February 2, 2015

His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.
Arthur Conan Doyle

"Ladies and gentleman. It's a great pleasure that I welcome you all to the final night of the voyage."
Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx), A Night at the Opera (1935)

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.
George Bernard Shaw

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (part 8 of 19)
  • In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #72 Greatest Movie of All Time. It was the first inclusion of this film on the list.
  • The Finnish title for the movie is "Rita Hayworth - Avain pakoon" which literally means "Rita Hayworth - The Key to Escape". While the makers of the film didn't consider mentioning Hayworth in the title worthwhile but misleading, neither the Finnish translator(s) nor the Finnish film goers had ever heard of a Shawshank and "redemption" couldn't be translated into Finnish in a sensible way.
  • The role of Andy Dufresne was originally offered to Tom Hanks, who couldn't accept due to scheduling conflicts with Forrest Gump (1994). Hanks did, however, work on Frank Darabont's next film, The Green Mile (1999).
  • The close up of Andy's hands loading the revolver in the opening scenes are actually the hands of Frank Darabont. Later in the film while Andy carves his name into his cell wall (seen twice in the film), Darabont's hands are used as well in the insert shot. These close ups were inserts that were filmed during post production, notably because Darabont felt that only he could do exactly what he wanted in the close ups.
  • Beer bottles didn't have screw tops in 1949.
  • The opera song that Andy Dufresne plays over the loud speakers is "Canzonetta sull'aria" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro".
  • Shawshank prison is a staple of Stephen King's writing, most of which is set in Maine. While it only appears in this story, several other books and short stories mention characters who were sentenced to serve time at Shawshank. Shawshank prison is mentioned in another Stephen King movie (Dolores Claiborne (1995)) when Dolores (played by Kathy Bates) yells at her husband that he will do time in Shawshank for (inappropriately) touching his daughter. They only mention the prison, they don't show the prison.

  • It is not love that is blind, but jealousy.
    Lawrence Durrell

  • Jackie Bibby holds the record for sitting in a bathtub with the most live rattlesnakes. He sat in a tub with 35 of them.
  • The total area of Denver International Airport is 53 square miles, twice the size of Manhattan Island, New York, and larger than the city boundary of Boston, Miami or San Francisco.
  • The greatest measured water discharge was an estimated 740,000-1,000,000 gallons by the Giant Geyser, in Yellowstone National Park. However, this estimate made in the 1950s, was only a rough calculation.

  • A Panda Bear walked into a resturant. He sat down at a table and ordered some food. When he was finished eating, he took out a gun and shot his waiter. He then left the resturant. After the police caught up with him, they asked him why he had killed the waiter. He replied, "Look me up in the dictionary." What did the dictionary say?

    Yogi Berra
    The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
    Yogi Berra

    Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority.

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