In The Shawshank Redemption (1994), how did Andy Dufresne dig a tunnel if there was a cell next to him. He had to go through it, yet he obviously didn't.

  • Does anybody have a map of the prison?
    – Firee
    Mar 21, 2014 at 9:05
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    This question is based on faulty logic... Mar 21, 2014 at 16:17
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    No, it's not. Your response is based on a faulty understanding of the prison layout. ;o) May 27, 2014 at 22:23

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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.


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 out while he was etching on it.

As a result of his 2 privileges, he was able to dig a hole in the wall that led to the sewer pipe, and he was able to do it undetected since he didn't have a cellmate.

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    I agree about the cell of his own, but was the cell at the end of the row really a privilege, and not just chance? Mar 20, 2014 at 19:28
  • While I can't find any direct reference to it on the Internet, it was always my impression that Andy got that cell because he preferred a quiet environment. Don't forget, this was after he was raped by "The Sisters", and the warden had one of them summarily butt-whooped. In the book it states that he had a roommate for a short period of time, I recall. Mar 20, 2014 at 19:36
  • I don't think any of the prisoners is shown to share a cell. Feb 6, 2017 at 5:24

If you watch the scene where the warden discovers the tunnel. This is an end cell. The camera goes to the window sill and now from the back of the cell, he throws the conspiracy theory along with the rocks at red and the guards their backs are to the common cell wall. And Fuzzy Britches is hung on the main retaining wall of the prison.

Although when they first call Dufresne and the cell is shown from the first level from that angle you can't see the poster.

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