[93] Even Kenneth Turan's Los Angeles Times review, which Glotzer credited with derailing the film's box-office success, praised Freeman, saying his "effortless screen presence lends Shawshank the closest thing to credibility it can manage". [101] In a 2016 interview, King said that The Shawshank Redemption was his favorite adaptation of his work, alongside Stand by Me. Gunton performed his screen test with Robbins, which was filmed by Deakins. Freeman has described Red's story as one of salvation as he is not innocent of his crimes, unlike Andy who finds redemption. [9] In a separate interview, Stephen King said, "If that isn't the best [adaptation of my works], it's one of the two or three best, and certainly, in moviegoers' minds, it's probably the best because it generally rates at the top of these surveys they have of movies. [9][36][110][148][149], This article is about the film. Which scene was it? It was filmed in one of the actual prison's more confined cells. He appeared in Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption and its film adaptation, The Shawshank Redemption. [87][88][89] Some reviewers compared the film to other well-received prison dramas, including: Birdman of Alcatraz, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Cool Hand Luke, and Riot in Cell Block 11. Darabont recalled that Frankenheimer took time out from his scouting to provide Darabont with encouragement and advice. Biography. Warden Samuel Norton meets Andy and reassigns him to the prison library to assist elderly inmate Brooks Hatlen, a front to allow Andy to manage financial matters for other prison staff, guards from other prisons, and the warden himself. He came to Shawshank in 1965, the boys liked him immediately. Freeman's character alludes to the choice when queried by Andy on why he is called Red, replying "Maybe it's because I'm Irish. 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Andy and Red befriend him, and Andy helps him pass his GED exam. There is one other item that is significantly different in the movie than in the book. "[9] He found his most frequent struggles were with Deakins. [38] Among his inspirations, Darabont listed the works of director Frank Capra, including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946), describing them as tall tales; Darabont likened The Shawshank Redemption to a tall tale more than a prison movie. According to Darabont, harmonica player Tommy Morgan "casually delivered something dead-on perfect on the first take", and this is heard in the finished film. Andy approaches Norton with this information, but Norton refuses to listen, and when Andy mentions the money laundering, Norton sends him back to solitary confinement. This aided the actors' performances as their real-life relationships evolved alongside those of their respective characters. 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