The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
. A sequence where the convicts find Jake (Brooks's pet crow) dead in a field sometime after Brooks has left the prison, and the convicts give Jake a funeral and burial. This deletion ends up providing a subtle thematic shift; as scripted, both Brooks and Jake represent the dangers of institutionalization, but as depicted on screen, Jake ends up foreshadowing Andy's successful escape in the climax of the film.
. Tommy's young wife visiting him, their conversations providing a more vivid illustration into why Tommy decides to turn his life around and approaches Andy to work on getting his GED.
. After Andy's escape, an unfortunate guard is sent into his tunnel to see where it leads, and when he sees the sewage pipe broken into and smells the overwhelming odour of shit, he vomits - loudly. Red hears this happen from his own cell and cracks up laughing. He's sent to solitary confinement for two weeks... where he continues laughing, thus learning for himself what Andy (in the aftermath of the loudspeaker incident) had meant about "easy time" in the hole.
. Red's feelings on the 1960s after he is paroled, as well as a panic attack in the grocery store that sends him running for a bathroom cubicle that calms him down because it reminds him of his cell - thus making his choice to find the tree and rock wall more meaningful, because it runs counter to Brooks's choice.
- The novella specifies that Andy smuggled $100 into the prison in his rectum; exactly how he pays Red the agreed-upon price of $10 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 in the Norton of the film. For example, 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 the novella.
- 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 Bogs as a favor to Andy for all his financial tips. In the novella, Andy uses the money he smuggled in the prison to pay thugs to do it.
- Tommy's story is slightly different. He tells Andy that his old cell mate 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.