February 8, 2015

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
Albert Camus

"Remember, honey, on your wedding day it's All right to say 'yes.'"
Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

"The people in the Navy look on motherhood as being compatible with being a woman."
Rear Admiral James R. Hogg

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (part 14 of 19)
  • The original story, 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption', appears in Stephen King's book, 'Different Seasons', along with three other short novellas. Only one of them, 'The Breathing Method', has not been turned into a movie.
  • (May 14 - June 20, 2009) The world premiere theatrical adaptation of the film was staged at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre featuring, Kevin Anderson (Andy), Reg E. Cathey ("Red") and Keir Dullea (Brooks). Adapted by Owen O'Neill and Dave Johns, the play was directed by Peter Sheridan.
  • Andy Dufresne's Prison ID Number is 37927.
  • The Spanish title for the movie is "Cadena Perpetua", which means "Life Imprisonment".
  • The green grass outside the Shawshank prison walls represent hope.
  • The Trailways coach in the last scene is a GM PD-4104, built in 1960 and delivered to the Carolina Scenic Trailways. The late Jon Hobein, the owner of the Blue Ridge Trailways, found and restored it about 1990. It's now a property of the Capital Trailways, based in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Director Trademark
    Frank Darabont: [old movie clips] The inmates are seen watching Gilda (1946). In the novella, the prisoners watched The Lost Weekend (1945). Because the rights to this were owned by a different studio, Darabont looked to see which old films he could show without incurring costs. He was delighted to see that one that he was able to use was Gilda, one of the greatest hits of Rita Hayworth whose image plays a pivotal role in the story.
  • Frank Darabont: [Heywood Floyd] Heywood and Floyd are the names of two Shawshank inmates. Heywood Floyd is a space explorer in books and movies written by Arthur C. Clarke, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and 2010 (1984).

  • Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

  • The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest shell collection, some 15 million specimens. A smaller museum in Sanibel,
  • Florida owns a mere 2 million shells and claims to be the worlds only museum devoted solely to mollusks. Karen Roman grew the world's largest cauliflower. It weighed 22 pounds.
  • Diane Sheer holds the record for licking the most stamps in a five minute period. She slobbered on 225 of the little things.

  • What was the tallest mountain before Mount Everest was discovered?

    The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

    We are all the foolishness and all the crimes we did. We're also all the kindnesses we did. I hate to think of life as if we understood time. We don't understand time.

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