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Episode 6: The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Sketchy AirBnB, Family In Prison, and Best Narrators!

Updated: Sep 22

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Fun Facts About the Movie:

Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Cast and Crew:

Directed by Frank Darabont

Writing Credits to Steven King and Frank Darabont

Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne

Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding

Bob Gunton as Warden Norton

William Sadler as Heywood

Clancy Brown as Captain Hadley

Gil Bellows as Tommy

Mark Rolston as Bogs Diamond

James Whitmore as Brooks Hatlen

Jeffery DeMunn as 1946 D.A.

Larry Bradenburg as Skeet

Neil Giuntoli as Jigger

David Proval as Snooze

Joseph Ragno as Ernie

Box Office:

28.88 million USD (after a while… the movie somewhat flopped in theatres but became extremely popular after being released on DVD)


It had seven Grammy nominations yet won none, as that year the picture went up against motion pictures such as Pulp Fiction and Speed. Its nominations include Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score), Best Picture, Best Sound, and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published.


Rotten Tomatoes- 91%

IMBd- 9.3/10 Fun Facts:

  • Morgan Freeman pitched a baseball for 9 hours without a word of complaint during the opening chat in the prison yard. But, he did come into filming the next day with his arm in a sling (understandably)

  • The film is based on the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King, which was released in his 1982 collection of short stories, Different Seasons. The only reason why they didn’t keep the name was because some thought that it might be a biopic about Rita Hayworth instead.

  • Tom Hanks was originally going to play the role of Andy Dufresne, but couldn’t because he was already committed to Forest Gump.

  • The mugshot shown of young Red is actually Morgan Freeman’s son Alfonso.

  • It’s rumored that Frank Darabont only paid Stephen King $1 for the rights to the story

  • Freeman recorded all of his voiceovers before any of the scenes were filmed, so Darabont would play the audio on set for the actors to listen to and act accordingly. What stinks is that the audio quality was so bad that Freeman later had to re-record all of them.

  • Darabont’s approach for the voice-over took inspiration after The Goodfellas

  • Stephen King has claimed that The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best adaptations to any of his work, but he has one issue. King apparently is hung up on the fact that the tunnel Andy digs through the wall in his cell is basically a perfect circle.

  • The movie honestly kind of flopped at the box office but became a phenomenon and known as one of the greatest movies ever after being released on DVD.

Our Ratings:

William Lee- 9.5

Lisa- 9

JT- 9

Audie- 9

Cowtown Drive-In Average- 9.125

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