[87][88][89] Some reviewers compared the film to other well-received prison dramas, including: Birdman of Alcatraz, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Cool Hand Luke, and Riot in Cell Block 11. After being confirmed for the role, he used the wig in the film's early scenes until his hair regrew. In 1998, it was nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list, and was number 72 on the 2007 revised list, outranking Forrest Gump (76) and Pulp Fiction (94). [81], By 2013, The Shawshank Redemption had aired on 15 basic cable networks, and in that year occupied 151 hours of airtime, rivaling Scarface (1983), and behind only Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). Shawshank Redemption follows the story of two men in prison and their friendship. [59] The beach at 'Zihuatanejo' is the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge,[60] a protected area for leatherback sea turtles. Plot summary for The Shawshank Redemption (1994), plus mistakes, quotes, trivia and more. 00.00 Andy Dufresne in car with gun. He opted instead to use a large piece of rock. "[2] Darabont was already aware of Freeman from his minor role in another prison drama, Brubaker (1980), while Robbins had been excited to work alongside the actor, having grown up watching him in The Electric Company children's television show. [35] Philosopher Alexander Hooke argued that Andy and Red's true freedom is their friendship, being able to share joy and humor with each other. Andy Dufresne is sent to Shawshank Prison for the murder of his wife and her secret lover. The Shawshank Redemption is the highest rated movie in the IMDb Top 250 Movies list.. Our schedule for discussion this week: Monday: General Comments Tuesday: Plot Wednesday: Characters Thursday: Themes Friday: Dialogue Saturday: Takeaways. While at Shawshank, he is beaten and raped repeatedly by a gang while working in the prison laundry, and the corrupt warden and his lieutenant are abusive to Andy to the extent of commiting crimes on the way. [9] Director and Castle Rock co-founder Rob Reiner also liked the script. A meek banker named Andy Dufresne is wrongfully convicted of murdering both his wife and her lover in 1947. [42], On a $25 million budget,[51] principal photography took place over three months[9] between June and August 1993. He is sent to Shawshank State Prison for a life sentence. [9], The film was also competing with Pulp Fiction ($108 million),[3] which also premiered October 14 following its Palme d'Or award win, and Forrest Gump ($330 million),[3] which was in the middle of a successful 42-week theatrical run. [139] Gunton said he had encountered fans in Morocco, Australia, South America,[140] Germany, France, and Bora Bora. [111] Guests included Darabont, Blaine, Mann, Gunton, Alfonso Freeman,[110] Bellows, Rolston, Claire Slemmer,[112] and Frank Medrano. Parents Guide. [74] The scene originally featured a longer reunion in which Andy and Red recited dialogue from their first meeting, but Darabont said it had a "golly-gee-ain't-we-cute" quality and excised it. Inmates look on. Being the critically acclaimed movie that it is, The Shawshank Redemption is bound to have countless reviews critiquing and praising every aspect of the plot… It went on to receive multiple award nominations, including seven Academy Award nominations, and a theatrical re-release that, combined with international takings, increased the film's box-office gross to $58.3 million. Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. [45] Cruise attended table readings of the script, but declined to work for the inexperienced Darabont. ENTER CITY, STATE OR ZIP CODE GO. [3] According to Glotzer, because of the low box-office numbers, TNT could air the film at a very low cost, but still charge premium advertising rates. Darabont purchased the film rights to King's story in 1987, but development did not begin until five years later, when he wrote the script over an eight-week period. At the next day's roll call, the guards find Andy's cell empty. These were described as "through the roof", and Glotzer said they were some of the best she had seen. [9][77] It was decided to mostly omit Stephen King's name from any advertising, as the studio wanted to attract a "more prestigious audience", who might reject a film from a writer known mostly for pulp fiction works such as The Shining and Cujo. [13] Frank Medrano plays Fat Ass, one of Andy's fellow new inmates who is beaten to death by Hadley,[5][14] and Bill Bolender plays Elmo Blatch, a convict who may actually be responsible for the crimes for which Andy is convicted. [48] The low box office was also blamed on a lack of female characters to broaden the audience demographics, the general unpopularity of prison films, and the bleak tone used in its marketing. [65][67] Of his own work, Deakins considers the scene to be one of his least favorite, saying that he "over-lit" it. [53] Several of the interior shots of the specialized prison facilities, such as the admittance rooms and the warden's office, were shot in the reformatory. I remember having a bad moment with the director, had a few of those." [22] The discovery of The Marriage of Figaro record is described in the screenplay as akin to finding the Holy Grail, bringing the prisoners to a halt, and causing the sick to rise up in their beds. Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Plot Summary of “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King. They had a wig made for him as his head was shaved for his Demolition Man role. 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[9] While critics praised the film, Glotzer believed that a lackluster review from the Los Angeles Times pushed crowds away. Internal scenes in the prison cellblocks were filmed on a sound stage built inside a nearby shuttered Westinghouse Electric factory. [55] According to the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau (later renamed Destination Mansfield),[59] tourism in the area had increased every year since The Shawshank Redemption premiered, and in 2013 drew in 18,000 visitors and over $3 million to the local economy. [68] As filming took place mainly in and around the prison, scenes were often shot in near chronological order respective of the different eras depicted throughout the story. [4] The warden has also been compared to former United States President Richard Nixon. Based on the Stephen King’s short story entitled “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”, The Shawshank Redemption is a film about believing in hope in a world filled with hopelessness. [53] The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, a group of enthusiasts of the film, purchased the building and site from Ohio for one dollar in 2000 and took up maintaining it as a historical landmark, both as its purpose as a prison and as the filming site. [20] Director Frank Darabont responded that this was not his deliberate intention,[21] but he wanted people to find their own meaning in the film. [82] That same year, Gunton said that by its tenth anniversary in 2004, he was still earning six-figure residual payments, and was still earning a "substantial income" from it, which was considered unusual so many years after its release. Over the years, he retains hope and eventually gains the respect of his fellow inmates, especially longtime convict "Red" Redding, a black marketeer, and becomes influential within the prison. After an assault by the Sisters nearly kills Andy, Hadley beats and cripples Bogs, who is subsequently transferred to another prison. [53], The 15-acre reformatory, housing its own power plant and farm, was partially torn down shortly after filming was completed, leaving the main administration building and two cellblocks. [113] Darabont stated that only at this event, the first time he had returned to Mansfield, was he able to realize the lasting impact of the film, stating, "It is a very surreal feeling to be back all these years later and people are still talking about it. Assigned to work in the prison laundry, Andy is frequently sexually assaulted by "the Sisters" and their leader, Bogs. Cast from the film attended some of the events, including Gunton, Scott Mann, Renee Blaine, and James Kisicki. 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Yeah, not looking good for him. Freeman has described Red's story as one of salvation as he is not innocent of his crimes, unlike Andy who finds redemption. He reloaded. [9] Darabont said he cast Robbins after seeing his performance in the 1990 psychological horror Jacob's Ladder. Freeman sometimes simply refused to do the additional takes. The film begins in the year 1947, where the quiet and passive banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover.Despite his repeated claims of innocence, … Andy Dufresne, the young, successful vice president of a major bank, finds his life taking a serious detour after his wife and her lover are murdered and the crime gets pinned on him. [18] Andy is offered as a messianic, Christ-like figure, with Red describing him early in the film as having an aura that engulfs and protects him from Shawshank. [33], Andy and Red's relationship has been described as a nonsexual story between two men,[34] that few other films offer, where the friendship is not built on conducting a caper, car chases, or developing a relationship with women. He is befriended by Ellis "Red" Redding, an inmate and prison contraband smuggler serving a life sentence. For those of you who have not seen the movie, do not click MORE as we will be trafficking in major spoilers. [55][109] A 2019 report estimated the attraction to be earning $16 million in annual revenue. The Shawshank Redemption is considered as one of the best films ever made. Andy is not attacked again. The others think that Andy broke and that Andy got 6 feet of rope means he was going to suicide. [26] Film critic Roger Ebert argued that The Shawshank Redemption is an allegory for maintaining one's feeling of self-worth when placed in a hopeless position. In 1947, banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover at his house, and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at Shawshank State Penitentiary. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, contraband smuggler Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), and becomes instrumental in a money-laundering operation led by the prison warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton). The legislature sends a library donation that includes a recording of The Marriage of Figaro; Andy plays an excerpt over the public address system and is punished with solitary confinement. [19] The scene in which Andy and several inmates tar the prison roof can be seen as a recreation of the Last Supper, with Andy obtaining beer/wine for the twelve inmates/disciples as Freeman describes them as the "lords of all creation" invoking Jesus' blessing. Andy launders the money using the alias "Randall Stephens". He said that the time and precision taken by Deakins, and their limited filming schedule, meant he had to be precise in what he could film and how. Andy is released from solitary confinement after two months, and he tells a skeptical Red that he dreams of living in Zihuatanejo, a Mexican coastal town. [90][91] Gene Siskel said that like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shawshank Redemption is an inspirational drama about overcoming overbearing authority. [4], Darabont first collaborated with author Stephen King in 1983 on the short film adaptation of "The Woman in the Room", buying the rights from him for $1—a Dollar Deal that King used to help new directors build a résumé by adapting his short stories. | [56] Scenes were also filmed in Mansfield, as well as neighboring Ashland, Ohio. [9] Bob Gunton was filming Demolition Man (1993) when he went to audition for the role of Warden Norton. Brooks, who in the novella is a minor character who dies in a retirement home, became a tragic character who eventually hanged himself. Spitting it out, he decided it was time to make his escape and looked for a window. "[87] Variety said that the word "Shawshank" could be used to instantly convey images of a prison. Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. [15] James Kisicki and Claire Slemmer portray the Maine National Bank manager and a teller, respectively. In the prison theater, the inmates watch the film Gilda (1946), but this scene was originally intended to feature The Lost Weekend (1945). [38], Portraying the head guard Byron Hadley, Clancy Brown was given the opportunity to speak with former guards by the production's liaison officer, but declined, believing it would not be a good thing to say that his brutal character was in any way inspired by Ohio state correctional officers. Red worries about Andy's well-being, especially when he learns Andy asked a fellow inmate for 6 ft (1.8 m) of rope. [49] Among the extras used in the film were the former warden and former inmates of the reformatory, and active guards from a nearby incarceration facility. Similarly, Norton projects an image of a holy man, speaking down sanctimoniously to the servile masses while running corrupt scams, like those which made Nixon infamous. Tommy Williams is incarcerated for burglary in 1965. Many reasons were cited for its failure at the time, including competition from films such as Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump, the general unpopularity of prison films, its lack of female characters, and even the title, which was considered to be confusing for audiences. [41], At the time, prison-based films were not considered likely box-office successes, but Darabont's script was read by then-Castle Rock Entertainment producer Liz Glotzer, whose interest in prison stories, and reaction to the script, led her to threaten to quit if Castle Rock did not produce The Shawshank Redemption. [72] In the scene, a dreaming Red is sucked into the poster of Rita Hayworth to find himself alone and insignificant on the Pacific shore, saying "I am terrified, there is no way home." Gunton performed his screen test with Robbins, which was filmed by Deakins. After his release from solitary, Andy explains that hope is what gets him through his time, a concept that Red dismisses. [65] While the film portrays the iconic scene of Andy escaping to freedom through a sewer pipe described as a "river of shit", Robbins crawls through a mixture of water, chocolate syrup, and sawdust. The consensus reads, "The Shawshank Redemption is an uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances. [69] The film's first edit ran for nearly two and a half hours, which Glotzer considered "long", and several scenes were cut including a longer sequence of Red adjusting to life after incarceration; Darabont said that in test screenings the audience seemed to be getting impatient with the scene as they were already convinced that Red would not make it. 06.00 Verdict: Two life sentences for Andy. Darabont recalled that Frankenheimer took time out from his scouting to provide Darabont with encouragement and advice. The Shawshank Redemption Review. The piece was initially written for a solo oboe, until Newman reluctantly agreed to add harmonica—a reference to the harmonica Red receives from Andy to continue his message of hope. The Shawshank Redemption Plot Graph By Irvine Everingham Characters Andy Dufresne Red Captain Byron T. Hadley Warden Norton Setting Shawshank Inciting Incident Andy having to go to jail for muder Crisis Andy sent for two life senteces Brookes gets out of prison and then kills [9][36][110][148][149], This article is about the film. Andy begins writing weekly letters to the state legislature requesting funds to improve the prison's decaying library. In a 2014 Wall Street Journal article, based on the margins studios take from box office returns, home media sales, and television licensing, The Shawshank Redemption had made an estimated $100 million. [49][65] Of the scene, Robbins said, "when you're doing a film, you want to be a good soldier—you don't want to be the one [who] gets in the way. While there, he finds a friend in Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding. … [27] While some Christian viewers interpret Zihuatanejo as heaven, it can also be interpreted as a Nietzschean form of guiltlessness achieved outside traditional notions of good and evil, where the amnesia offered is the destruction rather than forgiveness of sin, meaning Andy's aim is secular and atheistic. Sequence A: “Fresh Fish”: New arrivals at Shawshank. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne c. Andy also tells him of a specific hayfield near Buxton, asking Red—once he is released—to retrieve a package that Andy buried there. [9] King never cashed the $5,000 check from Darabont; he later framed it and returned it to Darabont accompanied by a note which read: "In case you ever need bail money. Darabont favored more scenic shots, while Deakins felt that not showing the outside of the prison added a sense of claustrophobia, and it meant that when a wide scenic shot was used, it had more impact. [26] Similarly, Red's freedom is only earned once he accepts he cannot save himself or atone for his sins. [36] Positive recommendations and repeat customer viewings, and being well received by both male and female audiences, were considered key to the film's rental success. [3] In the United States, it became the 51st-highest-grossing film of 1994, and the 21st-highest-grossing R-rated film of 1994. He is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at Shawshank State Penitentiary in Maine, run by Warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton). [9] Reiner, who had previously adapted King's 1982 novella The Body into the 1986 film Stand by Me, planned to cast Tom Cruise as Andy and Harrison Ford as Red. Robbins said, "I swear to God, all over the world—all over the world—wherever I go, there are people who say, 'That movie changed my life' ". [45] Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, and Charlie Sheen were also considered for the role at different stages. [98] Darabont was nominated for a Directors Guild of America award in 1994 for Best Director of a feature film,[99] and a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Two weeks after submitting his script to Castle Rock Entertainment, Darabont secured a $25 million budget to produce The Shawshank Redemption, which started pre-production in January 1993. He is befriended by Ellis "Red" Redding, an inmate and prison contraband smuggler serving a life sentence. [9] In a separate interview, Stephen King said, "If that isn't the best [adaptation of my works], it's one of the two or three best, and certainly, in moviegoers' minds, it's probably the best because it generally rates at the top of these surveys they have of movies. quotes: “See you in hell before I see you in Reno.” 04.30 Eight bullets, two victims. "So Was Red", played following Red's release from prison, and leading to his discovery of Andy's cache, became one of Newman's favorite pieces. [39], Freeman was cast at the suggestion of producer Liz Glotzer, who ignored the novella's character description of a white Irishman, nicknamed "Red". Andy approaches Norton with this information, but Norton refuses to listen, and when Andy mentions the money laundering, Norton sends him back to solitary confinement. Taglines She considered Freeman's commanding performance made him a much stronger figure than simply an observer. The ‘Themes and analysis’ series explores the major themes underpinning a movie or a TV show. Just as Andy can be interpreted as a Christ-like figure, he can be seen as a Zarathustra-like prophet offering escape through education and the experience of freedom. [85] Klady said that the length and tone, while tempered by humor and unexpected events, would dampen the film's mainstream appeal, but the story offered a fascinating portrait of the innate humanity of the inmates. Once he attached the spring the torn bed had onto himself, he began to spring all the … Gunton said that Marvin and Darabont saw that he understood the character, which went in his favor, as did the fact his height was similar to Robbins', allowing Andy to believably use the warden's suit. [9] After receiving his first screenwriting credit in 1987 for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Darabont returned to King with $5,000[3] to purchase the rights to adapt Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, a 96-page novella from King's 1982 collection Different Seasons, written to explore genres other than the horror stories for which he was commonly known. In 1947, a banker named Andrew “Andy” Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, based on strongcircumstantial evidence. [147] Lasting fan appreciation has led to it being considered one of the most beloved films of all time. Red procures a rock hammer and a large poster of Rita Hayworth for Andy. 13.30 Shower, clo… When Andy asks Norton to request a retrial, Norton dismisses Andys claims and puts him in solitary confinement for more than a month on the grain and drain diet of bread and water. Andy gets a poster of Raquel Welch and adores it, which nobody else understands. Over time Andy finds ways to live out life with relative ease as one can in a prison, leaving a message for all that while the body may be locked away in a cell, the spirit can never be truly imprisoned. The Shawshank Redemption Summary. [2], Marvin spent five months scouting prisons across the United States and Canada, looking for a site that had a timeless aesthetic, and was completely abandoned, hoping to avoid the complexity of filming the required footage, for hours each day, in an active prison with the security difficulties that would entail. While The Shawshank Redemption received positive reviews on its release, particularly for its story and the performances of Robbins and Freeman, it was a box-office disappointment, earning only $16 million during its initial theatrical run. Red procures a rock hammer for Andy, allowing him to create small stone chess pieces. [94] Klady summarized the film as "estimable and haunting entertainment", comparing it to a rough diamond with small flaws,[84] but Howe criticized it for deviating with multiple subplots, and pandering by choosing to resolve the story with Andy and Red's reunion, rather than leaving the mystery. [54] Marvin eventually chose the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, to serve as the fictional Shawshank State Penitentiary in Maine, citing its Gothic-style stone and brick buildings. Andy's integrity is an important theme in the story line, especially in prison, where integrity is lacking. 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