Director: Frank Darabont
Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
Plot: Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit.
Andy and Red's opening chat in the prison yard, in which Red is pitching a baseball, took nine hours to shoot. Morgan Freeman pitched that baseball for the entire nine hours without a word of complaint. He showed up for work the next day with his arm in a sling.
Morgan Freeman's favorite film of his own.
The mugshots of a young-looking Morgan Freeman that are attached to his parole papers are actually pictures of Morgan's younger son, Alfonso Freeman.
In the original novella, Red is a middle-aged 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. Darabont alluded to the casting choice by having Red jokingly reply to Andy's inquiry about his nickname with the line, "Maybe it's because I'm Irish."
Based on a Stephen King short story - "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption". One of the reasons why the full title of the Stephen King novella was not employed was because there was a perception in Hollywood that the film was actually going to be a biopic of Rita Hayworth.
The poster in the film of Raquel Welch is from One Million Years B.C. (1966)
In the movie, Red says, "I committed murder," when Andy asks him what he's in Shawshank for. The source novella explains in detail; Red is serving three life sentences for murdering his wife, his neighbor's wife and his neighbor's son. Red disconnected the brakes on his car in order to kill his wife to collect on an insurance policy; he did not plan on two other people joining his wife for her ill-fated drive.
The American Humane Association monitored the filming of scenes involving Brooks' crow. During the scene where he fed it a maggot, the AHA 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.
The role of Andy Dufresne was originally offered to Tom Hanks, who couldn't accept due to scheduling conflicts with Forrest Gump (1994).
Despite being widely considered as one of the greatest movies of all time, it didn't receive a single oscar win
The role of Tommy Williams the young prisoner was intended for Brad Pitt, who instead played the lead role in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) the same year.
One of the film's key scene - when Dufresne barricades himself in the Warden's office and serenades the prison with some opera is not in the original Stephen King novella but was suggested by Tim Robbins.
The three times Red meets the parole board he is told "Sit", "Sit down" and lastly "Please sit down".
The Rita Hayworth movie the prisoners are watching is Gilda (1946).
Stephen King's one criticism of the movie was that Andy's tunnel is too round.
Stephen King sold the film rights for his novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" for $5,000. He never cashed the check. Years after The Shawshank Redemption (1994) came out, King got the check framed and mailed it back to director 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 is making his escape, he crawls through a sewer tunnel filled with grotesque effluvia. The sludge was actually a mixture of chocolate syrup, sawdust and water
When the warden flips through Andy's Bible after his escape, he finds the cut out space where Andy's digging tool was hidden starting in the book of Exodus, which tells the story of Hebrew slaves escaping from Egypt. Exodus literally means "to escape or depart."
In 2007, two inmates of Union County Prison escaped from their prison using similar techniques to those featured in the movie.