The Shawshank Redemption

23 September 1994142 min,

Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.


Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

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Cast & Crew



Roger Deakins

Director of Photography


Terence Marsh

Production Design



David V. Lester

Unit Production Manager


Fun Facts of Movie

  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • Stephen King has considered this to be one of his favorite film adaptations based on his own work.
  • Morgan Freeman‘s favorite film of his own.

(Source: IMDb)

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