How The Shawshank Redemption drew inspiration from Goodfellas

Updated: Apr 12

By Rob Stefoski

A great reminder to all filmmakers on the importance of learning from those that came before you.

Director Frank Darabont watched Goodfellas (1990) every Sunday while shooting The Shawshank Redemption. He drew inspiration from it, on using voice-over narration and showing the passage of time.

The film was praised by critics and moviegoers alike upon its release. It was nominated for 7 Academy Awards and to this day constantly appears on 'Best Movie' lists.

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