Plot Outline of “The Shawshank Redemption”

 

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Beat Acts Action Sequences Beat Description Storylines
1
1
Andy’s crime and court case that sentences him to prison.
Andy catches his wife cheating and decides not to confront her.
A man and woman enter a cabin and take each other’s clothes off to have sex. Andy’s wife
Andy’s wife’s lover
(Andy )
2 Andy sits in a car outside the cabin listening to his wife have sex with another man. Andy drinks bourbon and loads a revolver with bullets. Andy
Andy’s wife
Andy’s wife’s lover
3 Andy walks to the cabin with his gun but breaks down in tears before he can enter. Andy
Andy’s wife
Andy’s wife’s lover
4
Andy’s court case leading to him going to jail.
In court, the prosecutor accuses Andy of killing his wife and claims his neighbors heard him say “I’ll see you in hell before I divorce you.” Prosecutor
Andy
Jury
Judge
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
5 In court, Andy tells the story of how his wife told him she was cheating. Then he went to some bars and got drunk, then drove to the cheater’s house to scare them with a gun. Prosecutor
Andy
Jury
Judge
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
6 In court, Andy tells the story of how he chickened out, threw his gun in a river and went home. Prosecutor
Andy
Jury
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
7 In court, the prosecutor says the river was dragged and the gun was never found. Prosecutor
Andy
Jury
Judge
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
8 In court, the prosecutor gives his closing statements. Prosecutor
Andy
Jury
Judge
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
9 The jury finds Andy guilty. Jury
Andy
Judge
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
10 The judge sentences Andy to two life sentences at Shawshank prison. Judge
Andy
Jury
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
11
2
Andy inprocesses into prison.
Introduce Red
In the Shawshank hearings room, Red is questioned by the parole board. Red says he’s remorseful and reformed, but the board denies his parole. Red
Parole board
12 In the prison yard, Red sells contraband to prisoners. His voice over explains that he sells contraband to prisoners. A prison bus approaches the gates, and the prisoners in the yard gather near the fence to watch. Red
Prisoners
(Andy )
13 Andy arrives at prison. In the prison bus, Hadley pushes Andy out of the bus and abuses him a little. Voice over of Red restating that Andy was in prison for murdering his wife and her lover, and that he’d been a vice president of a bank. Hadley
Andy
Fat man
Prisoners
(Red )
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
14 Introduce Red’s friends, who bet on which newbie will crack. In the prison yard, Red takes bets from Heywood, Ernie, Floyd, and Jigger on which new prisoner will crack their first night in prison. Red makes a large bet that Andy will crack. Red
Heywood
Floyd
Ernie
Jigger
(Andy )
(Prisoners )
15
Andy arrives at prison.
In the Shawshank admitting area, Norton introduces himself and Hadley to the new prisoners and give them Bibles. Then they begin showering the prisoners with water houses and delousing them. Norton
Hadley
Andy
Prisoners
16 The new inmates are examined by a disinterested doctor who looks in their butt holes with a pen light. Doctor
Andy
Prisoners
17 In the Shawshank chapel, the new inmates are forced to listen to a service naked and cold. Norton
Andy
Prisoners
18 The new inmates are led to their cells, naked and carrying Bibles. Voice over of Red explaining how hard the first night is and how many new inmates will lose their mind that first night. Andy
Prisoners
(Red )
19
The first night at prison
Andy enters his cell, and the guards call for lights out. Veteran prisoners start taunting the new inmates. Voice over of Red explaining how they’re trying to make the new inmates crack. Andy
Guards
Prisoners
(Red )
20 Heywood taunts a fat new inmate into cracking. Heywood
Fat man
Prisoners
21 Hadley enters and tells the fat inmate to be quiet. When he won’t comply, Hadley beats him and has him taken to the infirmary. Hadley
Guards
Fat Man
Prisoners
22 In Red’s cell, Red looks at the blood on the main floor below. Voice over of Red saying Andy didn’t make a sound and cost Red two packs of cigarettes. Red
(Fat man )
(Andy )
(Heywood )
23
3
Andy gets raped and plans his escape.
Andy starts work and meets Bogs and Rooster
In Cellblock 5, the prisoners line up in the morning for their head count. Andy is not disconcerted. Guards
Prisoners
Andy
24 In the mess hall, Andy is cat called by Bogs and Rooster. Andy sits down and meets Brooks, Red, Floyd, Heywood and Tyrell. Andy learns that Brooks has a pet crow, and the fat inmate is dead. Andy
Bogs
Rooster
Brooks
Red
Heywood
Crow
25 In the laundry room, Andy does a poor job of working the laundry line. Andy
Prisoners
26 Andy is almost raped by Bogs, Rooster and Pete (Team 3) in the shower. Andy
Bogs
Rooster
27
Andy buys a rock hammer from Red.
In Andy’s cell, he lays in bed staring at the ceiling, unable to sleep. Andy
28 In the exercise yard, Andy formally introduces himself to Red and asks to buy a rock hammer. Red says he’ll get it for $10 and warns Andy that Team 3 wants to rape him. Andy
Red
(Boggs )
(Rooster )
Prisoners
29 In the mess hall, Andy gives Red $10 while in line for breakfast. Andy
Red
Prisoners
30 At the loading dock, a driver drops off a bag of laundry. Leonard stealthily retrieves the rock hammer from the laundry bag. Prisoners
(Red )
(Andy )
31 In the laundry exchange, Red gives Leonard two packs of cigarettes, and Leonard gives Red the rock hammer. Red
Prisoners
(Andy )
32 In Red’s cell, Red inspects the rock hammer. Voice over of Red saying it would take 600 years to tunnel out with it. Red
(Andy )
33 In cellblock 5, Brooks is passing out library books to inmates. Red passes Brooks the rock hammer and some cigarettes. Then Brooks passes the rock hammer to Andy in his cell. Brooks
Prisoners
(Red )
(Andy )
34
Andy gets raped
Andy gets raped by Team 2. Andy
Boggs
Rooster
35 Voice over as Red narrates multiple scenes, talking about how Andy was raped repeatedly in his first two years. He fought back as much as he could but and ended up in solitaire or the infirmary often. He might have gone crazy, except something happened that changed everything in the spring of 1949. (Red )
Boggs;
Rooster
Andy
Guards
Doctor
36
4
Andy wins the guard’s favor and vanquishes his rapists.
Andy wins favor with the guards.
Norton announces the roof of the license plate factory needs to be re-tarred. Team 1 volunteers in order to spend more time outside. Norton
Prisoners
Guards
Red
Andy
Heywood
37 On the license plate factory roof, Team 2 spreads tar while Hadley complains to Youngblood about how he’s going to be over-taxed on an inheritance he will be receiving. Hadley
(Hadley’s wife )
Guards
Andy
Red
Heywood
38 Andy tells Hadley he won’t have to pay taxes on his inheritance if he gives the money to his wife as a gift, but he’ll need someone to prepare the tax documents, which Andy will do in exchange for beers for Team 1. Andy
Hadley
(Hadley’s wife )
Guards
Red
Heywood
39 Team 1 drinks beers on the roof of the license plate factory. Andy
Hadley
Guards
Red
Heywood
40
Andy and Red get to know each other, and Andy plans/prepares to escape.
In the prison yard, Red and Andy play checkers. Andy says he’d like to make a chess board and carve his own pieces. Red asks Andy why he killed his wife and her lover, and Andy restates his innocence. Red confesses he did kill the person he went to jail for. Red
Andy
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
Prisoners
41 In Andy’s cell, he polishes a piece of limestone to make a chess piece out of and scratches a name in the wall with this rock hammer. Andy
42 In the prison movie theater, Andy asks Red to get him a Rita Heywood poster. Andy
Red
Prisoners
43
Andy gets raped, and the guards neutralize Bogs.
While leaving the prison movie theater, Andy meets Team 3, who pushes him in the projection booth and attempts to rape him. Andy doesn’t cooperate. So they beat him within an inch of his life. Andy
Boggs
Rooster
44 Voice over of Red explaining that Andy spent a month in traction, and Bogs spent a week in solitary. After Bogs gets out of solitary, he goes back to his cell where he’s beat and crippled by Hadley and Mert. Voice over as Red explains Team 3 never bothered Andy again. Andy
Boggs
Rooster
Hadley
Guards
Red
45 In the prison yard, Team 1 watches Bogs get loaded into an ambulance to be transferred. Red suggests Team 1 gets Andy some rocks to make chess pieces out of as a welcome home gift for when he gets out of the hospital. Red
Heywood
Boggs
Guards
Prisoners
(Andy )
46
Andy returns from the infirmary while his friends do him a kindness.
While working in a field, Team 1 gathers large rocks for Andy. Red
Heywood
(Andy )
47 In the prison laundry room, Red gets a shipment of contraband that includes Andy’s Rita Heywood poster. Red
Prisoners
(Andy )
48 Andy returns to his cell limping. He finds the Rita Heywood poster waiting for him. Andy
Guards
(Red )
49
5
Andy gets a job in the library and doing guards’ taxes.
Norton recruits Andy to do bank work for the guards.
The next morning, as the inmates exit their cells for breakfast, Red sees the poster on Andy’s wall. Guards
Prisoners
Red
(Andy )
50 Norton and Hadley enter cellblock 5 and perform a contraband search. They give other prisoners weeks in solitary for contraband found. Norton
Hadley
Guards
Prisoners
Andy
Red
51 Norton and Hadley search Andy’s cell. They question his rock collection and poster but let it slide. Norton tells Andy he’s heard he’s good with numbers. Voice over of Red explaining that the search was an excuse for Norton to size up Andy. Norton
Hadley
Andy
(Red )
52
Andy starts working in the library
While working in the prison laundry room, Hadley tells Andy he’s being taken off laundry duty. Andy is taken to Norton’s office where Norton tells Andy he has a new job befitting his education. Hadley
Andy
Prisoners
Norton
53 Andy enters the prison library where he tells Brooks he’s been reassigned. Brooks is unhappy but compliant. Guards
Andy
Brooks
Crow
(Norton )
54 As Brooks gives Andy the short tour of the library, Andy questions why Brooks is getting an assistant when he’s never had one. Brooks says he doesn’t know. Brooks
Andy
(Norton )
55 While working in the prison library, Hadley introduces Andy to Dekins. Dekins tells Andy he wants to set up a college fund for his children, and Andy helps him. Hadley
Guards
Andy
Brooks
56 In the mess hall, Brooks tells the rest of Team 1 about Andy’s encounter with Dekins. Andy says he’s being used by the guards. Red points out that at least it got him out of laundry duty. Andy makes a plan to expand the library by asking around for funds. Brooks says nobody gives money to prisoners. Brooks
Andy
Guards
Red
Heywood
57
Andy plans/prepares to improve the library.
In Norton’s office, Andy asks Norton for more money for the library. Norton refuses. Andy asks permission to write letters to the government, and Norton agrees to allow him, reiterating it’s a fool’s errand. Andy
Norton
Government
58 In Andy’s cell, Andy writes a letter. Voice over of Red explaining Andy would write/send one letter a week to the government asking for funds for the library. Even though Andy never got a response, he kept writing. Andy
Government
(Red )
59
Andy’s work with the guards escalates
In the prison library, Andy is doing Mert’s taxes, and a line of prison guards are waiting for their turn. Voice over of Red explaining Andy did half the guard’s taxes that year. Andy
Guards
Brooks
(Red )
60 In the prison library, Andy is doing more guards taxes. Voice over of Red explaining the next year Andy did all the guards’ taxes. Andy
Guards
Brooks
(Red )
61 At the prison baseball field, guards from another prison play baseball against the Shawshank guards. Voice over of Red explaining the next year Andy did the taxes for other prisons’ guards, and softball season was moved to accommodate it. Each April Red got to get out of the wood working shop to help Andy with filing, which he was happy about. Andy
Guards
Brooks
(Red )
62
Andy continues trying to improve the library.
Outside Norton’s office, Andy puts a letter in the outgoing mail pile. Voice over of Red explaining Andy kept sending letters to the government asking for more library funds. Andy
(Government )
(Red )
63 In Andy’s cell, he polishes a chess piece and looks longingly at his poster. Andy
64
6
Brooks gets out of prison, fails to acclimate to freedom and kills himself.
Brooks prepares to leave Shawshank
In the prison yard, Floyd tells Red and Andy in a panic that Brooks needs help. They run to the prison library and find Brooks threatening to kill Heywood. Brooks is upset he’s getting paroled and feels killing Heywood is the only way to stay in prison. Andy talks Brooks down. Floyd
Andy
Red
(Brooks )
(Heywood )
65 In the prison yard, Andy asks Red why Brooks was freaking out about getting paroled, and Red explains that Brooks has been institutionalized. Andy
Red
(Brooks )
(Parole board )
66 In Andy’s cell, Andy watches the morning light shine across his poster. Andy
67 In the prison library, Brooks lets his crow fly free out the window. Brooks
Crow
68
Brooks enters his new life and show his reaction and plan.
Montage of Brooks being let out of prison and making his way to his new apartment. Voice over of Brooks explaining in a letter to Team 1 how much things have changed and how out of place he feels. Brooks
Guards
(Andy )
(Red )
(Heywood )
69 A woman leads Brooks up some stairs to his apartment. She is terse and strict. Voice over of Brooks complaining about the world he’s returned to. Brooks
Landlady
(Andy )
(Red )
(Heywood )
70 Brooks stands in his room looking lost. Voice over of Brooks explaining the parole board got him an apartment at a boarding house and a job at a grocery store. Brooks
(Parole board )
(Grocery boss )
(Andy )
(Red )
(Heywood )
71
Brooks tries and fails to adjust and then kills himself.
Brooks bags groceries at the grocery store. He is miserable. Voice over of Brooks explaining how miserable he is. Brooks
Grocery boss
(Andy )
(Red )
(Heywood )
72 Brooks sits alone feeding pigeons. Voice over of Brooks explaining he misses his crow. Brooks
(Crow )
(Andy )
(Red )
(Heywood )
73 Brooks wakes up in his sleep confused and afraid in his room. Voice over of Brooks explaining he has trouble sleeping at night. Brooks
(Prisoners )
(Andy )
(Red )
(Heywood )
74 Brooks is bagging groceries at the grocery store. Voice over of Brooks explaining he thinks about buying a gun and robbing the grocery store so he can go back to prison. Brooks
(Grocery boss )
(Andy )
(Red )
(Heywood )
75 Brooks is packing his possessions in a carry bag. Voice over of Brooks explaining he’s too old for crime. Brooks
(Andy )
(Red )
(Heywood )
76 Dressed in his best clothes, Brooks hangs himself in his room. Voice over of Brooks explaining he doesn’t like it where he is, and he’s leaving. And nobody will notice he’s gone. Brooks
(Andy )
(Red )
(Heywood )
77
Brooks’s friends react to his death and honors him.
In the prison exercise yard, Andy reads Brooks’ letter. Red says Brooks should have died in prison. Andy
Red
Heywood
(Brooks )
78 In the library, Andy discovers Brook’s crow had returned to the library and died of starvation or grief on a shelf waiting for Brooks. Andy
Crow
(Brooks )
79 In the wood shop, Red is making something. Voice over of Red explaining Andy suggested Team 1 does something, and everyone agreed. Red
Andy
(Brooks )
(Heywood )
80 While working on a chain gang in a field, Team 1 buries Brook’s crow in a small casket, and Red gives a eulogy for Brooks and his crow. Red
Andy
Heywood
(Brooks )
(Crow )
Guards
81
7
Andy builds up the library, gets in trouble for playing music and celebrates his 10 year anniversary.
Andy improves the library but gets sent to solitary for an act of defiance and humanity.
Norton storms into the prison exercise yard and angrily accuses Andy of doing something wrong. Hadley orders Andy to go to Norton’s office. Norton
Andy
Prisoners
(Government )
82 In Norton’s office, Hadley shows Andy several boxes of library material, $200 and a letter from the government saying they’ve filled Andy’s request and to stop sending letters. Andy says he’s going to write two letters a week now. Hadley tells Andy to get the boxes out of the office. Then Hadley leaves. Andy
Hadley
(Government )
83 Andy looks at the records, then puts one on the record player next to the prison intercom microphone. Andy plays classical music throughout the prison. Andy
Guards
Prisoners
Red
84 All the prisoners stop and listen in awe as Andy barricades the door to prevent the guards from entering. Voice over of Red glorifying the event and saying Andy got two weeks solitary confinement for his misdeed. Andy
Prisoners
Guards
85 Andy is sitting in solitary confinement contendedly listening to music in his head. Andy
86 In the mess hall, Team 1 discusses Andy’s misdeed. Andy says it was worth it because it reminded him he is free, and they need to remember music. Red
Heywood
Andy
(Guards )
87
Red and Andy celebrate Andy’s 10 year anniversary and their friendship
In the parole room, Red gives the same speech to the parole board as he did earlier and is rejected again. Red
Parole board
88 Red emerges into the exercise yard unsurprised and unbothered by his parole rejection. Andy gives him an anniversary gift of a harmonica. Andy asks Red to play it, but Red says, “Not today.” Red
Andy
Prisoners
89 In Andy’s cell block, Andy finds a Marylin Monroe poster with a note from Red that says, “Happy 10 year anniversary.” Andy
(Red )
90 In Red’s cell, Red stares at the ceiling and briefly considers playing the harmonica but puts it back. Red
(Andy )
91
Andy completes his quest to improve the library.
In the library, a work crew expands the library. Voice over of Red explaining the government gave a large donation and recurring payment to the library just to get Andy to stop sending letters. Government
Andy
(Red )
92 In the library, Andy oversees a delivery of new books. Andy is very proud of himself. Andy
Red
Heywood
93 In the wood shop, Red makes a sign for the library, naming it in memory of Brooks. Voice over of Red explaining it was the best prison library for hundreds of miles. Red
Andy
(Brooks )
94
8
Norton begins stealing money, and Andy helps launder his money.
Norton starts a business, and Andy helps him embezzle the profits.
Montage of Norton campaigning in public. Voice over of Red explaining how that year, Norton made a name for himself using his prisoners as slave labor doing contract work for the government. Norton
Government
Guards
Prisoners
95 On the side of a road, Team 1 works on a chain gang. A reporter asks for a photo, and they are uncooperative. Heywood in particular taunts the reporter. Reporter
Guards
Heywood
Andy
Red
96 Heywood sits in solitary confinement looking bummed. Voice over of Red explaining prisoners weren’t allowed to express their views. Heywood
(Guards )
(Red )
97 At a work site, Ned complains to Norton that his slave labor is underbidding the competition and putting them out of business. Ned bribes Norton to get the contract for the job they’re at. Norton says he’ll take his crew elsewhere. Voice over of Red explaining that Norton found 100 ways to skim money out of the contract chain gang business. Norton
Contractor
Prisoners
(Government )
98 In Norton’s office, Andy is keeping Norton’s books. Voice over of Red explaining how Andy laundered all of Norton’s illegal money. Norton
Andy;
(Red )
99 In the library Andy explains more of the money laundering scheme to Red. Specifically Andy mentions how the money is kept in multiple bank accounts under a legal but fake alias that only Andy and Norton know. Andy
Red
(Norton )
100 In the exercise yard, Red asks Andy if he feels guilty about laundering Norton’s dirty money. Andy says he’s not responsible, and it’s the only reason Norton lets Andy keep his library. Their conversation is cut short by the prison sirens blaring to notify a new bus of inmates is coming. Red
Andy
(Norton )
Prisoners
(Tommy )
101
9
Tommy comes to prison, gets an education from Andy and then gets killed by Hadley.
Tommy arrives at prison.
In the prison bus, Tommy stands up and exits chained to all the other prisoners. Tommy
Guards
Prisoners
102 Tommy is put in his cell with his new roommate. Tommy isn’t happy, but he takes his situation lightly. Tommy
Guards
Prisoners
103 Tommy struts down the cell block confidently. Voice over of Red explaining Tommy was serving two years for stealing TVs from a department store. Tommy
Guards
Prisoners
(Red )
104 Tommy works with Red in the wood shop enthusiastically. Voice over of Red saying Team 1 liked him immediately. Tommy
Red
(Andy )
(Heywood )
(Floyd )
105 In the mess hall, Tommy tells Team 1 a funny story about how he was arrested. Everyone laughs. Tommy
Andy
Red
Heywood
Floyd
106
Andy helps Tommy get his GED.
Team 1 plays poker in the library and make jokes about how many times Tommy has been arrested and obviously needs a new profession because he’s a bad criminal. Tommy
Andy
Red
Heywood
Floyd
107 In the visitor’s room, Tommy talks to his wife about needing a new profession when he gets out. Voice over of Red saying Tommy has a wife and daughter. Tommy
Tommy’s wife
(Tommy’s daughter )
(Red )
108 Tommy enters the library and tells Andy he needs a new profession and wants to get his high school diploma. Andy agrees to help Tommy get his high school diploma. Tommy
Andy
(Tommy’s wife )
(Tommy’s daughter )
109 In the library, Andy teaches Tommy literature. Tommy is a bad student. Tommy
Andy
110 In the library, Andy Teaches Tommy reading. Tommy is a bad student. Tommy
Andy
111 In the library, Andy Teaches Tommy the alphabet. Tommy is a bad student. Tommy
Andy
112 In the mess hall, Andy Teaches Tommy something. Tommy is making progress Tommy
Andy
Prisoners
113 In the exercise yard, Andy Teaches Tommy reading. Tommy is making progress Tommy
Andy
Prisoners
114 In the wood working shop, Tommy is reading a book. Red yells at him to get back to work. Tommy
Red
(Andy )
115 In the library, Andy Teaches Tommy something. Tommy is making progress. Voice over of Red saying Andy has an ulterior motive for helping Tommy. Tommy
Andy
Prisoners
(Red )
116 In Andy’s cell, Andy polishes a chess piece. Voice over of Red explaining people in prison will do anything to keep their mind occupied. Andy
(Tommy )
(Red )
117 In the library, Tommy takes his GED test. When he’s finished he says he failed and throws the test away. Andy says he might not have done bad and takes the test out of the trash. Tommy
Andy
118
Andy learns Tommy has evidence he’s innocent and tries to convince Norton to investigate.
In the wood working shop, Tommy tells Red he disappointed Andy. Red disagrees. Tommy asks what Andy is in for, and Red tells him about Andy’s murder case. Tommy gasps after having an epiphany. Tommy
Red
(Andy )
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
(The real killer )
119 In the library, Tommy tells Andy and Red about a cellmate he had at another prison who bragged about killing Andy’s wife and her lover and the crime getting pinned on Andy. Tommy
Red
(Andy )
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
(The real killer )
120 In Norton’s office, Norton tells Andy that Tommy’s story is a lie. Andy presses, and Norton gives Andy a month of solitary confinement. Andy
Norton
(Tommy )
(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
(The real killer )
121 In the prison yard, Tommy blames himself for getting Andy a month in solitary confinement. Mail call comes, and Tommy gets a letter saying he passed his GED test. Tommy
Andy
Red
122
Tommy gets his GED.
In the visitor’s room, Tommy tells his wife he got his GED. Tommy
Tommy’s wife
Tommy’s daughter
123 In solitary confinement, a guard tells Andy that Tommy passed his GED test. Guards
Andy
(Tommy )
124
Norton has Tommy killed.
In a prison corridor, Tommy is mopping. Mert tells Tommy that Norton wants to talk to him. Tommy
Guards
(Norton )
125 At the loading dock, Mert tells Tommy that Norton will talk to him out there. Norton asks Tommy if his story about Andy’s innocence is true and if Tommy would testify. Tommy says yes, and then Norton signals for Hadley to shoot Tommy, which Hadley does. Guards
Tommy
Norton
(Andy )(Andy’s wife )
(Andy’s wife’s lover )
(The real killer )
Hadley
126
10
Andy prepares to escape prison.
Andy returns from solitary confinement.
Andy is released from solitary confinement and taken to Norton’s office. Norton tells Andy that Tommy was shot trying to escape. Andy tells Norton he won’t do Norton’s book keeping. Norton tells Andy that if he doesn’t he’ll put Andy in a cell with a rapist and close the library. Andy wordlessly agrees to continue keeping Norton’s books. Andy
Norton
(Tommy )
127 In the prison yard, Andy and Red discuss life. Andy says he wants to go to a specific place in Mexico and start a hotel. Andy says he’d need a person like Red to help him. Andy tells Red if he ever gets out to go to the field where Andy asked his wife to marry him and look for a box. Red tells Andy to stop dreaming and accept reality. Andy says you either have to get busy living or get busy dying. Andy
Red
128
Andy’s friends worry about him.
In the mess hall, Red tells Team 1 he’s worried about Andy. Heywood says Andy asked him for six feet of rope earlier that day. Red worries Andy is going to hang himself. Red
Heywood
(Andy )
129 In the prison yard, Team 1 looks for Andy but can’t find him. The prison intercom system says it’s time to go in. Team 1 makes a plan to have an intervention with Andy the next day, if he’s still alive. Red
Heywood
(Andy )
130
Andy prepares to escape while his friends worry about him.
In Norton’s office, Andy finishes up the day’s book keeping as Norton leaves. Norton says it’s good to have Andy back. Andy
Norton
131 In cellblock 5, Andy returns to his cell and passes Red’s cell. They exchange meaningful glances. Andy
Guards
Red
132 In Andy’s cell, Andy polishes a chess piece when the lights go out. Andy sets the chess piece down. His set is now complete. Then he looks at his poster and pulls a six foot length of rope from under his pillow. Andy
Guards
133 In Red’s cell, Red stares out the window listening to thunder. Voice over of Red explaining how it was the longest night of his life worrying Andy would kill himself. Andy
(Red )
134
11
Guards search for Andy between flashbacks of Andy escaping.
Norton and the guards react to Andy’s escape.
The next morning, in cellblock 5, the guards discover Andy isn’t in his cell. Guards
(Andy )
135 In Norton’s office, Norton discovers his shoes have been replaced with Andy’s. The alarm starts blaring. Norton looks up. Norton
(Andy )
136 In the prison yard, Norton tells Hadley to question everyone in cellblock 5 starting with Red. Norton
Guards
Red
(Andy )
137 In Andy’s cell, Norton asks Red what he knows. Red says he doesn’t know anything. Norton throws a fit and throws a rock through Andy’s poster. Then he discovers the hole behind it Andy dug with his rock hammer. Norton
Guards
Red
(Andy )
138 In Andy’s cell, Rory is sent through the hole behind the poster and investigates Andy’s escape route. He discovers it leads to the sewage system. Guards
Red
(Andy )
139 In Andy’s cell, Red listens to Rory vomiting. Red laughs, and Norton sends him to solitary confinement. Guards
Red
(Andy )
140 In solitary confinement, Red continues laughing. Red
(Andy )
141 Montage of police setting up road blocks and searching outside the prison. They find Andy’s rock hammer, uniform and a bar of soap. Voice over of Red saying he thought it would take a man 600 years to tunnel out of prison, but Andy did it in less than 20. Guards
(Andy )
(Red )
142
Flashback of Andy deciding to escape and enacting his plan.
Flashback montage of Andy discovering the wall to his cell is brittle and then digging through it and hiding the hole with his poster, then stealthily dumping the rubble in the prison exercise yard. Andy sticks his head through the hole and looks down to see the sewage pipes. Andy
(Red )
143 Flashback montage of Tommy dying at Norton’s feet. Voice over of Red saying after Tommy died, Andy decided it was time to leave. On the night of Andy’s escape, he steals one of Norton’s suits and his shoes. (Red )
(Tommy )
(Andy )
144 Flashback montage of Andy squeezing his body through the hole in his cell wall, breaking through the sewage pipe and crawling out with a plastic bag full of clothes dragging behind him. Voice over of Red explaining Andy crawled through 500 yards of shit. Andy escapes the pipe and emerges outside the prison in the rain, where he removes his prison clothes. Andy
(Red )
145
12
Norton, Hadley and Andy get their prizes.
Andy, Norton and Hadley get their comeuppance.
And enters a bank dressed in Norton’s clothes and closes the accounts he’s been laundering Norton’s money into. The cashier reluctantly gives Andy the money, and Andy asks the cashier to put a package in their outgoing mail. Andy
(Red )
146 In a newspaper office, a clerk opens Andy’s package and gets excited. Reporter
(Andy )
147 In Norton’s office, Norton looks at the front page of the morning paper and reads about his money laundering operation. Norton
(Andy )
(Reporter )
148 As police cars speed toward the prison, Norton open his safe and looks for his ledger. He finds Andy’s Bible with a hollowed out space for his rock hammer. Guards
Norton
(Andy )
149 In the prison yard, police arrest Hadley. Guards
Hadley
150 As police try to break into Norton’s office, Norton shoots himself in the mouth with a revolver. Guards
Norton
151
Red explains Andy’s post-escape plan.
In Red’s cell, Red gets a postcard from Andy, sent from a Texas border town, implying Andy went to the place in Mexico he mentioned earlier. Red
(Andy )
152 In a red convertible, Andy drives south with the wind in his hair. Andy
(Red )
153
Red reacts to losing Andy.
In the mess hall, Red tells Team 1 a story about Andy. Voice over of Red saying they talked about Andy often but that Red misses Andy. Red
Heywood
(Andy )
154 In Red’s cell, Red looks at one of Andy’s posters and dreams of being free. He curses Andy for giving him unattainable dreams. Red
(Andy )
155 In the parole room, Red breaks down and tells the parole board the truth, instead of his usual canned answers. The parole board approves Red’s parole. Red
Parole board
156
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Red is released, tries to acclimate to freedom, then goes to join Andy.
Red is released from Shawshank. Outside the prison, Red is released. Then he walks up the stairs of Brooks’ boarding house and is led into Brooks’ room. Red
(Brooks )
157
Red shows his reaction to the new world and tries but fails adjust to the outside world.
In the grocery store, Red bags groceries and asks his boss if he can use the restroom. The boss says he doesn’t have to ask. Voice over of Red saying he’s been institutionalized and can’t get used to the outside world. Red
Grocery boss
158 On the street, Red watches women walk past dressed slutty. Voice over of Red enjoying this but saying out foreign it is to him. Red
159 In a park, Red looks at hippies. Voice over as he says he doesn’t understand hippies. Red
160 In the parole office, Red’s parole officer asks Red how he’s doing. Red says he’s good but things are different. The parole officer agrees. Red says the world moved on without them. Red
Parole officer
161 In the grocery store, Red is bagging groceries and has a panic attack. Red
162
Dark knight of the soul for Red.
On the street, Red walks and looks at guns in a pawnshop window. Voice over of Red saying he can’t make it in the new world. Red
163 In Red’s room, Red looks at Brooks’ signature he carved in the rafter beam. Voice over of Red saying the only thing keeping him from killing himself is a promise he made to Andy to go to find the box in the field where Andy asked his wife to marry him. Red
(Brooks )
(Andy )
164
Return to the path/ressurection for Red.
Red hitchhikes to the field Andy mentioned and finds the box. It contains a bunch of money and a note telling Red to come find him in Mexico. The letter tells Red not to lose hope. Red
(Andy )
165 In Red’s room, Red dresses in a nice suite and leaves with his things packed. Voice over of Red repeating Andy’s words, “Get busy living or get busy dying.” Red
(Andy )
166
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Denouement
Red goes to Andy.
In a bus station, Red buys a bus ticket to the town in Texas where Andy sent the postcard from. Voice over of Red saying he committed the second crime of his life, parole violation. He also says nobody will come looking for him because he’s not important enough. Red
(Andy )
167 In a bus, Red watches the New England country side go by. Voice over of Red saying how happy he is to feel free and how hopeful he is to complete his journey. Red
168 On a beach, Red approaches Andy, who is fixing up a boat. Red
Andy

 

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