The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is based on Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, a novella written by acclaimed horror writer Stephen King which first appeared in his anthology of four novellas called Different Seasons which was first published in 1982.

Poster from movie premier
Famous scene from the movie

Director Frank Darabont got a good deal on the rights to King’s story. He bought the rights from King for $1.

Behind the scenes

At first, The Shawshank Redemption was not a huge hit. Today, it is one of the most beloved movies of all time.

Darabont wrote the script in eight weeks before pitching it to Castle Rock Entertainment.

Although the film is set in Maine, the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio stood in for Shawshank Prison.

Originally, all of Morgan Freeman’s voiceover was recorded before any of the film was shot.

Every take of the film’s signature shot of Tim Robbins raising his arms outstretched in the rain after Andy breaks out of prison was out of focus except the one in the film. It was the final take shot for that scene.

There are 4o known mistakes in The Shawshank Redemption.