Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

I just went out to get a drink while working on my LJ week update, but my mom and brother were starting Shawshank Redemption. I got sucked in and actually really enjoyed the movie. It sort of been on The List for a while now, but I never had any real interest in seeing it (and I always conflate it with some submarine war movie).


When it was movie week on Millionaire there was a question about the woman in the poster and Mary Alice called Rita Hayworth. She said there was a second one, but it wasn’t one of the options, and then they showed the clip of the poster, which made it even easier. (Assuming you recognize Rita Hayworth on sight, which of course I don't.) As the movie opens we see it's based on the Stephen King (!?) novella, "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" and if I'd known that then I would have known the answer. (Sidenote: There are in fact 3 posters -- Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Raquel Welch.)


I don’t understand why the guards beat Bogs near to death. Anyone explain?


Red: I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.

There was a bit earlier in the movie (you see why usually I take notes?) where Red's saying something and I wished the last sentence had been cut because it felt heavy-handed to me, like, "C'mon, we get it already," but I was glad for the "I hope" at the end of this because it actually hadn't clicked for me that he was hoping, he who had insisted hope was a dangerous thing. [When Andy's talking about that thing inside that makes you human and that they can't take away and Red says hope is a dangerous thing, I thought of Sirius, how the knowledge of his innocence kept him sane from the Dementors but because it was not a happy thought.]

It's a remarkably *up* ending.

Red: I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.

At that last line I thought, "And this is where it would end, with life just continuing on, but we knew as soon as Andy told Red about that rock under that tree that Red would get out and find it."




Red: Geology is the study of pressure and time. Thats all it takes really... pressure... and time... That, and big goddamn poster.

Andy Dufresne: I wouldn't say friends. I'm a convicted murderer who provides sound financial planning - it's a wonderful pet to have.

[Andy has asked Red to procure Rita Hayworth]
Andy Dufresne: Can you get her?
Red: It'll take a few weeks.
Andy Dufresne: Weeks?
Red: Well yeah, Andy. I don't have her stuffed down my pants right now, sorry to say, but relax, I'll get her.

Andy Dufresne: I have no enemies here.
Red: Wait a while. Word has it the Sisters have taken quite a likin' to you. Especially Bogs.
Andy Dufresne: I don't suppose it would help if I told them that I'm not homosexual.
Red: Neither are they. You have to be human first. They don't qualify.
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