The Shawshank Redemption

1994 · 32 Quotes

Directed by Frank Darabont. With Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler. Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

1994 · Epi Season

[A new group of prisoners has arrived at Shawshank, Andy Dufresne among them, and the convicts are "going fishing", taunting the new prisoners and making bets on who will break down crying first.]

Heywood: Hey, Fat Ass. Fat Ass! Talk to me boy! I know you're there. I can hear you breathin'. Don't you listen to these nitwits, you hear me? This place ain't so bad. Tell you what, I'll introduce you around, make you feel right at home. I know a couple of big old bull queers that'd just love to make your acquaintance. Especially that big, white, mushy butt of yours.

Fat Ass: Oh, God. I don't belong here!

Inmate: We have a winner!

Heywood: And it's Fat Ass, by a nose! Fresh fish! Fresh fish!

Prisoners: [Chanting] Fresh fish! Fresh fish! Fresh fish! Fresh fish!

Fat Ass: I wanna go home! I want my mother!

Inmate: I had your mother, she wasn't that great!

[A door on the ground floor opens, and Captain Byron Hadley and several guards walk onto the cell block.]

Byron Hadley: What the Christ is this happy horseshit?!

Prisoner: You took the Lord's name in vain; I'm telling the Warden!

Byron Hadley: You'll be telling 'im with my baton up your ass!

Fat Ass: You gotta let me outta here! You gotta!

Byron Hadley: What is your malfunction, you fat barrel of monkey-spunk?

Fat Ass: Please… I ain't supposed to be here. Not me!

Byron Hadley: I ain't gonna count to three. I'm not even gonna count to one; you will shut the fuck up or I will sing you a lullaby!

Heywood: [now nervous, under his breath] Shut up, man. Shut up.

Fat Ass: You've made a mistake! You don't understand, I'm not supposed to be here!

Byron Hadley: Open that cell!

Inmate: Me neither! They run this place like a fucking prison!

[The cell door is opened, and Captain Hadley grabs Fat Ass and drags him out into the middle of the first floor of the cell block. Taking out his baton, Hadley savagely beats the new inmate.]

Byron Hadley: Son of a bitch.

Inmate: Cap, take it easy.

[Finally, Fat Ass is beaten into unconsciousness. The inmates, who had been shouting and cheering when the guards first arrived, are now silent.]

Byron Hadley: [Putting away his baton] If I hear so much as a mouse fart in here the rest of the night, I swear by God and sonny Jesus you will all visit the infirmary. Every last motherfucker in here! [To his men] Call the trustees, take that tub of shit down to the infirmary.

[Captain Hadley and the guards leave the cell block, and the lights go off again.]

Red: His first night in Shawshank Prison, Andy Dufresne cost me two packs of cigarettes. He never made a sound.

Head Bull Haig
1994 · Epi Season

Norton: I want every man on this cellblock questioned. - Start with that friend of his.

Byron: Who?

Norton: [pointing at Red as he walks by him] Him!

Haig: Open 237.

Norton: What do you mean he just wasn't here? Don't say that to me, Haig. Don't say that to me again.

Haig: But, sir, he wasn't.

Norton: [yelling] I can see that, Haig! Think I'm blind? That's what you say? Am I blind, Haig?

Haig: No, sir!

Norton: What about you? [turning to Byron] Are you blind? Tell me what this is.

Byron: Last night's count.

Norton: [pointing at the clipboard] You see Dufresne's name there? I sure do. See right there. Dufresne! [walks around] He was in the cell at lights out. Stands to reason he'd still be here in the morning! I want him found NOW! Not tomorrow, not after breakfast, NOW!

Haig: Yes, sir! [walks out of the cell] Come on. Move your butts. MOVE IT!

Byron: [shows Red to enter] Stand.

Norton: [talking to Red] Well?

Red: [confused] Well what?

Norton: I see you together all the time. Thick as thieves, you were. He must have said something.

Red: No, Mr. Warden. Not a word.

Norton: Lord, it's a miracle! Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind! Nothing left but [grabs Andy's stone figures] damn rocks on the windowsill. And that cupcake on the wall [points at the poster] . Let's ask her. Maybe she knows. What say there, fuzzy britches? Feel like talking? Aw, guess not. Why should she be any different? [talking quietly] This is a conspiracy. That's what this is. [louder] ONE - BIG - DAMN CONSPIRACY [Norton throws stone figures at Red, Byron and other guards]! AND EVERYONE'S IN ON IT! Including her! [throws a stone figure at a poster, which goes through; Norton, surprised, pushes his finger, then his entire arm through the hole in the poster, tears it off the wall, and gasps as he sees the tunnel dug in the wall]