I went on wikipedia to find more information about the movie and this is some interesting stuff that I found:
>Brad Pitt was considered for the role of the guy who was shot after saying that he talked to the guy who killed Andy Dufresne' wife and her lover.
>Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Nicholas Cage, and Charlie Sheen were all considered for Andy Dufresne! Can you imagine that?? How different the movie would have been.
>Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, are among a few who were considered for the role of "Red"! Again, WTF. I'm so happy Morgan Freeman got the role.
>The director also directed the Green Mile, both movies about prison and of course both written by Stephen King. He also directed The Mist. Also a King book.
>In the year that it came out, two other movies came out: Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction. Both movies completely overshadowed SR, winning all the Oscars. But 2008, most people rank Shawshank above Forrest and Fiction on Best Movies of All Time lists.
>In the movie, when Red is approved parole, the young man in the picture of his ID is that off his son Alfonso. He also plays the guy at the beginning of the movie when the new arrivals appear and he's calling out 'fishy fishy' holding an imaginary rod.
That's it. I'll probably see this movie again soon.