January 31, 2015

New York is not Mecca. It just smells like it.
Neil Simon

"Sorry I ever sent her to finishing school. I think they finished her there."
— Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly), To Catch a Thief (1955)

A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.
--William Inge

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (part 6 of 19)
  • Raquel Welch - whose poster plays a significant role in the film - is a big fan of the finished movie
  • In Stephen King's original story, Red was written as a white Irishman. In the movie, they left the line, "Maybe it's 'cause I'm Irish", in as a joke, even after they had cast Morgan Freeman as Red
  • The role of Tommy Williams was intended for Brad Pitt, who instead played the lead role in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) the same year.
  • Tim Robbins thought of the idea of his character, Andy Dufresne, turning up the volume of the record player in the scene where he plays the Opera music over the PA.
  • The American Humane Association monitored the filming of scenes involving Brooks' crow. During the scene where he fed it a maggot, the AHA objected on the grounds that it was cruel to the maggot, and required that they use a maggot that had died from natural causes. One was found, and the scene was filmed.
  • While Mansfield locals were eager to be extras, many weren't available during the day due to their jobs or were only available for one day, which obviously wouldn't work in a prison film. So extras were found at a halfway house, some of them real-life ex-cons.
  • Rob Reiner loved Frank Darabont's script so much that he offered $2.5 million for the rights to the script so he could direct it. Darabont seriously considered Reiner's offer but ultimately decided that it was his "chance to do something really great" by directing the movie himself. Reiner wanted Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise to play Red and Andy respectively.

  • “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.”
    Stuart Chase

  • As of September 1998, the highest recorded mileage for a car was 1,615,000 miles for a 1966 Volvo P-1800.
  • The A & P was the first chain-store business to be established. It began in 1842.
  • Christianity has over a billion followers. Islam is next in representation with half this number.

  • How could I place a bookbag on the floor where no one could jump over it?

    A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.

    “A metaphysician is one who, when you remark that twice two makes four, demands to know what you mean by twice, what by two, what by makes, and what by four. For asking such questions metaphysicians are supported in oriental luxury in the universities, and respected as educated and intelligent men.”

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