20 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption came out a staggering 22 years ago and it’s still one of the most iconic films to this day.

The 1994 film tells the story of Andy Dufresne’s escape from the intense Shawshank State prison, with him making an incredible and heart-wrenching journey along the way.

It was actually a box-office flop when it came out in the mid-’90s, but was amazingly received by critics and received several award nominations, proving just how much the world was hooked by the moving story.

It took Andy just under 20 years to break out of the prison – so here are 20 mind-blowing facts about the film that you definitely didn’t know.

1. Only Two Women Have Speaking Roles


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Throughout the whole movie, only two women have speaking roles. The first is the customer who complains about Brook’s service at the grocery store, and the other is the lady who works at the bank Andy visits after his escape.

2. Andy Dufresne


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The main character Andy was played by Tim Robbins, but many other actors were considered. Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen were all candidates for the role. Hanks turned it down as he was too committed to Forrest Gump, whilst Costner chose to star in Waterworld instead.

3. Red & Andy’s Yard Chat

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Red and Andy’s first chat in the prison yard, where Red is pitching a baseball, took an incredible NINE hours to film. Red’s arm got so tired from pitching that it was in a sling the following day.