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The Shawshank


Written by:
Stephen King
Frank Darabont

Fear can hold you prisoner.

Hope can set you free.
Plot Summary

Written by: J-S Golden

Chronicles the experiences of a

formerly successful banker as a
prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of
Shawshank after being found guilty
of a crime he did not commit.

The film portrays the man's unique

way of dealing with his new,
torturous life; along the way he
befriends a number of fellow
prisoners, most notably a wise
long-term inmate named Red.
Stephen King
Author of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American
author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and

King has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name
Richard Bachman, and six non-fiction books. He has written nearly
200 short stories, most of which have been collected in book

His novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption was the

basis for the movie The Shawshank Redemption which is widely
regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.
Frank Darabont
Director and screenwriter of The Shawshank Redemption
Frank Darabont
Frank rpd Darabont (born Darabont Ferenc rpd; January
28, 1959) is a French-Hungarian-American film director,
screenwriter and producer who has been nominated for three
Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

In his early career he was primarily a screenwriter for horror

films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors,
The Blob and The Fly II. As a director he is known for his
film adaptations of Stephen King novels such as The
Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist.
Tim Robbins
Birth name: Timothy Francis

Born in West Covina,

California, but raised in New
York City, Tim Robbins is the
son of former The
Highwaymen singer Gil
Robbins and actress Mary
Robbins (ne Bledsoe).
Robbins studied drama at
UCLA, where he graduated
with honors in 1981.
Tim Robbins
That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang
theater group, an experimental ensemble that
expressed radical political observations
through the European avant-garde form of

Lived with Susan Sarandon from 1988 to 2009.

They have two sons.

Father, with Susan Sarandon, of Jack Henry

Robbins (born May 15, 1989) and Miles
Robbins (born May 4, 1992).
Tim Robbins
Was considered for the role of Dr. Doom in Fantastic Four
(2005) and Eddie Darko in Donnie Darko (2001).

At 6'5", he is the tallest actor ever to have won an Oscar.

The tallest actor ever nominated was James Cromwell at

Has played in the Heroes of Hockey game at the National

Hockey League's All-Star Game.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at

6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on
October 10, 2008.
Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice
and calm demeanor, this
ever popular American actor
has grown into one of the
most respected figures in
modern US cinema. Morgan
was born on June 1, 1937 in
Memphis, Tennessee, to
Mayme Edna (Revere), a
teacher, and Morgan
Porterfield Freeman, a
Morgan Freeman
Father of Alfonso Freeman from his relationship with
Loletha Adkins and Saifoulaye Freeman (born 1960) from
another previous relationship.

Father of Morgana Freeman with Jeanette Adair Bradshaw.

He also adopted his first wife's daughter, Deena.

Received the "Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in

Acting" Award on August 7, 2000.

He was (along with director/actress Billie Allen,

director/playwright Garland Thompson, and journalist
Clayton Riley') a founding member of the Frank Silvera
Writers' Workshop, named after noted Black actor Frank
Morgan Freeman
Has reprised the same character three times. He played Dr.
Alex Cross in Kiss the Girls (1997) and then reprised the role
in Along Came a Spider (2001). He also played God in Bruce
Almighty (2003) and then reprised that role in Evan
Almighty (2007). Finally, he played Lucius Fox in both
Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).

Considered joining the Air Force to become a fighter pilot

but opted to stay with acting instead.

Worked as a mechanic in the United States Air Force.

Has his own production company, Revelation Entertainment.

Morgan Freeman

Ranked fourth
highest grossing
actor of all time
with his previous
films grossing $4.3
Interesting facts of Shawshank
The mugshots of a young-
looking Morgan Freeman
that are attached to his
parole papers are actually
pictures of Morgans
younger son, Alfonso
Freeman. Alfonso also had
a cameo in the movie as a
con shouting Fresh fish!
Fresh fish today! Were
reeling em in!
Interesting facts of Shawshank
The movie was filmed in 1993
at the Ohio State Reformatory.
It was an actual prison that was
built in 1886 and closed in
1990. It was meant to be
demolished, but after
Shawshank was filmed there, a
group of people set about trying
to restore the prison. Its now a
major tourist site with over
80,000 people visiting last year.
Interesting facts of Shawshank
The Book of Exodus

Warden Norton opens the

bible where Andy
Dufresne hid his rock pick
it opens to the Book of
Exodus. The Book of
Exodus details the escape
of the Jews from Egypt.
Interesting facts of Shawshank
After Andy's escape

After Andy has escaped, the

warden wants them to question
Red. When they call to open
Red's cell they shout, "Open
237!" This is an important
number in movie adaptations of
Stephen King's work. It's the
famous room number in The
Interesting facts of Shawshank
The final scene is actually an

The movie was supposed to

end with Red searching for
Andy but the director wanted
a more fulfilling ending for
the audience. Thus, he added
this scene in final later.
Do you know?
Andy and Reds opening chat in the prison yard in which
Red is pitching a baseball took 9 hours to shoot. Morgan
Freeman pitched that baseball for the entire 9 hours
without a word of complaint. He showed up for work the
next day with his arm in a sling.
Did you know?
Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner,
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage,
Johnny Depp and Charlie
Sheen were all considered
for the part of Andy
Dufresne. Hanks turned it
down because he was
committed to Forrest Gump
(1994). Costner liked the
script a lot but was then
embroiled in the filming of
Waterworld (1995).
Did you know?
Clint Eastwood, Harrison
Ford, Paul Newman and
Robert Redford were all
considered for the part of
Red. In the original
novella, Red is a middle-
aged Irishman with graying
red hair. However, Frank
Darabont always had
Morgan Freeman in mind
for the role because of his
authoritative presence,
demeanor and deep voice.
New words
1. How does the movie begin? Why?

2. Why was Andy sent to the prison?

3. What was Reds crime?

4. What does Red do for people? What kind of person is he?

5. What was the first thing Andy asked Red for? Why did he want it?

6. What was Andys motive for telling Hadley the procedures of tax
7. Why Andy gave up drinking?

8. Why do you think Andy locked himself in and broadcast

the Mozart music?

9. Why do you think the warden refused to believe Tommys


10. Who killed Tommy Williams? Why?

11. What was the inside-out program?

12. If the warden had helped Andy get a new trial,
would it have really worked out?

13. Why did Red change his speech to the parole

committee the last time?

14. What would you do, if you were Brooks?

15. What helped Andy to escape from Shawshank?

Thank you for your attention!

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