many weren't available during the day due to their jobs or were only available for one day, which obviously would not work in a prison film. So, extras were found at a halfway house, some of them real-life ex-cons.
Though Red traffics in, and is often seen with packs of cigarettes (he gives packs to Heywood, Brooks Hatlen, and Laundry Leonard), he is never seen smoking in the film.
The American Humane Society monitored the filming of scenes involving Brooks' crow. During the scene where he fed it a maggot, the AHS objected on the grounds that it was cruel to the maggot, and required that they use a maggot that had died from natural causes. One was found, and the scene was filmed.
Frank Darabont dropped the "Rita Hayworth" element of the novella's title, because he thought he'd receive resumés from actresses, thinking the movie was a Hayworth biopic. It didn't do any good. During casting, Darabont received a call from an agent who represented a supermodel; he swore the script was the best she had ever read, and that she'd be perfect for the (non-existent) part of Hayworth.
Although set in Maine, the success of the movie helped boost the fortunes of Mansfield, Ashland, and Upper Sandusky, Ohio, three towns that share thirteen sites used as locations. Tourism has increased every year since "The Shawshank Redemption" had its premiere, and according to the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the movie brought in more than 18,000 visitors, and produced an estimated 3-million dollar boost to the local economy in 2013.
The fictional Shawshank prison is a staple of Stephen King's writing, most of which is set in Maine. While it only appears in this story, several other books and short stories mention characters who were sentenced to serve time at Shawshank. The prison is also mentioned in another Stephen King movie, Dolores Claiborne (1995), when Dolores (played by Kathy Bates) yells at her husband that he will do time in Shawshank for touching his daughter inappropriately.
The role of Tommy Williams was intended for Brad Pitt, who instead played the lead role in "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)" the same year.
James Whitmore was cast in the part of Brooks because he was one of Frank Darabont's favorite character actors.
The character Andy Dufresne had a cameo appearance in "Apt Pupil", another Stephen King novella. Andy handled the investments for Dussander, the Nazi in hiding.
The Shawshank Redemption first received a limited release in North America on September 23, 1994 to just 33 theaters. It received a wide release to approximately 910 additional theaters on the same date that Pulp Fiction (1994) opened, on October 14, 1994. Both movies were nominated for 7 Academy awards each, both movies gained cult status in following years and both are listed within the top 10 in IMDb's top 250 movies. (As of July 2017)
As of July 23, 2016, the white oak featured near the end of the movie has fallen down on Pleasant Valley Road near Malabar Farm in Ohio due to strong winds. The oak had survived a lightning strike that occurred on July 29, 2011.
According to Morgan Freeman, the shoot was fraught with "extreme tension" as there were constant differences between the actors, the producers, and Frank Darabont. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said the atmosphere was "very strange" and he refused to talk about it any further.
One of the film's signature setpieces - when Dufresne barricades himself in the Warden's office and serenades the prison with some opera - is not in the original Stephen King novella.
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #72 Greatest Movie of All Time. It was the first inclusion of this film on the list.
The man sitting behind Gil Bellows (Tommy Williams) on the bus is Dennis Baker, a former warden of the Ohio State Reformatory, where the primary filming took place.
The exteriors were filmed at the defunct Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. The prison was in such poor condition that renovations had to be made prior to filming. However, most of the interiors were shot on a sound stage, because they determined it would be cheaper to build duplicates of the interiors rather than renovate the interiors of the prison.
Many critics have spotted many allegorical themes in the film, generally along the lines that Andy Dufresne is a latter-day Jesus Christ. Frank Darabont refutes all such claims, although he is delighted that so many people have read so much into his film.
Initially, Frank Darabont was planning to make his directorial debut with a Child's Play (1988) type of horror movie, although he wasn't particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of doing so. Instead, he decided to adapt Stephen King's atypical short story. The resulting script soon became a hot ticket around Hollywood, attracting interest from stars like Nicolas Cage and Tom Cruise.
The three times Red meets the parole board he is told "Sit", "Sit down", and lastly "Please sit down".
Among the changes that Frank Darabont made to the story from the original novella was that there were originally three wardens and that Brooks' poignant story was conveyed in one paragraph.
Red says he has no idea what the ladies in "The Marriage of Figaro" are singing about. Actually, they are composing a letter to the husband of one of them, inviting him to an assignation with the other in order to expose his infidelity.
The original story appears in "Different Seasons," a collection of short books by Stephen King that also includes "Apt Pupil" (filmed as Apt Pupil (1998)), "The Body" (filmed as Stand by Me (1986)) and "The Breathing Method." The last one is the only entry which has not been adapted into a film as of 2015. The "Apt Pupil" story briefly mentions that Andy Dufresne handled the finances of Apt Pupil's main bad guy Kurt Dussander between 1945 and 1947.
The Royal River is mentioned in several of Stephen King's novels, including "The Body" where the boys cross it, only to be attacked by leeches, as well as "Salem's Lot", and "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption", as the river into which Andy throws his gun.
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.
Frank Darabont wrote the screenplay on speculation, in an attempt to lift himself out of a rut of writing horror sequels, like "The Fly II (1989)" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)."
The City of Mansfield, Ohio held all-day open auditions for extras. So much interest was shown that no people were accepted after three p.m.
The movie was given 151 hours - six days, seven hours - of airtime on U.S. channels in 2013 alone.
This movie was released in Taiwan as "1995: Fantastic" (it was released in Taiwan in 1995). Many viewers thought it would be an action movie.
Four different pinup posters adorn Andy's cell in the original novella: Jayne Mansfield, Linda Ronstadt, Hazel Court, and Rita Hayworth. In the film, just three feature: Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and Raquel Welch.
When Mark Rolston came in to audition, Frank Darabont said, "Oh my god, it's Drake from 'Aliens'!"
Warden Norton whistles Martin Luther's signature hymn "Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott", or "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."
The Shawshank prison, in the book and in the movie, was loosely based on Thomaston prison, an aging prison located in Thomaston, Maine. It closed in 2004, due to its small size and dilapidated structure.
This was DP Roger Deakins' first Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. It would be 23 years and 12 nominations later that he finally won the coveted Statuette, for Blade Runner 2049 (2017).
While he was writing the screenplay, Frank Darabont was getting into opera. When he felt "trapped" in the writing process, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" would lift his spirits.
The prison is located in the flightpath of C-130 Hercules aircraft of the 179th Airlift Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, which caused all sorts of sound problems.
The cell block of the prison was built on a set, using opaque plastic sheeting over the windows so that lamps could be used to simulate sunlight. During a break between takes, director Frank Darabont and then extra Michael C. Poole, now a movie director, were going to get coffee when they discovered that one of the crew had accidentally placed a lamp too close to a plastic window, catching it on fire. They saved the set from burning down.
The film's seven Academy Award nominations didn't include Production Design for Terence Marsh, who won two Oscars for Art Direction in the 1960s. According to director Frank Darabont, the prison set Marsh built in an abandoned manufacturing plant looked so realistic that everyone thought it was a real prison.
Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman later won Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscars for films directed by Clint Eastwood: Robbins in "Mystic River (2003)" and Freeman in "Million Dollar Baby (2004)."
Charlie Sheen loved the script so much that he called up an executive he knew at Castle Rock and said "I'll do this film for fucking scale" (actor's minimum). Sheen even offered to film a 30-minute test reel with him playing Red to show he could do the job, but Castle Rock said no, and according to Sheen, they cast Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in the lead roles not long afterwards.
The scene where Andy's cell is being searched, attentive viewers will start to suspect the significance of Andy's Bible and the Rita Hayworth poster. Pay particular attention to the shot where Andy is facing the camera with a look of pure panic on his face, while prominently framed on the left-hand side of the screen is the Hayworth poster. Then there's this line from Norton, which gets a direct callback later on: Warden Norton: (handing Andy his Bible back) Salvation lies within.
Goodfellas (1990) inspired the film's style. Frank Darabont says his main source of inspiration was its use of voice-over narration, and editing techniques.
Clancy Brown, who plays Captain Hadley in this film, played another character named Captain Hadley in The Guardian (2006).
There's now a Shawshank Trail for tourists, and local businesses have jumped on the bandwagon. In that part of Ohio, you can pick yourself up some Reformatory "Red" Wines or Shawshank Bundt Cakes, and the local Two Cousins' Pizza sells Redemption pie.
In the book, Red's life term is not because of a botched robbery-turned-fatal-shooting, but for murdering his wife by disabling her brakes, which accidentally killed a neighbor and child as well.
Sidney Poitier turned down the role of Red, as he didn't feel that playing a convict was providing a good example.
This film shows Morgan Freeman extensively use his Left Hand throughout the story. He is naturally left-handed, until the road traffic incident in 2008 which affected his use of left arm and hand since.
The Danish title for the movie is "En Verden Udenfor," which means "A World Outside". The Finnish title is "Rita Hayworth - Avain pakoon" ("Rita Hayworth - The Key to Escape"). The French title is "Les Evadés" ("The Escapees"). The French Canadian title is "À l'ombre de Shawshank" ("Into the Shadow of Shawshank"). The German title is "Die Verurteilten" ("The Convicts"). The Greek title is "Teleutea Exodos - Rita Hayworth" ("Last Exit - Rita Hayworth"). The Hungarian title is "A remény rabjai" ("Prisoners of Hope"). The Israeli title is "Homot Shel Tikva" ("Walls of Hope"). The Italian title is "Le ali della libertà" ("The Wings of Freedom"). The Latin-American title is "Sueños de libertad" ("Dreams of Freedom"). The Mexican title is "Sueños de Fuga" ("Dreams of Escape"). The Norwegian title is "Frihetens Regn" ("The Rain of Freedom"). The Portuguese title is "Os Condenados de Shawshank" ("The Inmates of Shawshank"). The Romanian title is "Închisoarea îngerilor" ("Angels' Prison"). The Russian title is "Pobeg iz Shoushenka" ("An Escape from Shawshank"). The Spanish title is "Cadena Perpetua" ("Life Imprisonment"). The Swedish title is "Nyckeln Till Frihet" ("The Key To Freedom").The Turkish title is "Esaretin Bedeli" ("Price of Captivity")
Red's cell number is 237. In The Shining (1980) (also based on a book by Stephen King), the dead woman resides at The Overlook Hotel in room 237 (in the book it is room 217).
The tree where Red finds Andy's letter isn't in Buxton, Maine. It's in Ohio's Malabar Farm State Park.
On the wall in Andy Dufresne's cell is a picture of Albert Einstein. Tim Robbins, who portrayed Andy Dufresne, also starred in the fictional movie about Einstein, I.Q. (1994).
During the scene where Brooks describes to the other inmates Andy's first meeting with a guard to set up a savings plan to pay for college education for a guard's children, Brooks was originally supposed to have described the encounter while using a string of profanity. James Whitmore suggested to Frank Darabont to remove the profanities, citing how Brooks, who arrived at Shawshank in 1905, would not have spoken in such a taboo manner on the outside world. Darabont agreed and removed the profanities from the scene.
In the original novella, Red is paid for his smuggling activities not just through cigarettes, but actual cash that prisoners (including Andy) smuggle into Shawshank in their rectums aka prison wallets
According to Bob Gunton the film was shot in scene order. Typically a film is shot based on the decision of the Director and Assistant Director. Gunton, who had just completed filming Demolition Man, claims that it is his real hair used in the film.
After this film's release, Mark Rolston once left his agent's office after a meeting and got into an elevator, holding a baby carrier with his sleeping newborn child. A woman on the elevator had recognized Rolston as Bogs, panicked and started causing a scene in the elevator. A worried Rolston had to calm her down, so not to wake and upset his child.
The name of Andy Dufresne's wife is Linda Collins-Dufresne. In the movie, she wasn't identified at all.
Andy and Red are both imprisoned at Shawshank for murder, and the story sees both of them finding redemption in their own ways. Red (who's guilty) comes to honestly atone for his crimes, and ultimately convinces the parole board that he deserves a second chance at life; Andy (who's innocent) still blames himself for indirectly getting his wife killed by driving her into the arms of a man marked for death, but he proves himself to be a genuinely decent man with his good deeds behind bars, and ultimately escapes from Shawshank when he decides that he's earned his second chance at life.
Camera angles were used to make Tim Robbins appear even more tall than his 6'5'' stature, especially next to Brian Libby (Floyd) who is an inch shorter.
When Brooks leaves the prison, the camera's vantage point is from the outside looking in, but when Red leaves through the very same gates, he is seen from the inside looking out.
Stephen King's novella shares several plot points with a nine-page short story written by Lev Tolstoy called "God Sees the Truth, But Waits." Both are about men sent to prison for murders they didn't commit.
The only film that year nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and not in any Best Motion Picture category at the Golden Globes.
James Cromwell was considered for the role of Warden Sam Norton, but was turned down in favor of Bob Gunton. Years later director Frank Darabont would cast Cromwell as the warden in The Green Mile (1999), also an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, which takes place in a prison.
William Sadler's first of three appearances, in a Frank Darabont film, based on Stephen Kings work. He later appeared in The Green Mile (1999) and The Mist (2007).
This film is the second time that James Whitmore (who plays Brooks in this film) plays an incarcerated character who fears release. The first, was The Twilight Zone: On Thursday We Leave for Home (1963), from season 4 of the original Twilight Zone.
According to Bob Gunton (Warden Norton) the film is so popular in terms of TV screenings and downloads he has earned nearly $100,000 in residuals in a single year, despite only being 3rd in the cast list.
During the movie, Andy (Tim Robbins) asks Red (Morgan Freeman) why he's called Red. Red retorts "Maybe it's because I'm Irish". This was an in-joke as in the novel by Stephen King, Red was a ginger haired Irishman.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
The Trailways coach in the last scene is a GM PD-4104, built in 1960 and delivered to the Carolina Scenic Trailways. The late Jon Hobein, the owner of the Blue Ridge Trailways, found and restored it around 1990. It's now property of the Capital Trailways, based in Montgomery, Alabama.
The world premiere theatrical adaptation of the film was staged at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre in May 2009, featuring Kevin Anderson (Andy), Reg E. Cathey ("Red") and Keir Dullea (Brooks). Adapted by Owen O'Neill and Dave Johns, the play was directed by Peter Sheridan.
The song "If I didn't care" released by The Ink Spots (1946) played in the opening credits until it faded out to play under the opening dialogue in the courtroom.
When the police come to arrest Norton, you can see the state seal of Ohio on the doorknob as it's turning.
Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
James Gandolfini auditioned for the role of Boggs, but eventually decided not to take the role.
When Andy puts on the music, the Italian Opera that plays is about two women setting up a trap to catch a man in his infidelity, just like Andy caught his wife cheating on him. in the beginning of the movie.
Though Shawshank Prison is supposedly in Maine, not a single character speaks with a New England accent.
When Andy first gets reassigned to the prison library, the first officer who comes to him for investment help approaches him by saying, "I'm Dekins." Roger Deakins was the cinematographer for the movie. While this is the case, Frank Darabont wrote the character of Dekins into the script before he hired his crew, as the same character was in the novella, and the different spelling confirms this.
Tom Hanks was offered the role of Andy Dufrense but turned it down due to his commitment to "Forrest Gump" (1994). Hanks later accepted the role of Paul Edgecomb in "The Green Mile" (1999) as a favour to Frank Darabont.
The quote, "Get busy living or get busy dying," inspired the title of the song "Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying (Do Your Part to Save the Scene and Stop Going to Shows)" by Fall Out Boy from their 2005 album "From Under the Cork Tree".
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the $35,000 that Captain Hadley inherited from his brother in the spring of 1949 had the same buying power as approximately $387,000 as of May 2021, meaning Andy Dufresne was able to help "the hardest screw that ever walked a turn at Shawshank State Prison" keep nearly 400 grand tax free.
Director Trademark: Brian Libby. Frank Darabont always tried to cast Libby in his films, and he appears in this film as Floyd.
Symbolic references can be found in many areas of the movie. For example, Red's full name is Ellis Redding. Ellis is a Welsh derivative of "elus" meaning "kindly, benevolent" and Redding as a Germanic surname means "counsel, advice" (Ellis Redding = "benevolent counselor"). Andy Dufresne has the symbolism of being the savior for many inmates in the prison. Andy's name (Andrew) means "brave, strong, courageous", and his initials are A. D. (anno Domini, "the year of our lord"). Andy's main antagonist is the Warden who is symbolized as the devil (Lucifer means "bringer of light"). When asked what his favorite passage in the Bible is, he references "I am the light of the world..."
Andy's line during the library scene, to Heywood (referring to The Count of Monte Cristo): Andy: You'd like it, it's about a prison break. And much like Edmond Dantes, Andy escapes his prison through a hidden tunnel and takes revenge on those who have wronged him - although in this case, Warden Norton wasn't the man responsible for Andy getting sent to jail.
5 characters in the film are over 6 feet. Bob Gutton and Morgan Freeman are both 6'2, Clancy Brown is 6'3, Brian Libby is 6'4½, Tim Robbins is 6'5.
When Boggs returns to his cell after spending time in the hole, to find the guard in his cell, there is a book called "Calamity Range" visible on the shelf. Written in 1939 by Paul Evan Lehman, "Calamity Range" is described as a fiction publication about finding retribution and vendetta, set in the western United States.
Clancy Brown (Captain Hadley) and Mark Rolston (Boggs Diamond) have voiced Lex Luthor in Superman cartoons.
John Horton [1946 Judge] played another judge in Thinner (1996), which is also an adaptation of a Stephen King story.
At the beginning of the film when Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is on trial, and testifying in his defense, he mentions to the D.A. that he threw his gun into a river, a gun which was never found according to the D.A. In reality, this was a big mistake. Forensic ballistics did exist in the 1940s. Had Andy kept his gun, a ballistics test would show that the bullets fired from the gun of Elmo Blatch (Bill Bolender), which killed Andy's wife and her lover, could not have been fired from Andy's gun. In real life, a person not committing murder would want to keep any and all firearms he/she possesses so that ballistics tests could prove that none of his/her gun(s) were the murder weapon in a homicide.
Stephen King and Frank Darabont disagreed about who plays Floyd, in that King believed he looked like Neville Brand, and Darabont believed he looked like Lee Marvin.
If Andy had been incarcerated in just one cell to the left he would have had nowhere to tunnel to except the next cell, and thus would have had no amazing story to tell.
Morgan Freeman actually says his surname, a couple of times in this movie, albiet pronounced as two words "I find I'm so excited, that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a 'free man' can feel. A 'free man', at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border" "We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders, and felt like 'free men'. Hell, we could have been tarring the roof of one of our own houses. We were the lords of all creation"
Clancy Brown plays the role of an evil inmate with authority in Bad Boys (1983) as opposed to an evil guard with authority in this movie. in Star Wars Rebels: Legacy (2015) he plays a good inmate.
Clancy Brown's second of two appearances in a movie based on Stephen King's work. He also appeared in Pet Sematary II (1992).
Almost every item procured by "Red", has a splash of red colouring on it, somewhere, (minus the rock hammer of course). The packet of cigarettes has a red logo, and, the small bottle has a red lid.
In Family Guy's episode "Cool Hand Peter" (season 10, episode 8), Bob Gunton (warden Norton) voices the part of another corrupt prison warden that keeps the main characters jailed even though they are innocent. Both characters share the same attitude and physical traits.
Morgan Freeman's son, Alfonso, (who played the Fresh-Fish Convict), starred in a short film called, "The SharkTank Redemption" (2000), which was about a man, and his associate, trying to sell the rights of their prison movie screenplay to Hollywood
Although first time viewers may know how the film ends, it can still play as a dark but fun movie spotting all the clues as to the ending that the prison officers, and Red, missed, even though most of it was hidden in plain sight.
Three years after the release of this movie, Jeffrey DeMunn, the D.A. who helps convict Dufresne at the beginning of the movie, and William Sadler would go on to co-star in RocketMan (1997).
"MOTHER" is carved on the wall above the big posters. Tim Robbins played Larry "Mother" Tucker in Fraternity Vacation (1985).
Bull Durham (1988) co-stars Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins have both co-starred with Morgan Freeman. Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Robbins in this film.
Seven of the main actors have been involved in superhero stories: Tim Robbins and Clancy Brown in Green Lantern (2011); Morgan Freeman in the Dark Knight trilogy; Bob Gunton and Clancy Brown in the Netflix series Daredevil (2015); William Sadler in Iron Man 3 (2013); Clancy Brown in Thor: Ragnarok (2017); and Mark Rolston provided voice work for Young Justice (2010).
Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman who starred in this movie went on to be in DC Comics movies. Freeman played Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012) and Joe in RED (2010) and Tim Robbins in Green Lantern (2011).
Four of seven film and television projects with actor Brian Libby, who has appeared in ever Frank Darabont directed work.
In a complete reversal of their characters, both Bob Gunton and Clancy Brown who play the sadistic Warden Norton and Captain Hadley respectively, were very well liked and got along very well with their fellow cast-members off-screen.
In numerous Stephen King novels, his characters frequently smoke Chesterfield Chesterfield was the first brand he smoked, and that his World War II veteran uncle dismissed them as "stockade cigarettes."
Andy's escape is a revelation for sure. Since the sewer piping was 3 to 5 football fields long before emptying into the creek, Andy could' have known that the sewer might be tapered or that the outlet may have had bars or mesh. In a tapered piping Andy could have gotten stuck, and bars would've still symbolically kept him in jail.
Mark Rolston (Bogs DIamond, the leader of the Sisters) would play a prisoner again in Star Trek: Enterprise: Canamar (2003)(#2.17).
Red, narrating, refers to the "two Italian ladies" who sing the Mozart duet from "The Marriage of Figaro". Actually, although the opera is written in Italian, neither the singers nor their characters are Italian. The two characters are Spanish (the opera occurs at a nobleman's estate near Seville), and the singers are Gundula Janowitz, who is Austrian, and Edith Mathis, who is Swiss.
Frank Darabont: [old movie clips] The inmates are seen watching Gilda (1946). In the original novella, the prisoners watched The Lost Weekend (1945). Because the rights to the latter were owned by a different studio, Darabont looked to see which old films he could show without incurring costs. He was delighted to see that one that he was able to use was Gilda, one of the greatest hits of Rita Hayworth, whose image plays a pivotal role in the story.