The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
- The novella specifies that Andy smuggled one hundred dollars into the prison in his rectum; exactly how he pays Red the agreed-upon price of ten dollars for the rock hammer is never made clear in the film.
- Andy orders a second rock hammer from Red in the novella, after the first wears down. This does not occur in the film.
- Multiple wardens oversee the prison in the novella. They are combined into the character of Norton in the film. For example, in the novella, the warden who agrees to mail Andy's letters, and the warden who treats him so harshly at the end, are not the same person.
- In addition to Red being a white Irishman, the novella also gives details of his crime that the film doesn't.
- In the film, Hadley and his guards beat up Boggs as a favor to Andy for all his financial tips. In the novella, Andy uses the money he smuggled into the prison to pay thugs to do it.
- Tommy's story is also slightly different. He tells Andy that his old cellmate bragged that the double-murder he committed was pinned on a lawyer, rather than a banker, and Andy latches onto the idea that the two professions were commonly confused at that time.
- Tommy is also not killed in the novella; after agreeing not to testify on Andy's behalf, he is sent to another prison.