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

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The Shawshank Redemption is often hailed as one of the greatest films of all time. Adapted from a Stephen King novella, the tale of Andy Dufresne’s time in prison is powerful, emotional and compelling. Some of the tales of what happened while the film was being made, however, are actually just as intriguing…

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Image: via UA Modna

20. The original title of the movie was longer

The original Stephen King novella on which the film was based was actually titled Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, in reference to the poster that Andy keeps in his cell. And this was intended to be the title of the subsequent movie adaptation as well. However, Castle Rock, the company that produced the film, eventually changed the name to prevent people from thinking that the screen version was in any way about Rita Hayworth herself.

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Image: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

19. Rob Reiner came very close to directing the film

By 1994 Rob Reiner had already directed two very successful Stephen King adaptations in Stand by Me and Misery, and he had his eyes set on a third. He even offered Frank Darabont, who had written the script for Shawshank, a rumored $3 million to let him direct the movie with Tom Cruise in a lead role. And while Darabont did seriously consider the offer, he ultimately refused, instead helming the film himself.

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