by: Frank Darabont
Frank Darabont (screenplay)
Stephen King (short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank
- Andy Dufresne
Freeman - Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
- Warden Norton
Sadler - Heywood
- Captain Hadley
- Bogs Diamond
Whitmore - Brooks Hatlen
Here are a collection of some the more noticeable
One of the mistakes mentioned below cites the size of the
warden's suit being able to fit Andy as a mistake. The warden mentions
earlier in the film that Andy needs to tell the laundry to stop messing
up the sizes. Obviously Andy would order the wrong sizes every now and
then over the years to throw off the warden. That was part of Andy's brilliance.
Sent by: Anonymous
When Andy is going to escape by breaking the pipe, he could
have easily shortened the distance he had to crawl by walking further
along the pipe.
the panning shot of Andy's completed Chess set the playing pieces are
set on the wrong side of the board. The rule of chess is
"White on the Right". The right corner square should be white,
Sent by: Mikie
Close to the end of the movie, Andy is shown driving a red
convertible down the coast. The setting was 1966, yet the car was a
1968 or 1969 Pontiac GTO.
Sent by: Shawn
At the end of the movie the inmates are talking about their good friend
Andy. One of the men at the table laughing about his "friend"
is the same guy who told Billy he murdered Andy's wife and the golf pro.
Sent by: Pat
When it shows the library after Andy receives the $500/year allowance
from the legislature, the narrator says it occurred around the time of
the Kennedy assassination. The Hank Williams Sr. album that is shown in
the scene wasn't released until 1970.
Visible crew or equipment:
Towards the beginning of the film, during a beautiful aerial shot of
the bus entering Shawshank Prison, the camera flies over the buildings,
where we see the prisoners on their way to "greet" in the new inmates.
As the camera circles around, at the top of the frame, in an area of
green grass, near a building, the shadow of the camera's helicopter is
When Red is talking to Andy for the first time, he is throwing a
baseball between himself and Haywood. Just as Andy stoops down, Red
catches the ball and seconds later, catches the ball again without
throwing it back.
When Andy comes out of the cell in his first morning in prison, Red is
shown wearing a shirt with a number that begins with 311, not beginning
with a 302 which is the number on his shirt in the rest of the movie.
the aerial shot where Andy's bus approaches the prison, next to the
gate is a red brick building and it's sidewalk is strewn with debris.
As the bus pulls in seconds later and we see the gate and same brick
building from the vantage point of guards who hurried from a tower, the
sidewalk is clean.
the scene where
the warden is tossing cells and comes to "size up" Andy, Capt. Hadley
over the small stone chess pieces on the window seal. In the
shot one of the pieces is upright
Source of mistake
When Andy is
playing the opera music, the whole prison stops what they're doing and
stares at the speakers. When they show the infirmary, an African
American man gets out of bed and looks out of the window. When the
camera goes to the prison yard it pans around and goes right across the
same African American man, who is now standing in the yard.
When Boggs gets beaten up by Capt. Hadley he tries to escape from his
cell and holds on to the bars on the other side of the passage. From
the side shot you can see that his right hand grabs a diagonal bar, but
in the shot seen through the bars
he is holding on to a vertical bar:
When the warden is given a bribe in a box containing a pie, it's in a
disposable aluminum pie pan. In a later scene when the warden gives the
same pie to Andy and Andy and Red are eating the pie you can see that
the pie pan style has changed:
point, one can clearly see Andy aging - his hair becomes more gray -
but a few minutes later, there is less gray and he looks younger again.
The warden is clearly almost a foot shorter than Andy, and yet Andy
presumably fits perfectly into his suit.
of the pipe is broken open, it shoots a fountain, indicating that it is
pressurized (if only by gravity). But then the pipe drains nearly
empty. It should only have drained to the lowest point in the hole
broken at the top.
When Warden Norton pushes his arm through the poster of Raquel in
Andy's cell, the next shot shows only his hand on the poster.
Norton is walking to Andy's cell after his escape, he tells the guards
to question "that friend of his... him!" and he points to Red with the
index finger on his left hand. The shot then cuts to a frontal shot of
Red in his cell, and Norton is now pointing at Red with the index
finger on his right hand:
the warden comes into the cell the morning after Andy escapes, the
poster covering the tunnel hole is fastened down on all four
corner. Andy could not possibly have reattached his poster to his
prison cell wall on the night of his escape after squeezing
into that small hole. This was also confirmed by the
director, Frank Darabont on
the DVD commentary.
Andy is shown breaking into the sewage pipe by simply slamming a large
rock against it a few times. Even if the pipe was old and rusty, it
would have taken much more effort from Andy than depicted to create a
hole large enough to fit his body through.
Andy is in the bank withdrawing the warden's money, we can see a man
standing at the counter talking to a teller. A moment later when Andy
leaves, the same man is walking up to the teller's window:
Norton is about to load the revolver you can see a black and white
photograph in a white frame on the desk. In the next scene when Norton
has shot himself, you can see that the picture has now moved across the
desk and is leaning against the lamp.
Norton loads his gun you can see that the bullets are
scattered over the desk. In the next shot when he takes aim to kill
himself you can see the bullets are now neatly stacked in one place:
he puts the warden's account book and other papers in a plastic bag and
ties the bag to his ankle with the six feet of rope he obtained. When
Andy escapes and plunges into the flooded creek, he is shown dragging
the bag underwater. No matter how tight Andy originally tied the bag,
after he dragged it through the tunnel, the sewage pipe and the creek,
there is no way the plastic bag could have remained waterproof. At a
minimum, the ink on the papers inside would have started to run, and
the pages would have been damp and stuck together. Even after being
dried, the pages would have been stained, wrinkled and
unreadable. Yet when Andy sends the book to the authorities it looks
like it was bone dry the entire journey.
under the warden's chin is in a different location than where he placed
the gun barrel a moment before he committed suicide. In the 10th
Anniversary DVD release, Frank Darabont admits that this was an error,
it had bugged him for 10 years, and they finally fixed it in
When Red is on the
bus, one shot shows all of the windows on the bus open and Red's arm is
outside the window. In the next shot of the bus (a
long shot from a distance), all of the windows are closed and Red's arm
is not in the shot.
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Total Mistake Entries: 27