28 Of The Most Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About 'The Shawshank Redemption'

28 Of The Most Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About 'The Shawshank Redemption'

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'The Shawshank Redemption' wasn't overly hyped up at it's release, but has since gone on to be considered one of the greatest movies ever made.

Below are 28 of the absolute coolest facts. Check them out!


1/28) 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.

2/28) For the sewage tunnel sequence, Tim Robbins initially refused to immerse himself in the muddy water at the end of the pipe after a chemist tested the water and dubbed it lethal.

3/28) Although it is never directly stated in the film, Brooks, the old librarian, is in prison for allegedly murdering his wife and daughter after a losing streak at poker.

4/28) The crow was very difficult to film with. 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 adapt to this and time his line perfectly by learning the bird's squawking patterns, for which director Frank Darabont praised him.

You can see that Robbins' improvisation is noticeable as he watches the bird carefully while approaching it, waiting for it to squawk, and doesn't begin his line until after it does so.

5/28) Although it lost money in the theatres, it became one of the highest grossing movie rentals ever.

6/28) Clancy Brown, who plays Captain Hadley in the movie, said that he received several offers from real-life corrections officers to work with him to make his portrayal of Captain Hadley more realistic.

He turned them all down because he said that Hadley was an evil character and he didn't want to misrepresent real corrections officers.


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