February 9, 2015

To look back is to relax one's vigil.
Bette Davis

"It's okay, 99. Big people feel pain, too."
— Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell), Get Smart (2008)

"You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone."
George W. Bush

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (part 15 of 19)
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
  • Red says that Andy broke out in 1966. This was the same year as the landmark Miranda v. Arizona case before the Supreme Court, where it was decided a defendant must be informed of their rights (i.e. right to remain silent, right to an attorney, etc.), when put under police custody. That's why at the end of the film, when they arrest Captain Hadley (Clancy Brown), the officer is reading the Miranda rights from a piece of paper.
  • For the sewage tunnel sequence, Tim Robbins initially refused to immerse himself in the muddy water at the end of the pipe after a chemist tested the water and dubbed it lethal.
  • Frank Darabont preferred to end the film with Red searching for Andy. In fact, if he had been allowed to shoot the ending as he wanted, the closing shot would have been Red on the bus heading for the field. Darabont wanted to end on an open, ambiguous note. But Castle Rock insisted on a reunion between the two to please audiences. So instead of showing us a teary reunion, the film observes it from a distance. Darabont's response to Castle Rock's demands.
  • The $370,000 Andy stole from the Warden in 1966 may not seem a huge amount for 20 years incarceration but adjusted for inflation to 2010, Andy stole the equivalent of $2,599,855.25.
  • Red describes Andy's dream as a "shitty pipe dream". During his escape to live that dream, Andy crawls through the sewer pipe of the prison, literally a "shitty pipe".

  • Great countries are those that produce great people.
    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Most insects used in a film: 22 million bees in The Swarm.
  • Hawaii's Mount Waialeale is the wettest place in the world - it rains about ninety per cent of the time, about 480 inches per annum.
  • When stuntman and parachutist Dar Robinson leaped from the ledge of the 1,170 foot high CN Tower in Toronto, he was paid $150,000, the most ever for a single stunt.

  • Dead in the center there is a bunny on an island. 6 feet north, 6 feet south, 6 feet west, and 6 feet east is land. How many jumps does it take to get to the other side?

    Yogi Berra
    I didn't know much about golf growing up.
    Yogi Berra

    “It was among farmers and potato diggers and old men in workhouses and beggars at my own door that I found what was beyond these and yet farther beyond that drawingroom poet of my childhood in the expression of love, and grief, and the pain of parting, that are the disclosure of the individual soul.”

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