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

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Image: Castle Rock Entertainment via Pyxurz
Image: Castle Rock Entertainment via Pyxurz

18. The water that Andy crawled into was almost as dirty as it looked

At the end of the film, Andy crawls out of a sewage pipe into a muddy puddle. That puddle, moreover, looks pretty grim – and, by all accounts, appearances were not deceiving. A local chemist was asked to test the quality of the water, in fact, and deemed it “lethal.” As a result, Tim Robbins only agreed to get into it if there was a shower on hand for his immediate use afterwards.

Image: via Rotten Tomatoes
Image: via Rotten Tomatoes

17. One particular scene took nine hours to shoot

Frank Darabont is known for being meticulous, but there’s a fine line between thorough and crazy. And that line was arguably crossed during the filming of one scene in which Andy and Red toss a baseball back and forth, which took a staggering nine hours to finish. Freeman never complained, but he did arrive on set the following day with his arm in a sling.

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Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

16. Stephen King never cashed the check that he received for the movie’s rights

Stephen King has a patchy history with adaptations of his films, and it seems that he didn’t have very high hopes for Shawshank. Indeed, he asked Frank Darabont for just a $1,000 check for the rights to the movie; when he read the script, moreover, he thought that it was too “talky.” After the film’s runaway success, though, King actually posted the check back to Darabont.

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