The Shawshank Redemption (movie)

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The Shawshank Redemption is one of the most popular movies of all time. A powerful story of hope, friendship and strength. The Shawshank Redemption stars Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Red. The original story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption was written by Stephen King and appeared in the collection Different Seasons. Frank Darabont wrote the screenplay and directed the movie in 1994.

Brief plot

The caring and smart banker Andy Dufresne is accused and convicted of the murder of his wife. He is sent to Shawshank prison in the 1940’s, he meets many fellow prisoners, including Red, who becomes an important friend. During his time at Shawshank Andy’s way of life is changed, but he never looses his hope. Read the complete Shawshank Redemption plot.

Hope and redemption

Hope and redemption are a major part of the story, and something shown in many of the characters. Hope is the major force behind the lead character Andy, and Andy restores the hope in Red.

Brooks, a long time inmate of Shawshank had lost his hope. He had become institutionalized. Red says of Brooks:

"These prison walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, gets so you depend on them. That's institutionalized. They send you here for life, that's exactly what they take. The part that counts, anyways."

Red is heading for the same fate as Brooks, but Andy changes his way of thinking and brings him hope.


The Shawshank Redemption is a moving story of hope, friendship and perseverance. Even though most of the characters are prison inmates, this engrossing story has incredibly warming characters. The film concentrates on the core characters of Andy Dufresne and Red, but the other characters such as the Warden, Brooks and Hadley all play a very important part in setting the mood and moving the story forward. Read about The Shawshank Redemption characters.

At the movies

Despite becoming one of the most popular movies of all time, The Shawshank Redemption was not successful at the movie theatres. The major factors that prevented its success at theatres were the competition from other movies, such as Forest Gump, Pulp Fiction and Speed. Also the fact that is was a prison movie, a concept not popular with today’s theatre goers. Read about the awards and nominations.

Differences between the movie and book

Frank Darabont’s movie screenplay follows Stephen King’s original story very closely. However there are several differences in the stories, made to make the movie easier to follow and more gripping. Read about all of the differences.


The Shawshank Redemption has become so popular that it is consistently voted as one of the most popular movies of all time. It has been listed as the second most popular movie in most of the IMDB database polls. Read about the various polls The Shawshank Redemption has topped.


The original story called Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption was written by Stephen King. It appeared in a collection of four stories called Different Seasons, which also contained a story called The Body, which became the movie Stand By Me. Another story from the same collection, Apt Pupil, was also made into a movie of the same name. Read more Shawshank Redemption trivia.

The movie title

The movie title (The Shawshank Redemption) differs from that of the novella title (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption). Frank Darabont on the movie DVD audio commentary explains that the title was changed as Rita Hayworth has little to do with the story, and he wanted audiences to not get the wrong idea about the movie.



Movie details

  • Distributed by Columbia Pictures and later by Warner Bros
  • Released theatrically on September 10th 1994
  • Running time is 142 minutes (2 hours and 22 minutes)
  • Budget was $25,000,000 USD



cars used in the movie

When i got married wife never told me until last year her grandfather had 3 cars in the movie one from the 60's 40's and 50's he still has 2 classics left and we have pics of the crew and the cars with her grand father driving the cars on the set. I always loved that movie to and now finding out i know someone who met all the crew is pretty cool. is last name is Warner. for his safety i cant sy his first name cause hes already had a burglry/ some one tried to steal his 66 ford

Greatest film of all time!

I have never yet found a film that tops shawshank, never get bored of watching it, still get totally hooked hoping he'll manage to get out. The scene where red goes to the wall breaks me down everytime and it really has made me realise that life does come down 2 a simple choice and i'd rather get busy living!

Movie better than the book

Hi all,
Usually a film is not as good as the original book... but man this movie is AWESOME, it's slow but keep you waiting what next is going to come. Well done!! And very realistic with all the dates and places, mixture of everything. 10 out of 10

Shawshank redemtiom

This movie is the shiznit . i love ihd with passion in ma heart . Bhaa . the sad bit i reackon was wen that old man hunq himself. because of how he got let out of jail . and that the world dydnt like him and all daht buh i give ihd a 10/10

inside photos taken have round-shaped spots

I recently toured the reformatory and took a few pictures, both inside and out. My inside pictures contain round-shaped whitish spots. I pulled up a website when searching for pictures of the reformatory, and noticed these same spots on all of the inside pictures as well. I know that the place has history of being haunted. My question is, how was the movie filmed without having this type of problem. Maybe I just didn't notice them, or was it all retouched to take out any paranormal signs.

Trivia: How did he get the Welch poster back up?

I've just watched this moving and memorable movie for the first time. I agree with others that it is right at the top of the pile of good movies and stories.

One small thing keeps plaguing my mind. When Andy crawls through his hidden tunnel, how did he get the poster of Raquel Welch back up on the wall to hide the hole?

And any ideas on how he could get a paper poster to attach to a prison wall back then (long before blue tack) and take it up and down frequently to dig the tunnel, without tearing, creasing or wearing out the poster? Maybe a fabric backing and hidden eyelets?

(I'm asking these questions just in case I need to design an escape route for myself in the future!)

toothpaste! Many prisoners

toothpaste! Many prisoners become crafty! Toothpaste works perfectly for hanging pictures or posters up and can be taken down without tearing and just add more toothpaste to stick it back up!

my joy knew no bounds

stephen king is one of my favourite authors.I am anxiously waiting to watch the movie which is based on his book.I heard very greatly about the movie and book.

music played over the P.A. system in Shawshank redemption

Louis Nitti Jr.
I have a big question. In the "facts" list the music which Andy
Dufresne (Tim Robbins) plays over the P.A. system with the door
to the warden's office locked -- it says the music is "Duettino Sull'Aria or Sull'aria the Soave Zeffaretto from the Marriage of
Figaro by Mozart. This is not true. The ORIGINAL music Andy
plays is THE FLOWER DUET from the opera LAKME by Debiles!!!
MY QUESTION IS IF this is the original music...why and when was there a change in this music?. The Flower Duet is indeed the most inspiring and beautiful music ever composed and fits very well with
the stunning remarks in Morgan Freeman's Thought/monologue.
MY QUESTION IS what music is written in the book, if it is or was
it the choice of the director. or writer? Does anyone have the
actual book???
I emailed Rich Caparella of the classic station KUSC since he planned to play THE FLOWER DUET on his program and he replied that he found it quite interesting and assumed the problem was concerning rights and contracts to play the music.
But why the cover-up??? I will not rest till I find out the truth about this, because it kind of ruins the whole movie if that music
has been changed. The duet by Mozart is not inspiring AT ALL really compared to The Flower Duet, likely the most beautiful
music ever composed.
\most sincerely Dr. Lou Nitti Jr. (909) 822-1847

Music played over PA System in Shawshank Redemption

I know you wrote this email months ago but were you ever able to confirm what Andy played? I've been trying to find out and keep running into a brick wall. I love the piece and I am not a lover of classical music. I probably could not find it out on my own since my knowledge of classical doesn't exist. I would seriously appreciate your help. Thank you.

The music was, in fact, the

The music was, in fact, the duettino from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro". If you watch the scene (available in YouTube), you can clearly see Andy (Timothy Robbins) put the album from among a box of many. The title clearly reads "Nozze di Figaro" on it.

I disagree. I have listened

I disagree. I have listened to The Flower Duet over and over through the years, and that is NOT the song played in the movie. It is from the Marriage of Figaro; very stirring opera, and much like The Flower Duet which is what may cause the confusion.

shawshank redemption

Is more than likely one of my top three (3) movies of all time. It's hard to recall all the movies that one has seen on a short notice. Saw Shawshank again last night with my Mom. She absoutely loved it. To the both of us, it was even better than Casablanca, a film that many say was the best all times. I persoanlly never agreed with that opinion. Shawshank surpasses it by a milestone.

Shaw Shank

One of the very best films I have ever seen I Love Morgan Freeman such a stong voice, but every single character played an amazing part, toched every emotion considering my other favourite film is The Sound Of Music Ha Ha very different........


Buxton is actually an old farm house a few hundred yards from the corner of Snyder & Hagerman Rd. Richland County (Butler) Ohio. The corner of these two roads is where Red climbed out of the back of the pickup truck. Several scenes were shot on that dairy farm, you can see the top of the silo unloader in a couple of shots. The stone wall was a constructed prop and I have no idea where it was? I drive through "Buxton" most everyday and the guy that owns it is a good friend of mine. Since the movie a modular home has been added making the total number of homes in "Buxton" Two...A Local

yeah, Buxton is a town in

yeah, Buxton is a town in Maine. I live in Maine. I know this. Red doesn't hitchhike to some farmhouse in Ohio. However, the rock wall isn't typical of one found in Maine, but it's a movie, what do you expect? It's still Buxton, ME though

No, Buxton is a town in

No, Buxton is a town in Maine. Stephen King is from Maine and in the movie, it even says that Shawshank Prison is in Maine. That's the Buxton he is talking about. Not the farm house you drive by. Idiot.

Where is the stone wall in the Shawshank Redemption?

I would like to put an end to the confusion. YES the movie was suppose to take place in Maine. It was 90% filmed in OHIO. The Mansfield Prison was the Shawshank Prison. The court house and lumber room scenes were filmed in Upper Sandusky. The famous stone wall and lovers cabin is in Malabar Farms, which YES, is in OHIO. Don't call people idiots if you have your head in your *ss. I know these facts because I was an extra in the movie, and I had 2 old cars in the movie also. I have several props which include complete prison outfit, 8 books from the library, 2 tin cups, tin trays, prison guard patches, lamp from the wardens office and so on. So to recap, the prison in the movie is in Maine, but it was almost completely filmed in Mid-OHIO. If you still have problems understanding this, then go to and put all of your minds at ease.


you seem to know alot about this movie...I am dying to know what is the year/make/model of pickup truck that picks up red and gives him a ride to buxton.

Where is the stone wall in Shawshank Redemption

I think the stone wall in the field is a replica of a stone wall near the Saco River at the end of Egypt Road (a dead end) in Maine. You can tell it wasn't actually filmed in Buxton, Maine because the corn fields do not exist to that level in Buxton, Maine. Apparently both places are beautiful and I would love to visit Malabar Farms.

Buxton ME - Shawshank

Buxton Maine is a real place. ME Route 22 goes through the middle of it. The tree and stonewall , I don't know...But KING is know to use real places in Maine.

This film no need comments

This is the best movie i have ever seen. i have a huge collection of DVD and i like to watch every kind of films but this film is diffrent! i watch it more than 10 times and everytime i watch like the first the end of film main characters get free but they sentenced us to watch this film again and again:P i wait triology of this film :))

The Shawshank Redemption

This is one of the best films Ive seen in years.Ive only just watched it - 2nd Sept 2007 .If you havent watched it yet then do so at the soonest opportunity. Billed as a message of hope I think however its more a messsage of pure determination to combat suffering but best of all theres a , well I wont spoil it for you. One thing I would like to know though is who is Andy Green ? as in the credits the film is dedicatetd to his memory. Any link to the plot ? If you know then please post here or reply to this message.

Simply the Best Classic in recent History

i think the movie represent the best classical film in recent history. I've seen it over and over
again and the movie just elevate you to be hopeful and have strength even in the presence of hardship. Tim Robbin and Morgan Freeman did a great job and of course living up to the profile they've both built. I love this movie and feel that all human being should see it.
Great Job guys for your contributions on this subject!

english teacher made me watch it

was sittng in class waiting for the teacher, woundering what we were going to do.
then he told me and my class that we were going to watch a film,
oh...great just great, went the words in my mind, but when i watched it i realy liked it, cheers to my teacher.

Brooks- Visual Representation

Same with my english teacher! shes making us do a big project on it; pick a character and do a written and visual representation of a key stuck though. i only watched it once and we had to write notes while watching the movie, so i missed some parts..
I chose to do Brooks, any suggestions???
I really liked the movie as well

A special film

I first saw Shawshank after a friend suggested watching it. We are both fans of Stephen King, although I had not read the book before watching the film. The power of the story didn't sink it at first, but each time I have watched the film I understand it more and more. Bravo everyone!

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