Differences in the movie from the book Though There are no changes to the setting and theme to the story and movie screenplay is loyal to Stephen Kings original novella. he's a red-headed white man The Indian Normaden that shares Andy's cell for a period does not appear in the film. The movie version changed its name from the book version Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption to Shawshank Redemption. It is consistently ranked amongst the best movies of all time. Rita Hayworth has very to do with the story in the scheme of things. In both versions.THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION Shawshank Redemption is an extraordinary example of turning classic stories into cinematic masterpieces! The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 movie. so this is why it was probably removed. home video. Shawshank received favourable reviews from critics and enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television. based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. the plot and overall idea/ message of the movie remained the same.e. Despite a poor box office reception (partially due to competition from the commercial success of films such as Forrest Gump. Oscar declared ‘the shawshank redemption’ to be the best film ever which did not get an Oscar for the best picture. written and directed by Frank Darabont. and Speed). ending with the words "I hope.In this adaptation. The movie was a tremendous box office success and garnered 12 Oscar nominations and seven Oscars." The movie shows Red finding Andy on the beach in Mexico. Red is a black man and in the book. This final scene in the movie shows that Red meets up with Andy. However there are some differences which are listed below: • The endings in book and movie were changed up some the book ends with Red en route to find Andy in Mexico but not sure that he will. ADAPTATION: Any person who have come across both forms of the art i. and continues to be noticed by popular culture. . film and novel will not deny the fact that the movie has shown extreme faithfulness to the novel however the film can neither be termed as direct ‘transposition’ of the novel since few parts have been modified to suit the film nor can it be called analogy as the context of the film remains similar to the novel . we don’t see the change in period of the fiction as the plot remains same in both form with slight modification here and there . • • Main difference is that in the movie. When this book was made into a film. and DVD. Pulp Fiction. The film stars Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis "Red" Redding. The plot of Shawshank revolves around Andy Dufresne's life in prison after being convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover. This never happens in the book.Hence it would be appropriate to label this adaptation to be ‘commentary’ type .

The endings are slightly different. In the novel. The 'record playing' incident never happened in the novel. In the book. it was another con named Charlie Lathrop. he sets up a false identity and transfers all assets there. in the novel. Norton is warden throughout. the warden is a man named Dunahy. In the novella Andy never gave Red a harmonica. Andy comes to Shawshank Prison in 1948. Brooks tells Andy that he came to Shawshank in 1905. The scene where Norton visits him in "the hole" was not in the book. when Andy escapes and makes Norton's crimes known. he is found dead in the courtyard shortly after his release. The tarring of the roof occurred in 1950 and not 1949. Norton commits suicide in his office rather than allow himself to be arrested. Andy escaped in 1975. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Andy's prison identity is changed from "81433-SHNK" to "37927" In the novel. He only uses one in the movie. and Hazel Court in his cell at times. In the novel. Warden Norton has embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars. The men's lengthy discussion about institutionalization was not in the novel. such as Heywood. rather than being killed. Brooks' threatening to cut the throat of another prisoner to avoid being paroled only appears in the film. Andy asked Red for the Rita Hayworth poster while they were watching a movie called The Lost Weekend. The postcard received from where Andy crossed the United States–Mexico border was not from Fort Hancock. In the novel it was not Red who informed Tommy about Glenn Quentin. In both the film and the novel. Red does mention a bit about this topic at one point. The screening of Gilda never took place. not a baby girl as in the film. In the film. The novel says that he was put in prison "while Coolidge was president". Calvin Coolidge was in office as the President of the United States from 1923 to 1929. Floyd. His suicide soon after leaving prison only occurs in the film. However. in the film. The novel ends with Red en route to find Andy in Mexico but not sure that he will. The scene where the guard beats the new 'fish' so badly that he dies after being left in the infirmary over night never happened in the novel. the lead guards come and go. in 1966. In both the novel and the film. not 1965. Texas but from another town in the state named "McNary". . Jake was not a crow but a pigeon in the novel. Andy's escape also occurs 9 years earlier. Marylin Monroe and Raquel Welch. Tommy is transferred to a low-security prison. Brooks is paroled and leaves Shawshank. Andy had a small frame and wore gold rimmed spectacles in the novel." The movie shows Red finding Andy on the beach in Mexico. Andy himself sets up the false identity so that he can create accounts to launder money for the warden. In the film. whereas in the novel. ending with the words "I hope. he is replaced by a man named Stammas. but in the novel. Tommy came to Shawshank in 1962. In the novel. Red and his friends did not give a sack of rocks as a present to Andy in the novel. Red was paroled after only thirty-eight years instead of forty. Linda Ronstadt. Similarly. who is himself replaced by Sam Norton. In the book. not 1946.• • • • The scene where Norton inspects Andy's cell for contraband without finding the rock hammer (and they quote scripture at each other) does not appear in the novel. and "Fat Ass". Andy goes through two rock hammers while making his hole. Andy only spent twenty days in solitary instead of a full month. Andy then drains these accounts upon his escape. Andy has posters of Jayne Mansfield. What becomes of the bird after Brooks sets him free is uncertain in the movie. Together with a friend. but in the book. Byron Hadley is the lead guard until the very end. The prison yard is never asphalted in the movie. In the film. Norton quietly resigns after Andy's escape whereas. instead he gave him polished rocks that he collected from the exercise yard. Andy sells off all his assets while still on trial. In the novel. Red never becomes assistant librarian in the novel. were either not included or much less involved in the novel than they are in the movie. in exchange for not talking. he didn't wear any glasses until late in the film. • • • • • • • • Many of the cons. His child was a three-year-old boy. when Andy comes to Shawshank. In the Film he only has posters of Rita Hayworth.

" Red his well known for being able to get almost anything into Shawshank prison. the chief of the guard. Andy is also able to occupy his cell on his own. Soon after he arrives at the prison "The Sisters". Buy Andy continues and explains that there is a loophole which allows Hadley to keep his entire inheritance. In the book Andy does share his cell briefly with an Indian called Normaden. until one day he does receive money (books in the movie). Andy then starts to . loan applications and other similar financial tasks. The story is narrated by Red. Andy approach's Hadley. In the movie all prisoners have their own cell." Andy did not steal warden Norton's shoes and clothes in the novel. Andy buys a bottle of Jack Daniels before his birthday and Christmas. turn their attentions to Andy. He soon leaves though. The plot of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption The story of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption starts in 1947 when Andy Dufresne arrives at Shawshank prison. He is "the guy who can get stuff. discretely arranges for the guards to ensure that Red and his pals get the work detail. mentioning a "bad draft" in the cell whilst he was there. Unlikely the other convicts Andy is not a hardened criminal. The famous line "Get busy living or get busy dying" was never spoken by Andy in the novel. The other inmates and guards think he is wasting his time. Red notices that Andy is uncharacteristically nervous and excited when asking for the poster. The state only spends prison money on bars. When Brooks the librarian is paroled. Andy claims he is innocent. The prison agrees to provide prisons to tar the roof of a building. now that he has plenty of time on his hands. Obviously prisoners are keen to leave the prison even if it means hard labor. As with his life outside. Andy used the hammer to shape himself rocks he finds in the exercise yard. without paying tax.• • • Every year in Shawshank. Andy offers to complete the paperwork in exchange for some beers for himself and his fellow work detail prisoners. unlike most other inmates. In the movie Andy says he "gave up drinking. however Hadley complains about the tax he will have to pay on the inheritance. Red. He is aiming to complete an entire chess set. who nearly throws him off the roof. nor did he ask Heywood for a line of rope. He is a soft-spoken banker convicted of killing his wife and her lover. This is a major event in the story as Andy become well regarded with his inmate friends and the guards. thinking this may be a lethal object (which it is). However he understands Andy's request a little more when the hammer arrives. After some time Andy comes into the movie theatre and asks Red to get him a poster of Rita Hayworth. who appears on the movie screen that Red is watching (This is the only reference to Rita Hayworth in the story). Andy becomes a successful financial advisor inside the prison. Andy and Red develop a very respectful friendship. Andy takes over the librarian role. Whilst on the roof Hadley. He drinks a few shots and gives it back to Red to pass it around the other inmates. The prison employees use Andy to complete their tax returns. a gang of prison rapists led by Bogs Diamond. though it does occur as part of Red's narration. He asks Red to get him a rock hammer. being the influential man he is. Red is a little suspicious at first. and wishes to continue to do so inside the prison. Andy receives no response to his letters. The other guards are enthusiastic for him. not books. Normaden does not appear in the movie. In return the guards get Andy protection from Bogs and the other Sisters. and this is the reason that Andy approaches him. Andy used to enjoy rock-carving. Andy sends weekly letters to the state senate asking for funds for books. Andy has kept himself to himself. but one day approaches Red in the exercise yard. is telling the other guards how he has been left an inheritance by his wealthy brother.

stating that he is "talking funny. When Andy returns from solitary confinement he finds Tommy gone. and he gets transferred to a minimum security prison. Andy had been spending his evenings. that was a special place for him and his wife. and finds the field and tree Andy has told him about. When Andy argues with him warden Norton sends Andy to solitary confinement. in which inmates work outside the prison for very low wages. Red knows this is Andy letting him know all is well. A new prisoner called Tommy comes to Shawshank prison. Andy helps several other inmates to get their high school diplomas and degrees. and finally came out into a ditch beyond the grounds of Shawshank prison. and a sum of money. In the movie Tommy is shot by guard Hadley. in the movie) starts a program called "Inside-Out". and on one morning Andy is discovered missing at roll call. An initial search does not find Andy. Norton is concerned about loosing Andy. with a note from Andy. In Andy's disappointed state he talks at length with Red. Red starts to worry about Andy. . Other companies cannot compete with this low-cost labor. Red violates his parole and catches a bus to Mexico. Andy's persistent work grows the library greatly. that Tommy had had a cellmate at a different prison who bragged about killing a rich golfer and some hot-shot banker's wife. who tells Andy. along with any chance of Andy's freedom. This cash has to be laundered. and he is heading to Mexico. and the sake of the library." Andy tells Red of a town in Buxton in Maine.write twice weekly.S. The warden is looking in Andy's cell when he discovers a poster covering the wall. and the banker getting jailed for it. and Andy does this for free. now Raquel Welch. Andy tells Red of his dream of moving to Mexico. Andy was free. Norton interviews Tommy about the information he has.-Meixco border. since getting his rock hammer. and makes a deal with Tommy. and settling in the small town of Zihuatanejo on the Pacific coastline. but the movie has a final shot where we see Red waking across a sun drenched beach in Mexico. Tommy tells another prisoner. One of the many wardens in the novel (there is only one Warden. This is clearly the real killer of Andy's wife. Several weeks pass. The warden removes the poster and finds a man-sized tunnel cut through the walls of the prison. to remind Andy of his place in the prison hierarchy. telling Andy to ignore this made up story. Norton. for continued protection in the prison. towards Andy who is working on his boat. once through the prison walls. Andy sees the possibility of a new trial since this evidence would prove his innocence. Red finds a buried tin. Andy tells Red that when he gets out of Shawshank. On the night of his escape. Red hick-hikes to Buxton. The novella ends here. and often bribe warden Norton not to bid on contracts. A while after Red gets a blank postcard from a small town in Texas (McNary). near the U. Red is paroled and begins to make a life for himself outside of the prison. Andy broke into a sewage pipe and crawled 500 yards through it. Warden Norton dismisses the story. hoping to find his friend Andy. to locate a specific tree in a specific field in this town. slowly digging through the prison walls. Tommy will not talk of the information he has.

And despite the necessary new characters and plot deviations." after seeing a film? There aren't that many great stories out there that have been surpassed in excellence by their film versions. I'll just say that as far as the Book vs. Darabont captures King’s theme of “Hope springs eternal. While Hollywood has a horrible tendency to alter complete scenes and even add scenes that were non-existent in the book. Movie is concerned. thankfully Shawshank Redemption was saved from this usually doomed faith to a great extent. but the movie was awful.CONCLUSION How many times have you told yourself "The book was great.” that he established so masterfully in his short tale. Frank Darabont does a remarkable job of staying quite true to the King story. but it is still one of the greatest movie ever made.” Need I say more ? . Although there surely were some differences between the movie and the book. the movie has more.Tim Robbins turns in the best performance of his career as Andy and Morgan Freeman peformance soars. The movie undoubtedly has shortcomings. the Movie wins.Even Stephen King says – “the story has heart. both as an actor portraying Red and as the narrator of the movie.

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