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

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Image: via Forgotten Ohio
Image: via Forgotten Ohio

13. The prison that the film was shot in came very close to being demolished

Much of the movie was shot inside the Ohio State Reformatory, which stopped operating in 1990 following years of protests about the inhumane conditions there. Indeed, the “hole” that you see in the film was in fact based on the prison’s real solitary confinement chamber. The plan had been to tear the prison down, but after it was used for the film it became a historical site. What’s more, it’s still open for tours today.

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Image: Valerie Macon/Getty Images
Image: Valerie Macon/Getty Images

12. Frank Darabont used another iconic film to keep him inspired

Frank Darabont was initially very conflicted about using narration – a great deal of it taken verbatim from the book – in the film. He stuck with it, though, and during the shoot he watched Goodfellas every Sunday for inspiration and to remind him how effective voiceover narrative can be in cinema.

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