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I noticed that many parts of the story of Prison Break match with the script of The Shawshank Redemption:

  • an innocent sent to jail
  • making friends in jail
  • making wardens as friends on the basis of knowledge
  • sneaking through the jail with digging out
  • going to Mexico after breaking out of jail

Can Prison Break therefore be regarded as a copy of The Shawshank Redemption or are there at least any further references (or maybe even official statements) suggesting that this movie was a strong inspiration for Prison Break?

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Have you seen both pieces of work? If you have, it'll be quite clear that there is nothing common in them except the "prison-break" theme. –  KeyBrd Basher Aug 2 '13 at 6:58
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There are so many prison escape movies and those two particular movies are so different in their whole tone and details that this is quite ridiculous to assume. Yet I cannot see how the question could be closed, it is still a valid question. Neither is it unclear to me what he's asking, nor is it primarily opinion-based (well, the premise of the question is, but the question itself and its possible answers not, I think, at least not more than many other movies.se questions.). –  Napoleon Wilson Aug 2 '13 at 9:20
    
All of your bullet points are pretty standard film tropes. –  DisgruntledGoat Aug 4 '13 at 10:09

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I think they both have similar voices (Wentworth Miller and Tim Robbins) but there are so many similarities between the two works.

  • Both main characters are innocent
  • Both main characters are intelligent
  • Both main characters do not fit in
  • Both main characters are mysterious
  • Both works contain unfair and corruption within the employees on the prison

So many other similarities are found in the book and the show but one thing is totally different are the plots of course. Both are very enjoyable and I would recommend the show, the movie / book to anyone.

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The asker is correct and the answers are ill-informed. Die hard SK fans will notice that lines from Shawshank Redemption are actually used in Prison Break and many SK references are given. Even the way the main character tries to act like Andy in Shawshank and refers to "hope" Shawshank's theme. Dialogue lines and concepts are taken from Shawshank. I should have made a list as I was watching Prison Break, the "rip-off" of Shawshank was actually starting to annoy me as it was so obvious to me.

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Do you have any examples at all to support this? You might be able to persuade people with a little more evidence... –  John Smith Optional Feb 6 at 14:42
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And what is an 'SK fan'? –  John Smith Optional Feb 6 at 14:48
    
@JohnSmithOptional I guess Stephen King (who wrote the Shawshank Redemption), but I'm not sure and agree that it could be clarified. –  Napoleon Wilson Feb 6 at 15:15
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Welcome to Movies & TV. If you can provide some examples or major references to the Shawshank Redemption in Prison Break, this could turn into a very good answer giving this question and its answers quite an interesting turn. But we need a little bit more than just the word from a "die-hard SK fan". –  Napoleon Wilson Feb 6 at 15:18

The makers of Prison Break were probably inspired by The Shawshank Redemption, but they're not the same. Sure, they definitely have some aspects in common which could make the viewers (me included) feel that Prison Break is a copy of the movie, but it really isn't.

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I think if you watched the Film and show you'd see the only major thing they have in common is being set in a Prison.

The majority of the film is actually about living in prison not escaping, while the Series is all about escaping. The main Character in the film is wrongly convicted and sent to prison while in Prison Break the main Character actually gets himself sent to prison so he can break his brother out.

I think that in Prison Break Michael Scofield does make friends with the Warden and guards to help with the escape, In the Shawshank-Redemption Andy doesn't have much choice, he's approached by the Warden and not given much option but to do the books.

Also a major difference is the time line The escape in Prison Break only takes a few weeks/months, in Shawshank it happens over years

Just some points there are lots of other differences.

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