The Shawshank Redemption

Corrected entry: Andy plays Mozart over the public address system of the prison. When Hadley finally breaks through the door after the aria is over the needle is still in the first groove.



Correction: The needle arm automatically returned there at the end of the track.


Corrected entry: Andy's cell wall is unrealistically thick. Andy is seen crawling flat through the tunnel, indicating the wall is thicker than Andy is tall, making it least two meters thick. Prison walls are thick, but not that thick.


Uri Raz

Correction: Andy's cell is on the end, right next to where the kind of things you'd want to keep prisoners out of with extra thick walls are; furthermore, since the movie was filmed in an abandoned actual prison, the wall is that much more likely to be real.


Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie, in the shot where the marked patrol cars are racing towards the prison to arrest the warden, you hear them using electronic sirens. Those sirens were not in law enforcement use until the late sixties.


Correction: Andy has a poster of Raquel Welch in 1 Million BC on his cell wall, placing this scene in 1966 at the earliest. The end of the movie therefore has to be later so the patrol cars would have had the electronic sirens.

Corrected entry: At the very start of the movie the lawyer questioning Andy is wearing a grey suit with a pink striped tie, and Andy is wearing a dark suit. When the scene cuts from Andy's flashback for the last time and the lawyer sums up his case, they have literally swapped suits.

Correction: The suits don't change until the third time it cuts back from the flashback, about 5 mins and 30 seconds into the film. At this point, Andy is no longer on the witness stand, and the lawyer is making his closing statement. I think we can assume the trial took more than one day. So it makes sense that the suits change. Further evidence that this isn't a mistake is that they are wearing different ties as well.

Corrected entry: When Tommy is murdered the guard fires 2 quick successive shots. The rifle is a bolt action rifle and could not reasonably fire two shots that quickly.

Correction: This is the edited for TV version. The original version cuts to graphic shots of blood coming from Tommy's wounds. When these scenes are edited out for television, the gun seems to have been fired more quickly.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: It makes no sense that everyone believed Tommy was trying to escape when he was shot. There are no guards in the guard towers at night, and if there were, there would be a guard in every tower, meaning another guard would've seen Hadley shoot Tommy.


Correction: Hadley and the Warden wield considerable power at the prison. They didn't need to convince everyone, they just needed a plausible explanation if there was a police investigation. Hadley could easily intimidate the guards and prisoners into remaining silent.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: In the scene where Warden Norton is talking to Tommy, Captain Hadley fires 2 shots but Tommy's back has 4-5 shots in it.

Correction: In the edited for TV version only two shots are heard. The other shots are fired while showing Tommy get shot with blood spilling from his chest. Due to the graphic nature of this scene it is edited in the TV version.

Corrected entry: Andy leaves the torch when he crawls up to the end of the hole. But the torch is seen again after he breaks the drainage pipeline.

Correction: He doesn't drop it, he moves it out of view towards his waist - it looks like he tucks it into a pocket or his bag, for easy retrieval later.

Corrected entry: Andy leaves his prison shoes behind in a shoe box for the warden to look at as the escape siren begins to sound. He wears the warden's polished shoes while returning to his cell the night before. As Andy lowers himself onto the sewer pipe after coming through the wall, you can see he is wearing his "high-top" leather prison shoes and is not barefooted or wearing the warden's shoes before he breaks into the sewer pipe.

Correction: Andy has a lot of influence at the prison. Getting a spare pair of shoes and keeping them in his cell would be nothing to him.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Andy arrives in Shawshank in 1949, which is stated in the beginning. He escapes in 1966, making it 17 years. But when he collects the money, Red says that he took the money as service pay for 19 years of work, a two year difference.


Correction: Andy arrived in 1947, not 1949.


Corrected entry: Andy gets a poster of Rita Hayworth when he comes into his cell after his stay in the hospital, and when Red is explaining how Andy broke out, it shows him digging behind her. However, when it is found that Andy escaped, the warden throws a rock through a picture of a cavewoman (Raquel Welch) and it goes into the hole Andy dug. This poster is not the same as the Rita Hayworth one, and it appears to be on the opposite side of the cell as before.

Correction: The poster is always on the same cell wall, where Andy dug his hole. And as Red explains in a voice-over, Andy does replace his pin-up posters from time to time, with new women who have piqued his interest.


Corrected entry: When the police read Byron Hadley his Miranda rights, they are reading a very specific edited version. This version did not surface until 1968, Hadley was arrested in 1966, the year the Miranda case was taken to court. It is implausible that any such Miranda reading would have been widely circulated at the time of the arrest.

Correction: So basically what you are saying is no-one in the history of the world would have thought of those words before the Miranda case? This case was made famous because Ernesto Arturo Miranda wasn't read his rights before his arrest. So surely some form of those words existed before if his 'rights were not read to him'. And as you have pointed out, they read a different (edited) form of the Miranda rights we know today.


Corrected entry: Andy Dufresne was the vice-president of a large Portland bank before his high profile murder conviction. After escape, he visited nearly a dozen banks in the Portland area. Banking is a close-knit industry know for honest people working long careers. It is unbelievable that even after 20 years, Andy could avoid being recognized as Andy in local Portland area banks. He removed an average of almost 30 thousand per bank (in 1966 dollars)- a fortune. To receive cashiers checks in that amount, he would have to deal with senior bank officials. Even though the Portland area is a fairly loose term, the banks must have been close, as he visited them before word of the escape became public knowledge. In the 1960's, Portland had a population of about 75 thousand, indicating that Warden Norton had money in almost every available bank in the area. It is inconceivable that Andy could have avoided detection of his true identity under these circumstances, even with false identification. He would have been recognized by an employee in one of the dozen banks.

Correction: Entirely speculative. It's been twenty years, Andy has aged significantly and is believed to be serving a life sentence behind bars - as you yourself observe, his visits all occur before word of his escape gets out. Even with, as you say, banking typically being a long career, most senior officials at the time of Andy's original offence will likely have retired, with their places filled by people who would be less familiar with him. And finally, he possesses impeccable paperwork identifying him as Randall Stevens, who is a rich and therefore likely a powerful individual. It's entirely possible that some employees that he encountered that day might find him familiar, even vaguely connect that familiarity to Dufresne, but there's a long way between "familiarity" and "suspicion", and nobody would be so stupid to risk offending a powerful individual by suggesting that he might be a convicted murderer. Once word of his escape got out, of course, likely a number of people were kicking themselves, but, at the time, there's no reason for any of them to suspect that he wasn't exactly who his paperwork said he was.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Andy finally leaves Shawshank and leaves through the tunnel emerging after crawling through near half a mile of horrible slimy stuff he does not have the case with him containing the exchanged documents he switched when the warden opened the safe and when he switched bibles in the office. But we see him later after the escape in a town handing over documents which confirm his new identity.


Correction: Andy's dragging a plastic bag filled with his stuff behind him, using a rope tied to his leg, so that it doesn't get in his way. It can be seen throughout his escape, as he climbs down from the tunnel leading from his cell, coming out of the sewer pipe immediately behind him, and is visible floating behind him as he runs through the river.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: The "Archie and Friends" comic the guard is reading on the toilet when Andy starts playing opera over the intercom is an issue from 1993, nearly 50 years after the movie takes place. Archie Comics are thanked in the end credits for providing the comic, and the copyright also verifies that it is from 1993.

Correction: The issue of "Archie's Pal Jughead" that the guard is reading is issue 9. The original run of that title began in 1949, so issue 9 would have been published in either late 1949 or early 1950. This title was retired in 1965 and replaced with "Jughead". In 1993 (the date of the copyright in the credits), the title "Archie's Pal Jughead" was resurrected (as vol.2), and began publication at issue 46. The reason for the date being listed as 1993 in the movie credits is that would be when Archie Comics had to re-copyright the title, however the issue in question was printed in 1949/1950. A summary of the title history can be found here: Further, if you freeze-frame and zoom, it is visible that the price of the comic is 10 cents. This would have been a steal in 1993! In addition, the cover layout, font, etc. is identical to the following issue from 1950 (issue 14): As well as this issue (66, from 1960): The cover of the first issue of volume 2 (46, June 1993) can be seen here: The differences are obvious.

Corrected entry: Surely the poster hiding the tunnel would not have stayed flat on the wall of Andy's cell due to air flowing through the tunnel. Would it not bubble and be noticeable?

Correction: Do you mean before, or after he escaped. If you mean before, he could have covered the other end with something, to prevent this. If it was after, do we know if air was always blowing through there, maybe it would have eventually, but not during the brief time everyone was in the cell.


Corrected entry: Spoiler: After Andy escapes the prison and the aftermath of the escape is shown, William Sadler seems to tell his inmates the story of how Andy bought the guards' trust on the roof. He's telling it as if it is told to someone who wasn't there - yet he's telling it to his friends, who were at the scene. It doesn't sound like he's reminding them of the event, but like he's telling the story to someone who wasn't there, like a story. This makes no sense at all, since his friends would know for sure what has happened, and only need to be reminded.

Correction: The film takes place over a period of around twenty years. The story occurred pretty early on in Andy's term and certainly its not entirely clear how long after Andy escaped that the story was retold. It would make perfect sense that retelling the story to even the people there would fit as many details might have been forgotten over such a period of time. Even as he is telling the story he is trying to recall exactly what the guard was saying to him when he grabbed Andy by the shirt.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: When they are doing income tax returns, Red makes reference to the April 15 deadline, which back then was March 15th.

Correction: I can't tell exactly what year that Red makes this reference from the movie. Which is important because the tax code changed the deadline from March 15 to April 15 in 1954. Andy entered the prison in 1947 and escaped in 1966. Not knowing exactly when it occurred, it is entirely plausible, since Andy was doing income taxes until he escaped, that Red's statement would be true.

Zwn Annwn

Corrected entry: In the scene where Warden Norton is talking to Tommy, he offers a cigarette to Tommy but is not smoking one himself. At the end of the conversation, he drops a partially-smoked cigarette and crushes it out, then walks away. It isn't Tommy's cigarette, because when Tommy is lying on the ground, you can see his cigarette beside his right hand.

Correction: The warden is smoking a cigarette. He has the cigarette in his mouth when he approaches Tommy and takes it out after taking a drag and exhaling.

Corrected entry: When Andy escapes from Shawshank, and we see the shot when he first comes out of the sewer pipe, watch his bag that he tied to his ankle. It appears to float. Considering that Andy packed up his Stone Chess set in this bag, it's very unlikely that the bag would float even in the slightest.

Correction: Depends on how much air was trapped within the bag and how dense the sewer pipe's contents were. That wasn't just water, you know.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Red finds the metal box in the field, there has been enough time pass for seasons to change. In Maine this means rain, snow and melting snow. How that metal box with one loosely wrapped plastic bag kept all the papers perfectly dry is not easy to believe. Even one year of seasons would cause it to look much less pristine than it looks when Red opens it.

Correction: The package was wrapped in thick plastic. It was protected from the elements quite well and as such would still appear pristine, even after a number of months.

Jason Hoffman

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.

Correction: Brooks was a very old man. His bones were very weak and brittle, as most geriatrics' bones are. This naturally occurring problem would have been augmented by the very poor nutrition he would have received while in prison. It is entirely plausible for a short fall such as this one to have resulted in a broken neck with this particular individual.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Andy is escaping and breaks a hole in the sewer pipe, the sewage and water erupt out of the pipe. After that, the top inside part of the pipe should have been wet. But when he uses his flashlight to look inside, that section of the pipe is dry.

Correction: It is wet.


Corrected entry: When Andy crawls through the pipe he has the warden's clothes in a bag attached to his feet. When he emerges from the other end of the pipe, wades through the stream and pulls his clothes off there is no sign of the bag.

Correction: The bag is there when he comes out of the pipe and it is being dragged behind him the entire time in this scene.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: Andy's escape is made by tunneling, yet his cell is on the second story of the prison and there are others cells to the right of his. Therefore, by tunneling into the wall, the only thing that would happen is that he would end up in the next guy's cell.

Correction: Andy's cell is the last on the row. There are only cells to one side (left as you're facing it from outside). Andy tunnels through the solid wall opposite the row of cells (right as you're facing it from outside).

Damian Torres

Corrected entry: At the end of the film, when he is off to find Andy, Red expresses the belief that the authorities won't care all that much about him breaking the conditions of his parole. He could not be more wrong. In the US in the Forties he would be considered an escaped prisoner if he broke his parole, and considering he was inside for murder he would be regarded as dangerous. Crossing a State line would be a federal offence, bringing the FBI into play. In short, every law enforcement agency in the country is going to be on the lookout for him, and when he tries to cross the border into Mexico he'll be arrested on multiple charges.

Correction: What Red means, is not that they won't be looking for him, but that they will put in less of an effort in tracking him down than, say, a twenty-five year old serial killer. He is after all an old man who has done his time for one single offense, and had expressed sincere regret for it. The FBI would know of him, sure, but he would not rank high on their priority list. As for crossing the Mexican border, well, hundreds of people cross it undetected every day (in the opposite direction). It is not exactly air-tight. Besides, the escape takes place in the '60s, not the Forties.


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.

Correction: Anybody want to deal with reality here? The scene was shot in an abandoned prison - Mansfield Reformatory in Ohio. That's a real sewage pipe in a real prison (albeit an abandoned one) and Tim Robbins sat astride it and smashed a real hole in it with a real rock. The fountain of sewage bursting out of the pipe is impossible and was faked, of course, but for all the rest, it's the real thing, as close to reality as you are going to get. The obvious question? When they needed a retake Robbins slid down the pipe a little and they restaged the whole thing. They aced it on the third take.

Correction: You can tell by then sound the rock makes when it hits the pipe that the pipe is not metal but ceramic. That is why it was relatively easy for Andy to break through them to escape.


Correction: Definitely cast iron, have you ever had to remove an old bathtub in pieces? One hard strike with a small sledgehammer, and cast iron will shatter like porcelain.

Correction: Ceramic is not, nor has ever been used for domestic water, storm or sewer piping. Especially an old building such as this. The pipe has hub-less connections. It would most likely be cast iron or steel per the date.

Corrected entry: The poster that Andy has of Raquel Welsh, at the time of his escape in 1966, is from the movie "One Million Years B.C." which was not released until 1967.

Correction: The Hammer film "One Million Years B.C." was released in 1966, not 1967. As a publicity stunt the poster was released well in advance of the film's premiere. See, amongst others.

Corrected entry: It's hard to believe that Andy wouldn't have been caught in the act while tunneling through the wall. Even if he was able to time the prison guards' nightly head count inspections to avoid detection, any convict in one of the cells on the opposite tier would have been able to see directly into Andy's cell. It stretches the imagination to think that Andy wouldn't have been seen by an "enemy" convict on the opposite tier.

Correction: Throughout the scenes at night, the cells are very dark. As it took him over 20 years to make the tunnel, I dont think its hard to assume that another convict would see him as they never reported him in that space of time. In some of the night scenes when some of the shots are taken from the cells its pitch black in the other cells so most would never see him anyway. With the guards, he didn't have the head check that night. Andy was working late and was buzzed in later on.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: It's unlikely that raw sewage would have been permitted to flow directly from the prison into a creek, even in a rural Maine setting. This prison would have been equipped with a rudimentary sewage treatment system of some kind, such as a septic system. The screenplay had to omit the septic system since you can't crawl through it to your freedom.

Correction: I hate to admit it, but in the rural area in which I grew up in the 1970s (ie after the time frame of this film) it was still common practice to send untreated sewage straight to the nearest ocean-bound waterway, and that was from single dwelling homes, not large (and apparently very old) institutions such as Shawshank, for which a septic tank would have to be enormous.

Corrected entry: Andy asks a bank clerk to put an envelope into their outgoing mail. This envelope contains all information about the criminal goings-on at Shawshank and is addressed to a newspaper. When Norton sees the headline in the paper, which could be, at best, two days later, he opens the safe to find the hole in the bible where the rock hammer was hidden. It's unimaginable that he would have waited for so long after Andy's escape to check the contents of the safe.



Correction: The warden certainly did check the safe as soon as Andy escaped but only to confirm that the contents were still there. It was only once he saw the headline that he really looked inside the book.


Corrected entry: When Red goes to the Mexican border the bus is totally empty on the right side, while on the left side (the hot, sunny side) there's a passenger behind every window.



Correction: A slightly unusual choice but hardly a movie mistake. It's not a mistake for people to want to sit in the sun and it's safe to assume the position of the sun with respect to the bus would change during the journey so maybe they were on the shady side at the start.


Corrected entry: When Andy escapes during a thunderstorm every lightning strike, be it heard close or distant, is accompanied by its thunder exactly at the very moment it strikes.



Correction: I've watched this scene again and it's clear that the thunder storm is right overhead so that the thunder and lightening are coincident. There may be an impression that it's sometimes close and sometimes distant simply because it's not always the same volume which is normal.


Corrected entry: At the end when Andy escapes, he is wearing the warden's shoes and suit shirt, which fit him perfectly. It is obvious neither would fit a man of Andy's frame.


Correction: We see him wearing the wardens shoes and shirt in the prison one time. He only needs them to avoid suspicion once he gets to town. He then had enough time to buy better fitting stuff before visiting the banks.


Corrected entry: When Andy escapes through the tunnel he had dug during his 19 years at Shawshank it looks several meters long. Since his cell was on an upper floor it must have been through a wall of unheard-of thickness.



Correction: There's no shot in the movie which gives a clear idea of exactly how long the tunnel is. It is not stretching credibility to imagine that a prison would have unusually thick walls.


Corrected entry: Except Red getting a little grey by the end of the movie, none of the other characters, be it a prisoner or a guard, shows any signs of aging over a time span of 19 years.


Correction: Both the Wardens and Andy's hair are getting greyer (Very clear in case of warden Norton). Andy also starts wearing reading glasses. Also, Frank Darabont makes it clear in the directors commentary that he never wanted to have Morgan or Tim in heavy make-up to age them because he said it looked too much like... well, heavy make-up. He wanted the changes to be subtle


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.

Correction: When Norton refers to it as a "Hilton", he means the luxuries Andy is allowed. His cell is jam-packed with obviously contraband material like the rock blankets, posters and pictures on the walls, but the guards have let him get away with it for several years. The "one bunk" is just further description, rather than highlighting that as unusual. For a Hilton, one bunk is still rather down market...


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.

Leonard Hassen

Correction: Explained in the book. Andy is in such a funk over the trial and results, as well as his cheating wife, it takes him most of a year to decide he wants to live again. Presumably, he begins making appeals then.

Grumpy Scot

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.

Correction: If you watch when the new inmates first walk into their cell you can see a staircaise near the far wall, so it is possible for Brooks to keep on pushing the cart without having to turn around.

Corrected entry: When Norton commits suicide he takes out his gun out of an unlocked desk drawer. Unbelievable behaviour considering that before he had Andy working in his office even after he had left - leaving an unsecured weapon alone with an unguarded prisoner?



Correction: Andy never worked at that desk, he worked in the outer office. He never knew the gun was in the warden's desk to begin with and it wasn't stored loaded.

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.



Correction: The "toss in the cells" was not a real inspection. It was an opportunity for Norton to size up Andy. (Red even says that after the scene.) Since it wasn't a serious inspection, Norton neither was interested in conducting a thorough review of Andy's cell nor was intent on discovering the root cause to Andy's rock carving hobby (knowing nothing about it, the rock blanket would seem good enough). Besides, no one actually thought that a prisoner had the resolve to spend 19 years tunneling through a prison wall, piece by piece, to escape. (Red never suspected it, and Norton and the guards stare at the hole in the wall with awe at the end.) It's reasonable to assume that rock hammers, tools, and cutting devices were prohibited in the prison after that ... to prevent prisoners from trying to escape using that method again.

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.


Correction: He doesn't say "exactly half a mile". He says "just shy of half a mile". "Shy" is a relative term. Also, it is reasonable to assume that Red never actually measured the distance of the tunnel and never traced Andy's escape route for himself. So, he only has Andy's estimate of the distance to rely on as well. All in all, the distance is an estimate and should not be taken as an exact measurement. In addition to this, that quote is taken directly from King's original story; thus, blame King if you like but don't blame the filmmakers.

Corrected entry: When Andy makes his way through the sewer he takes Norton's clothes with him in a small bag tied to his ankle. It's hard to believe that on the next morning the same clothes are in clean mint condition when empties out Norton's accounts.



Correction: Andy probably ran a lot of errands that morning, including the cleaning of the Warden's suit. He very easily could have bought some street clothes, had the suit cleaned, and even picked out the convertible he wanted, all before visiting the banks to clean out the cash.

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: During the search for Andy a guard finds the rock hammer. While he is holding it up a reporter takes a photograph. In the picture the guard is holding the hammer in a totally different way than we had seen before.



Correction: The movie camera first shows the man holding the rock hammer, then moves to the photographer, who takes the picture a few seconds later. That's enough time for the man holding the rock hammer to switch positions.

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: When Red is doing the voice-over of how Andy escaped from the cell, it shows Andy undressing to reveal the warden's shirt and tie. The cell clothes Andy is wearing at this point are a shirt and jeans. Yet the next morning when the search crew finds Andy's clothes in the river, they hold up dungarees on a stick.


Correction: Andy does not escape wearing the wardens clothes - he puts them on under his own to smuggle them back to his cell, and then takes them off, and puts them in the waterproof bag we see tied to his feet. Then, once he is safely away, he can put them on, so he can go to the bank to claim the money from the account.

Corrected entry: When Red gets released he is put up in the same room where Brooks had stayed 10 years earlier. When he scratches "So was Red" into the same beam the plaster pieces caused by Brooks's inscription are still lying on the table.



Correction: The pieces of plaster on the table were of Red's inscription, not Brook's. I believe they were there to show that Red had just left the room after doing the same actions as Brooks.

Corrected entry: When Andy breaks a hole into the ceramic sewer it makes metallic sounds.



Correction: No, it doesn't. It makes the sound of a glazed ceramic pipe being hit with a brick in a confined space. The sound was recorded on the set - an abandoned prison - as can be seen in the documentary "A Redeeming Feature".

Corrected entry: Inconcievable that Andy would serve nearly 20 years in the same prison let alone the same cell. Surely routine maintenance and modernisation of his cell plus occasional shakedowns would have uncovered his nocturnal tunneling.

Correction: Maybe so, but this is direct from the book, so blame Stephen King, not the filmmakers. The reason, by the way, that Andy's cell was never inspected or shaken down, and why he never had a roommate, was because he was Shawshank's pet financial wizard. Because he was quiet, soft-spoken, and respectful, and did the dirty work the wardens and guards asked of him without complaint, he got to keep his "one-bunk Hilton" (as the story says).

Phil C.

Corrected entry: After Andy has escaped, we see a shot of his and the neighbouring cells. There simply is no room for any hollow wall between the cells - which is the wall where the poster is hanging. The basic premise of the movie does not hold.

Correction: Andy is not escaping through a 'hollow wall'. His cell is on the end of the row and the wall where the poster is hanging is on the other side of piping, etc.

Zaphod Beeblebrox

Corrected entry: Before Brooks hangs himself he scratches "Brooks was here" into a wooden beam. While he is doing that plaster pieces fall on the table he is standing on.



Correction: The lower part of the beam (the vertical poles, moulding, etc) is wood, but the upper part where Brooks (and later Red) carved their names *is* plaster, as you can see when Red first walks into the room towards the end of the movie.

Corrected entry: When Red goes to the hay field in Buxton to find the mysterious item Andy had told him about he uses a compass, even though Andy's directions didn't include any cardinal points.



Correction: Andy does use a cardinal point, he says the tree is on the north end of the wall.

Melanie McDaniel

Corrected entry: When the guard shoots Tommy in the yard, he fires twice. But when Tommy is shown lying on the ground, he has four bullet holes in his back.


Correction: There could be a difference between different editions. I've seen the movie on DVD and heard four distinct shots.


Corrected entry: When Brooks is on his book delivery tour he stops and says "Books" at each cell. Red gives him the parcel with the rock hammer to pass it on to Andy. The camera cuts to Andy, and you hear Brooks call "Books" twice before he even reaches his cell, although both cells are right next to each other.



Correction: Andy and Red's cells are not right next to each other. Andy's is at the end and Red's is two away.

Corrected entry: When Andy is carving his name in the wall towards the beginning the "A" is different when they show it at the end.

Correction: The first A Andy starts to carve results in a lump of cement being torn out of the wall, giving him the idea of digging the tunnel. He starts carving his name on the wall elsewhere later, and that's the one you see at the end of the film.

Corrected entry: Right before Tommy talks to the warden, an officer comes and gets him while he is mopping. The sun is shining through a window on him while he is mopping but when he goes outside it is night time.

Correction: All light looks artificial, like the ceiling light in the hallway.


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.

Kelsey H.

Correction: He is unbottoning his shirt so that he can remove it, then remove the "good" clothes underneath. He then places the good clothes in the bag so that they'll stay clean while transiting the pipe. Then he puts them on after he gets through.


Corrected entry: When Red is working in the grocery store, he mentions through narration that he 'can't squeeze a drop', i.e. urinate, without permission. They had toilets in their cells and wouldn't have to ask permission.


Correction: He wasn't talking about the time he was in his cell. During the day every single action is controlled by the guards. Hadley expresses it very clearly - 'You eat when we say you eat, you sh*t when we say you sh*t ...' and so on. While Red was working in the woodshop, or in the exercise yard, cinema, etc. everything he did was watched and timed by the guards, including toilet breaks.

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.

Correction: Actually, Miranda v. Arizona was decided in 1966, the same year Andy escaped and the warden was arrested. Therefore, this isn't necessarily a mistake (depending on what month the arrest scene takes place in). It's actually very accurately portrayed, as well. The arresting officer even uses the Miranda card issued to police in 1966 which has on it exactly what to say.

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Red: There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try and talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone and this old man is all that's left. I got to live with that. Rehabilitated? It's just a bullshit word. So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a shit.



When Red is sitting under the oak tree in 1967 and pulls the money out of the envelope, the top bill is signed by Nicholas F. Brady, who was Secretary of the Treasury September 1988 - January 1993. It's less about reading the handwriting as noting the different appearance of different signatures from different eras.



There are many references to the number 237 in the movie. For instance, this is the number of Red's cell, and these digits are on Andy's prison I.D. This number makes appearances throughout Steven King stories, the most famous one being the room where the murders take place in "The Shining".