Corrected entry: When Andy is in solitary Warden Norton threatens him, saying he'll take him out of his "one-bunk Hilton and cast him down with the sodomites". Being moved to another cell would be a huge problem because of the tunnel he's digging, but the reference to a "one-bunk Hilton", even though it's a direct quote from the novel, makes no sense in the context of the movie. In the book it refers to the fact that Andy is unique among the prisoners in having a cell to himself. But in the movie, all of the prisoners have cells of their own - every prisoner has a "one-bunk Hilton", so there's no reason to refer to Andy's situation as special.
Corrected entry: In the courtroom scene in the beginning, Andy is convicted and sentenced to two life sentences. Even if Andy was representing himself (it appeared there was no defense lawyer present) the State of Maine still has had a Court of Appeals since 1789, yet it seems like Andy doesn't even care about appealing his case.
Corrected entry: When Brooks is making the rounds with his library cart, he passes Andy a book and the rock hammer, and then keeps on pushing the cart past Andy's cell. But Andy's cell is the last one, and there's nothing else in that direction except a concrete wall - not even a staircase. He should have turned the cart around and gone back the way he came.
Corrected entry: When Andy's cell is searched Hadley comes across a "rock blanket" which Andy explains with his hobby rock shaping and polishing, showing them the chess pieces. No one asks him how he does the shaping - after all he had to hide the rock hammer which Norton later finds in the bible. (00:47:55)
Corrected entry: After Andy escapes through the tunnel and Red is doing the voiceover on the post escape search, Red comments on how Andy swam through "500 yards" of the most fouls smelling stench imaginable..."500 yards, the length of 5 football fields, just shy of half a mile." 500 yards is 1500 feet and a mile is 5280 feet...thus a half mile would be 2640, a far cry from 1500. Bugs me every time I watch it. (01:52:50)
Corrected entry: When Tim Robbins is about to escape through his cell hole, we see in one shot of him unbuttoning his prison shirt revealing a nice looking tie and shirt. The next shot shows his hand placing items in a plastic bag. Then the next shot of him is when he is crawling through the cement hole with his prison shirt on, even though he unbuttoned his prison shirt. He remains with his prison shirt on until he leaves the sewer pipe and into freedom. That's when he takes off his prison shirt, revealing a plain shirt, no shirt with a tie - or even a collar.
Corrected entry: Near the end of the film when the press has been alerted to the goings-on in the Shawshank prison, the police are reading Captain of the Guards, Hatley the Miranda rights - you have the right to remain silent, etc. The Miranda Rights weren't introduced until the year after.
Corrected entry: My instructor brought this up in my psychology class. Brooks' suicide scene is completely unrealistic. The fall that resulted when he kicked the chair out from under him was nowhere near long enough to break his neck, therefore, he strangled to death. However, when one strangles to death by hanging, the limbs are flailing wildly and convulsions usually occur. Brooks' feet barely twitch.
Corrected entry: When Andy is escaping, he uses a large rock to bust through the sewage pipe. He strikes the pipe three times with the rock, and seemingly breaks through. It seems near impossible that any form of rock, especially only swung three times, can bust through what appeared to be a solid metal drainage pipe. Even if that were possible, it seems even more unlikely Andy could then try to shape a hole big enough for him to slip through into the pipe, without wasting too much more time, or being heard.