The Shawshank Redemption

In the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption, what was the name of the pet crow?

And the answer: Jake.  

Photo credit: IMBD. 

Based on a short story by Stephen King entitled "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption," the movie starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as two prison inmates. In the movie, the prison librarian, Brooks, adopts a baby bird and names him Jake.

The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of a man sentenced to life in prison. Alongside Morgan Freeman as inmate Ellis "Red" Redding, Tim Robbins plays the sentenced banker Andy Dufresne, who becomes involved in a money laundering scheme that ultimately leads to chaos (we don't want to give away the entire movie). The film was critically acclaimed upon its release in 1994, yet received only modest box-office support until its multiple award nominations pushed it back into the spotlight. Decades after its release, the film is still broadcast regularly and often named as a fan favorite. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Director Frank Darabont first collaborated with author Stephen King by buying the rights for his story "The Woman in the Room" for just $1. Yes, you read that right – King is known for creating an arrangement called the Dollar Deal that helped new or upcoming directors build a résumé by adapting his short stories for just a dollar. After working on the film, Darabont approached King again, with $5,000 and a new idea. This time, Darabont sought to buy the rights to King's 96-page story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption." Apparently, King did not understand how the story – which largely focused on Red contemplating his fellow prisoner Andy – could be turned into a feature film, but Darabont believed it was "obvious." King never cashed the $5,000 check, and instead later framed and returned it with a note which read: "In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve."

Learn more about the making of The Shawshank Redemption below.


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