Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of shit-smelling foulness I can't even imagine. Or maybe I just don't want to. Five hundred yards. That's the length of five football fields. Just shy of half a mile.So...does Red just suck at math? Half a mile is 2,640 feet, and Andy crawled 1,500 feet. That's a difference of 1,140 feet. It's not really "just shy." It's only 57% of the "half a mile" distance. Don't get me wrong, it's still one of the best scenes from my favorite movie, but it's the sort of dialogue you wind up thinking about twenty years later.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Math and Shawshank
During the climactic scene of The Shawshank Redemption, Red narrates that Andy had to crawl 500 yards to escape: