Top 10 Facts About the Shawshank Redemption

The Top Ten

1 Morgan Freeman's favorite film of his own
2 Although it is never directly stated in the film, Brooks is in prison for allegedly murdering his wife and daughter after a losing streak at poker
3 Although a very modest hit in theaters, it became one of the highest-grossing video rentals of all time
4 The most rented video of 1995
5 Frank Darabont watched Goodfellas (1990) every Sunday while shooting this film, and drew inspiration from it, on using voice-over narration and showing the passage of time
6 Raquel Welch, whose One Million Years B.C. (1966) poster plays a significant role in the film, is a big fan of the finished movie
7 Stephen King has said that his original novella was a culmination of all the memories he had from watching prison movies when he was a child
8 In Stephen King's original story, Red was written as a white Irishman. In the movie, they left the line, "Maybe it's 'cause I'm Irish," in as a joke, even after they had cast Morgan Freeman as Red
9 Despite being widely considered as one of the greatest movies of all time, it didn't receive a single Oscar win, though it was nominated for seven, including Best Picture
10 Frank Darabont decided not to have the deleted scenes on the DVD release of the film, because he is embarrassed by them, and doesn't want them to be seen publicly
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