What do people who have done time in prison think about the film 'The Shawshank Redemption'?

Jim Christmas

Jim Christmas, Four years behind bars for another man's crime.

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Right after I got locked up, several friends started sending me books to read. I had told them how pathetic the library was in CCA, so they figured they’d help.

Voici ce que j'ai:

  • Escape from Camp 14 — true story about the brutality of North Korean prisons
  • Le comte de Monte Cristo — about a man who was wrongly imprisoned and how he plans and executes his revenge
  • Papillon — (supposedly) true story about a man who escapes from multiple prisons

Yup. Those were the first three books in my mail. So much for using reading as an escape, right?

I stumbled across a copy Stephen King’s Different Seasons, qui contient Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, while in federal prison. I remember thinking at the time, “Oh. Gotta read that, but my locker is already stuffed with books.” The movie was spectacular, and the short story would be a nice little ride.

But, I left the book there on the shelf. A couple weeks later this happened:

The similarity to Shawshank is obvious, but these guys weren’t Andy Dufresne. Regardless, all of the media stories called attention to the similarity. I had the idea to go back and get the book, but it was already gone by the time I got to the library and it never returned (I always checked).

How do I feel about the movie/book? You want to see the warden and guards punished. But, I’m sorry, there is NOTHING you can do to them to make up for stealing a man’s entire life. Nothing.

Terry Lee

Terry Lee, works at Warwick Electronics

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Réponse d'origine: What did prisoners feel about the movie the Shawshank Redemption?

Scriptwriters tend to introduce a lot of dramatic scenes into prison movies like Shawshank that capture a viewer's attention, but do not reflect the grim reality of prison life. Which is often filled with more soul crushing boredom than drama.

And diehard convicts look with suspicion upon the glitterati in the film industry who live in a world of pretense, then try to come across as tough guys on film. "We were the pussies from Hollywood," said director Michael Mann of his experience at Folsom State Prison while filming The Jericho Mile.

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But even so -- contrived drama aside -- the guys in the joint like to see a movie in which the convicts come out on top.

As an experienced escape artist, I always enjoy a good escape story. Indeed, my favorite movie of all time is the original 4 1/2 hour version of The Great Escape. And Shawshank is No. 2.

Indeed, there was a lot of cheering and supportive laughter in prison TV rooms when Andy emerged from the sewage tunnel and raised his hands in triumph. We could identify with his struggle.

Although in real life, the path to freedom through such tunnels is considerably more difficult. When three men at Folsom Prison escaped through a drainage tunnel, they had to cut through several layers of bars with an acetylene torch. And then were caught soon thereafter.

So it's always good to see somebody like Andy Dufresne get away.

Caleb Hunter

Caleb Hunter, a étudié à l'Université de Californie à Berkeley

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Réponse d'origine: How accurate a portrayal of prison life is the movie "The Shawshank Redemption?"

Like the prison in "Shawshank," San Quentin is an old institution, so there's a lot of similarities. At San Quentin, the cells are smaller than your standard half-bath you may find in any home. Life for inmates is built around routine--often to the point of being like groundhog's day. There are inmates who have work assignments like working in the prison library, dining hall, and clerical staff. All these daily aspects are pretty close to what you might see in a movie.

But San Quentin, like many of California's 33 other prison institutions, is essentially it's own little city. Inmates clean and maintain the grounds, repair utilities, cook food, unload boxes, build structures, and so much more. There's constant activity with its numerous rehabilitative programs and activities. These men take college courses, play in several sports leagues with outside teams (who come in to play) and participate in drama and music programs.
There's even a newspaper and television station all run by inmates.

"Shawshank" may have some basics of prison life well characterized, but that's. A very one-demential view and San Quentin is not the run of the mill correctional institution.

Frank Negus Staples

Frank Negus Staples, Manager/Coach at Humble House (2018-present)

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Réponse d'origine: Is prison really like the way its in Shawshank Redemption?

Well, it's actually a very good representation of prisons and prison life. From the inmates to the administration, and the guards in between, and even post release. The movie touches on virtually every aspect of prison life from beginning to end. The way they hassle and haze the new guys, and make bets on who will last, etc., is all real. Some people break, psychologically, to different degrees, while others adapt and make the best that they can in dealing with the reality of their situation. I was in the New Hampshire State Prison, which is right next door to Maine where the movie is set. The Maine system holds approximately 2031 inmates, while NH has two men's facilities that hold 1205 and 682, for a total just under Maine's, at 1887. These are both small systems when compared to the rest of the country. The guards and administrators are mostly from relatively rural areas, and they have a certain outlook towards prisoners in general. But for the time period that the movie is set, it is very accurate, more so than most realize. Save the exaggerated and condensed nature of the movie, I'd say that it is entirely accurate, not favoring either side. If you would like more specific comments, please ask. This is a great Question. Thank you for asking.

Matthew Holmes

Matthew Holmes, Property Manager

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It was a Hollywood movie. Most of it was drama for ratings. BUT!!!! There were quite a few Old School techniques that convicts used in that movie, that were real. But you can take from that movie that Convicts are resourceful, daring, creative, and good actors when they need to be. I have often told people that if you want a realistic view of what doing time is like, watch The Shawshank Redemption and American History X. Combine the two and that's an idea of what it's like.

Edward Mullis

Edward Mullis, Self Reformed habitual criminal

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Personally I consider "BRUBAKER" to be a more accurate depiction of the prison system ("prior to the onset of prison reform") than "THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION" is either before or after prison reform.

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William Kearns

William Kearns, B.A. Government, The University of Texas at Austin (1976)

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One of my friends in California was arrested after being found passed out in his car, from heavy drinking of some sort of Peach Schnapps crap. It was not his first offense and he had to do time (a year) in state prison. After he was released and we reconnected on the phone, he said he thought about that movie every day, because he knew upon release he would have lost much of his life to stupid decisions and their consequences. To him the theme of the film was to live the rest of his life without making stupid decisions.

Asfar Khan

Asfar Khan, works at Writing

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Réponse d'origine: What is a prisoner's take on the movie Shawshank Redemption?

In spite of prisoners i think of wardens, cause of what shows in the movie, i am pretty sure is a nightmare for every warden.
And for prisoners, well they stop sticking posters on the wall.

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