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    Shawshank Redemption

    Is Shawshank Redemption based on a true story? It's narrated like it is... and has a "dedicated to..." line...

    Did the dude really get sentanced for a crime he never commited, led an illegal money scandal with the warden, breakout by chipping threw the wall with a rock hammer and then crawl through 500 yards of sewage line to freedom... and then cash out with over 200k from 12 different banks the next morning...

    Seems kinda far fetched... but the way it is narrated with a timeline and then the black and white photo still showing the cops wading trough the water posing with the hammer - anyone know if it is based on a true story?

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    I love that movie and seen it many times, I believe that it is fictional? Anyone else?

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    It's based on a Stephen King story. It's fiction.

    Great movie, though!

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    If anything is true, it would have to be the innocent man in jail part.

    As for everything else, I think it is mostly fictional.

    Btw, another great prison movie is "The Last Castle."

    I highly recommend it

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    Fiction

    Great Movie nevertheless

    http://www.storyispromise.com/shawshan.htm

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    yea, it is based on a book, it is a great movie

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    Amazing fictional film.

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    Great movie. One of my favs..

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    this is a great movie i have seen it like 50 times

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warrior
    Is Shawshank Redemption based on a true story? It's narrated like it is... and has a "dedicated to..." line...

    Did the dude really get sentanced for a crime he never commited, led an illegal money scandal with the warden, breakout by chipping threw the wall with a rock hammer and then crawl through 500 yards of sewage line to freedom... and then cash out with over 200k from 12 different banks the next morning...

    Seems kinda far fetched... but the way it is narrated with a timeline and then the black and white photo still showing the cops wading trough the water posing with the hammer - anyone know if it is based on a true story?
    i dont think that its that far fetched at all. Based on the walls at the time (probably a sand/lime mortar mixture), and the amount of time that he had (20 years or so), I think that it can it be done. I think that the money part was the easiest. He had a warden who put him in complete control of the money. I would imagine that the regulations in the banking industry were far less than they are today.

    One of my top 10 movies of all time....

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    i dont think it was too unrealistic, by the way it is rated as the second best movie ever according to Internet Movie Database (best movie web site ever)

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    I say top 5

    1. Schindlers List
    2. Godfather (trilogy)
    3. Shawshank
    4. Hurricane-
    5. Cool Hand Luke

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    Stephen Kings book was called Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. I do believe it is fiction though. Still one of the best movies ever made imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by symatech
    Stephen Kings book was called Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. I do believe it is fiction though. Still one of the best movies ever made imo.
    who the hell is rita hayworth???

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickrizz
    who the hell is rita hayworth???
    Wasn't that the chick in the poster he used to hide the big frickin' hole in his cell?

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    yep the chic in the poster
    the one with the man sized hole behind it

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    maybe, im not sure, the book probably goes into detail about the poster and rambles about it for like 200 pages like most books that write crap just to make them longer

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    Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption is from a book of four novellas by Stephen King. Three of the four have been made into movies including Shawshank, Apt Pupil, and the Body (Stand by Me was the movie). The other one (can't remember the name of the story) was a horror that hasn't been produced as a movie. The whole book is only about 500 pages, so each story isn't super-long. But 3 out of 4 made into movies (two really successful ones) is a pretty good track record.

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    wow, thats interesting, the godfather had a few different books in it as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoobJuice
    I say top 5

    1. Schindlers List
    2. Godfather (trilogy)
    3. Shawshank
    4. Hurricane-
    5. Cool Hand Luke
    Not a bad list, but no Star Wars or Matrix?

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    Don't know if it was true, but a great movie nonetheless.

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    Great flick- totally believable- but fiction, or fictionalized.

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    i didnt really like the part when he got raped by those guys

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