20 Shawshank Redemption Secrets That The Producers Would Rather Keep Locked Up

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The Shawshank Redemption is often hailed as one of the greatest films of all time. Adapted from a Stephen King novella, the tale of Andy Dufresne’s time in prison is powerful, emotional and compelling. And some of the tales of what happened while the film was being made are actually just as intriguing.

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Image: via UA Modna

20. The original title was longer

The original Stephen King novella was actually titled Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, in reference to the poster that Andy keeps in his cell. This was intended to be the title of the film as well but Castle Rock, the company that produced the film, had it changed to stop people thinking that the film was in any way about Rita Hayworth herself.

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Image: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

19. Rob Reiner came very close to directing the film

By 1994 Rob Reiner had already directed two very successful Stephen King adaptations (Stand By Me and Misery) and he had his eyes set on a third. He offered Frank Darabont, who had written the script, a huge sum of money ($3 million, rumor has it) to let him direct Shawshank with Tom Cruise starring. Darabont did seriously consider the offer but ultimately refused, instead preferring to direct the film himself.

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