Voted #4 on Empire magazine's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time (September 2008).
Many critics have spotted many allegorical themes in the film, generally along the lines that Andy Dufresne is a latter day Jesus Christ. Frank Darabont refutes all such claims although he is delighted that so many people have read so much into his film.
The character Andy Dufresne had a cameo appearance in 'Apt Pupil', another Stephen King novelette. Andy handled the investments for Dussander, the Nazi in hiding.
This movie was released in Taiwan as "1995: Fantastic" (it was released in Taiwan in 1995). Many viewers thought it would be an action movie.
Despite its box office failure, Warner Brothers shipped 320,000 rental copies to US video stores, a figure a spokesman freely admitted was "out of whack" with the film's performance in the theaters.
An agent who apparently hadn't done much research requested an audition for his supermodel client for the role of Rita Hayworth.
James Whitmore was cast in the part of Brooks because he was one of Frank Darabont's favorite character actors.
Red says he has no idea what the ladies in The Marriage of Figaro are singing about. Actually, they're composing a letter to the husband of one of them inviting him to an assignation with the other in order to expose his infidelity.
The Israeli title for the movie is "Homot Shel Tikva", which means "Walls of Hope".