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During his escape, after he crawls into his tunnel that he spent 19 years chiseling away at, Andy Dufresne puts his poster of Racquel Welch back up, thereby covering the hole.. How did he do that?

The poster seems to be fairly secured to the wall too (which makes me think getting two corners and letting gravity do the rest of the work isn't very likely).

Is this a movie cheat/small plot hole? Is there someway he could have done that that I'm not realizing?

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    Ha, I had the exact same thought when I saw the film for the first time. Followed by "What does it say about me, that I'm thinking about this of all things in this emotive climactic scene?". I'm slightly ashamed to say it bugged me for the whole of the rest of the film... never figured out any answer, either – user56reinstatemonica8 May 11 '16 at 17:57
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    I'd be more concerned about the fact that Red could have just used his time machine to escape prison, given that the picture on the poster wasn't taken until a year after Andy's escape. – user7812 May 11 '16 at 18:02
  • @Richard Was it?.. he escaped in June 1966 and production for that film started in 1965 I am pretty sure.. I suppose the poster could have been released prior to the film. – Dominic G. May 11 '16 at 18:54
  • @DominicG. - He had the poster for some considerable time before he escaped. – user7812 May 11 '16 at 19:03
  • @Richard when does he get that poster? I can't remember at what point he swaps the Raquel Welch poster for the Rita Hayworth. – Dominic G. May 11 '16 at 19:05
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On his other photos, Andy seem to be in the habit of using Scotch Tape, either the double-sided variety or perhaps just folded over, in only the top corners.

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However, on his Raquel poster he also uses tape on one side, but not the other.

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Based on what we can see (no visible tape at the top and a single piece of tape visible on the side, that may or may not be stuck to the wall) it appears that the poster is attached securely only at the top and that when he digs, Andy carefully lifts it, then allows it to fall back into place. This general wear and tear would also explain why he needs to replace the poster at least once.

When Andy made his escape, he presumably lifted the poster (to allow him to climb through) and let it drop back into position under its own weight.


In the interests of science, I've just performed a simple experiment, hanging a piece of glossy paper to a wall by a single piece of sellotape at the top, then throwing a stone at it. As you can see, the stone easily passed through the paper, without any need to secure it at the four corners. It had plenty of "taughtness" all on its own.

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    I dub thee Eagle Eye! – System Down May 11 '16 at 19:22
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    Does it still explain the tautness? Or as Peter Griffin puts it, "After you escaped into the hole, how did you perfectly re-attach the Raquel Welch poster from inside the hole with a tautness that a rock could pierce?" – Walt May 11 '16 at 19:30
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    @Walt - I did science. A piece of glossy paper is easily weighty enough to allow a stone to pierce it. It helps if the paper is glossy rather than plain and it helps if the stone is sharp rather than smooth. To the naked eye, it certainly would appear taught. It also helps if there's any negative air pressure behind the poster. – user7812 May 11 '16 at 19:41
  • Minor correction: "fuzzy britches" in the poster shown above is not Rita Hayworth, but Raquel Welch. – user132278 May 11 '16 at 22:48
  • @user132278 - You are, of course correct. If you see an error, don't hesitate to use the edit button :-) – user7812 May 11 '16 at 22:54
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If he weighted the corners at the bottom with washers taped to the inside corners they'd stay in place as if they were stuck to the wall. Elementary my dear Watson's or should I say Shawshakston's?

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Perhaps Andy had stuck two small magnets on either lower corner on the back of the poster and two small iron pieces glued to the wall that would hold the magnets in place and keep the poster taut.

It would not be a big deal for Andy to get two little magnets and two small iron pieces from the prison's machine shop.

  • Not sure why someone gave negative rating for this. I have seen the local library use this technique to cover and protect the touchscreens of their terminals located outside the library (so people can return the materials they borrowed from the library when the library is closed). The magnet at the bottom of the protective screen holds the screen together and patrons have to apply some pressure to pull it off and lift the protective screen. When they are done, they would let the screen go, and it comes down and locks back on the magnet, thereby covering the touchscreen. – whirlaway Aug 23 '16 at 17:42

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