There isn’t a single person who doesn’t love this film. Adjusted from the Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the film recounts the account of Andy Dufresne, a broker who is decreed to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the homicide of his wife and her partner, regardless of his cases of blamelessness.
The tale of two imprisoned men bonding over a number of years and finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency, is just delicious.
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.
- Director 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.
- 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. Alfonso also had a cameo in the movie as a con shouting, “Fresh fish! Fresh fish today! We’re reeling ’em in!” (bottom left).
- At the end of the movie, there is a dedication to Allen Greene. He was Frank Darabont’s agent and also a close personal friend. He died just before the completion of the movie due to AIDS complications.
Director: Frank Darabont
Writers: Stephen King (short story “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”), Frank Darabont (screenplay)
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
Originally published at happenedincinema.com on March 21, 2016.