Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Who is Allen Greene?

A:  This is probably the most frequently asked question to me.  Allen Greene was Frank Darabont's agent and also a close personal friend. He unfortunately died just before the completion of The Shawshank Redemption due to AIDS complications.

Q:  What is the title/name of that beautiful opera song that Andy played during the movie?

A:  This the second most frequently asked question to me. It is "The Marriage of Figaro" performed by Deutsch Oper Berlin/Karl Bohm. It is available on the movie soundtrack.  You can also listen to it my going to my soundtrack section on my page.

Q:  Did The Shawshank Redemption win any Academy Awards?

A:  Unfortunately no. It was however, nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor (Morgan Freeman).

Q:  Is The Shawshank Redemption based on a true story?

A:  I've had people tell me that while on their vacation at Zihuatanejo in Mexico, someone actually claimed she was Andy Dufresne's wife!!  To repeat, The Shawshank Redemption is about as fact as the toothfairy and Santa Clause, it is a FICTION story.

Q:  Who wrote The Shawshank Redemption?

A:  By horror novelist Stephen King.  It is on of the short novels  in his Different Seasons collection.  King sold the rights of his story for $1 dollar for it to be made into a movie.

Q:  Where was The Shawshank Redemption filmed?

A:  In the Ohio State Reformatory.

Q:  How come the screenplay on your webpage do not accurately depict the events of the actual movie?

A:  The script (screenplay) was written before the shooting and a lot of the stuff were changed around as the shooting was going on so not everything in the original screenplay made it into the film and stuff that weren't in the script were added (which is explained in the analysis section).