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Good Movie, But

Discussion in 'The Shawshank Redemption' started by Sergei, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. Sergei

    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

    shookme Obscure Member

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

    danie I am whatever you say I am.

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

    nate_watkins Eternal Member

    the hole in the wall was the easy part though...
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  5. MadamMack

    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

    danie I am whatever you say I am.

    The movie depicted him crawling through the tubes and sewers with no trouble! Well, except for the smell...:smilet-digitalpoint:

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...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...
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  8. skimom2

    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

    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

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & Consumer of men's souls.

    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.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2013
  11. fushingfeef

    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

    MadamMack M e m b e r

    Spot on!
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  13. king family fan

    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.
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  14. 91rewoT

    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!
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  15. Gavin Logan

    Gavin Logan Member

    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

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    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

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    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

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    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

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    It is perfection.
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  20. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

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