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Great question! This isn't discussed at any point in the movie, but in the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption which the movie was based on, Andy did order multiple rock hammers. From the story: Time continued to pass - the oldest trick in the world, and maybe the only one that really is magic. But Andy Dufresne had changed. He ...


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His cell was the last one on the row, so there was no cell next to his. Edit: I should say, his cell was the last on the row and only had 1 adjacent cell to the left and he dug out a hole on the right wall.


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Andy, as both a model prisoner and a cog in the warden's money laundering scheme, was given 2 priveleges; the last cell on the end of the row (a coveted cell for Andy because of its distance from most activity, which made it quieter), and a cell of his own. You may recall that he didn't set out to dig a tunnel, it just started when a chunk of the wall fell ...


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The right to counsel was decided by the Supreme Court in Gideon vs. Wainwright in 1963. Gideon v. Wainwright was one of a series of Supreme Court decisions that confirmed the right of defendants in criminal proceedings, upon request, to have counsel appointed both during trial and on appeal. This story is based in the 1940s or early 50s at best. This ...


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It is safe to assume that he figures when he went in a 100 year old tree was there and unless suddenly people decided to bulldoze the trees down indiscriminately that it was probably still there as an old tree that has survived as long as it has. At the end of the day though, he did't know if they had cut the tree down or not, he was going on faith that it ...


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He is no longer Andy Dufresne. He is now Randall Stevens. The only person who would know that name was the warden.


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The warden also would not have informed the Police of the fraud he had been involved in, hence him comitting suicide.. Andy would have written to all of the banks before arriving to collect his loot and at the end of the day, he was able to do all this for one reason, pure and simply he is Andy Dufresne, not even Superman comes close.


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The chopper does not really come all that close to the building. And yes, *it is a chopper, baby*. The following is apparently from director Frank Darabont's notes: Scene 10. This scene contains everybody's favorite shot in the movie. It's the amazing aerial view that first reveals the prison in all its bleak glory, with the army of prisoners streaming ...


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In previous hearings he seemed a bit cocky and not at all sorry for what he'd done. Therefore they judged that he needed more time in prison. At the last hearing he definately had an air of penitence and he was truely sorry for what he had done. At this point the panel recognised that the term he had served had served it's purpose, he'd realised that what ...


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Hmm... I assumed that Andy goes to the banks on the first day and asks them to add the ledger to their outgoing mail on the first day. Mail usually doesn't get to its destination the same day. Perhaps it is the following day if it is nearby. So it probably doesn't appear in the newspaper until the evening edition of the day after Andy escapes, or the ...



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