Small Details Fans Noticed In Prison Movies

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A prison makes an excellent film setting. Considering that prisons are full of morally problematic people who must rely on themselves and others to survive their sentences, cinematic essentials like conflict, a supporting cast, and character development are automatic. That's a big reason why so many of the best films take place in prisons.

As such, check out the following details that fans found in movies that take place in prisons or similar facilities.


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    24 VOTES

    Coffey Receives A Gift That Symbolizes His Abilities

    From Redditor u/themightyheptagon:

    In The Green Mile (1999), Melinda gives John Coffey a Saint Christopher medallion after he heals her tumor. According to Christian tradition, Saint Christopher was a physically imposing man who devoted his life to helping others, and died trying to carry the sins of humanity - just like John.

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    293 VOTES

    The Only Time Brooks Smiles After He Leaves Prison In 'The Shawshank Redemption' Is Before He Hangs Himself

    The Only Time Brooks Smiles After He Leaves Prison In 'The Shawshank Redemption' Is Before He Hangs Himself
    Photo: The Shawshank Redemption / Columbia Pictures

    According to Redditor u/tenors108, Brooks smiles because the "camera angle makes him feel like he is behind bars again, which brings him the comfort he lacked outside prison." Redditor u/killerroo220 added that "on the scene where he’s on the bus, the eyeliner of every other passenger is looking away from him, showing how alone he is outside of prison."

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    400 VOTES

    In 'The Shawshank Redemption,' Red's Old Mugshot Photo Is Actually Morgan Freeman's Son

    In 'The Shawshank Redemption,' Red's Old Mugshot Photo Is Actually Morgan Freeman's Son
    Photo: The Shawshank Redemption / Columbia Pictures

    As a few Redditors have pointed out, the mugshot of Red when he was a young man doesn't show Morgan Freeman, but Morgan Freeman's son, Alfonso. Alfonso also plays the prisoner who yells "fresh fish" when Andy arrives at prison.

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    256 VOTES

    In 'The Shawshank Redemption,' Andy's Rock Hammer Is Hidden In The Bible's Book Of Exodus

    In 'The Shawshank Redemption,' Andy's Rock Hammer Is Hidden In The Bible's Book Of Exodus
    Photo: The Shawshank Redemption / Columbia Pictures

    In Exodus, the Israelites escape from Egypt; in The Shawshank Redemption, Andy uses the rock hammer to escape from prison. This connection was not lost on many Redditors.

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    230 VOTES

    'The Green Mile' Is Set In 1935 Instead Of 1932 Like In The Book

    'The Green Mile' Is Set In 1935 Instead Of 1932 Like In The Book
    Photo: The Green Mile / Warner Bros.

    According to Redditor u/liavz123, "the timeframe was bumped to 1935 so that the movie Top Hat (1935) could be featured." Top Hat is a legendary musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

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    180 VOTES

    While Playing Basketball In 'American History X,' Seth The Skinhead Wears Number 88, Which Is Code 

    While Playing Basketball In 'American History X,' Seth The Skinhead Wears Number 88, Which Is Code 
    Photo: American History X / New Line Cinema

    Several Redditors were quick to point out, including u/PeopleQualSht618. The number 88 is used by neo-Nazis because "H" is the eighth letter of the alphabet (HH=Heil Hitler).