Good Movie, But

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  1. Sergei
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    Sergei Active Member

    ...bad cast selection. Fine actors, but there was a very big mistake: the guy who made the fugitive (don't remember his name,sorry) is very tall and a big fellow.
    A guy like him could never pass for the hole on the wall. In the book, he was rather short and thin, and is logical. But that big man crawling for tubes and sewers? Impossible.
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  2. shookme
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    shookme Obscure Member

    Hey, that's Hollywierd for you.
  3. danie
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    danie AKA danie

    But Tim Robbins is soooo perfect for the part acting-wise.
    Lovelovelove him in the role.
  4. nate_watkins
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    nate_watkins Simple-Minded Member

    the hole in the wall was the easy part though...
  5. MadamMack
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    MadamMack M e m b e r

    I felt the movie was perfect. I've watched it over and over again --it's one of my favorites. I didn't find a fault and that may be because I find it easy to believe some fiction.
  6. danie
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    The movie depicted him crawling through the tubes and sewers with no trouble! Well, except for the smell...:smilet-digitalpoint:
  7. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...gotta disagree...he owned that role, and physically could have pulled it off in reality, as well as in the movie-you'd be amazed at what contortions the human body can accomplish under duress...
  8. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I don't think it's impossible, but improbable. The film was good. Tim Robbins was too big for the part, but he has a vulnerability that worked. I was willing to suspend my disbelief :)
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  9. doowopgirl
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    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Have to agree with you. I feel the actor doesn't have to look like the description in the book. I feel it's all in the attitude. I mean I never saw Morgan Freeman in the role when I've read it, but thats attitude for you.
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  10. VampireLily
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    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & General P.I.T.A

    sorry, i disagree.... the film was perfect and the cast was perfect. I wouldn't change a single thing.

    Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Clancy Brown.... genius casting. Tim Robbins' height only further added to Andy's situation for me, sure he was a big tall guy....but he was a gentleman with a thoughtful, intelligent manner that refused to be beat down. Remember... 'Hope Springs Eternal'.... and Andy refused to lose hope. Tim Robbins evoked that perfectly.
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  11. fushingfeef
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    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    50 years from now people will still be watching Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeeman in this movie and saying "Wow." This is one of the great ones.
  12. MadamMack
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    MadamMack M e m b e r

    Spot on!
  13. king family fan
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    king family fan Prolific member

    I really enjoyed the movie. I have watched it several times. The movies always change a bit from the books.
  14. 91rewoT
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    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    I respectfully disagree....for me, the casting was perfect. This is one of my favorite movie adaptations...love, love, love it!
  15. Gavin Logan
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    Morgan Freeman as Red may be one of the greatest casting choices ever! He made that movie. Robbins was amazing too. Its a shame you got hung up on his size.
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  16. Bryan James
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    That's a continuity error/suspension of disbelief failure that I will never have a problem with.

    I will also never watch a remake of that movie.

    It saved my life a few times.
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  17. prufrock21
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    Actually the hole was bigger than it looks. Besides, Tim Robbins is a great actor, so he would have no difficulty going through that hole.
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  18. blunthead
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    I haven't read the book yet (I know, everybody... There, I just cut myself. Satisfied for now? Ok, then), but don't think I'll have had to to make the observation that this a good example of that which, imho, Hollywood does show great skill doing: Casting well against what might be expected. I've seen the movie a number of times so far, and I've yet to have the least problem with believing that...
    Tim Robbins could dig a hole through a wall and crawl through it. I don't even remember to notice anything wrong with what's going on. I believe it's because at the time I believe there isn't. That's what's known as the Suspension of Disbelief; the most basic, primary goal of any artist and any work of art. It's what movies are and always have been, from the very first moment the very first human brain decided that what it was seeing was not a succession of photos but action, to the difference between an Ed Wood flying saucer and a Ray Harryhausen one, or between a Harryhausen dinosaur and a Jurassic Park one; from Dustin Hoffman being this person in this movie to a whole 'nother in the next. Good moviemaking, more so than any other art form, is the art of suspending disbelief, of causing the viewers' minds to overlook what they know isn't so, to, for a time, prefer it.
    So, Robbins fitting through? Not a problem, at least for me.
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  19. Sunlight Gardener
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    It is perfection.
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  20. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    :haha:
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