10 Interesting Facts About The Shawshank Redemption

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Anyone who loves watching movies has probably heard of The Shawshank Redemption and its success in popular culture. However, how well do you really know about the movie? Check out some interesting The Shawshank Redemption facts we compiled for you.

10. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) is a Stephen King novel adaptation. The original name for the novella is “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.” And it was published in 1982 by Stephen King.

9. Stephen King considers the movie to be one of his favorite movie adaptations of his own work.

8. Morgan Freeman also considers it to be his favorite film of his own.

7. Even though “The Shawshank Redemption” is now one of the most popular movies, it was a box office flop once. The movie was only able to make $16 million while it cost $25 million. (That’s a pretty bad start for a film this popular.)

6. Thanks to the Oscars, it managed to recover the box office loss. It was only after the Academy gave the movie seven Oscar nominations that it got a re-release and an international release which ended up making $58.3 million in lifetime box office.

5. However, despite the fact that it received seven nominations, including Best Picture, and it is now widely considered as one of the best movies of all time, the film didn't even win a single Oscar win.

4. Frank Darabont says that he watched Goodfellas every Sunday while shooting The Shawshank Redemption, because it was inspirational in terms of showing the passage of time and using voice-over narration.

3. “Hope” was used as the last word spoken in the movie in order to sum up the major theme of the film.

2. The role of “Tommy Williams” was intended for Brad Pitt. However, he rejected it and  instead played the lead role in “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” the same year.

1. It was ranked as the #72 Greatest Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute in 2007, which marked the first time for the movie to be included on the very list.

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