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Shawshank Redemption, The - Brooks Was Here
Watch and wonder in the scene, about the middle of the film, where Brooks Hadlin has decided "not to stay" on the outside. He climbs on a chair, then onto a table and proceeds, without much effort or "tip-toeing", to carve the phrase "Brooks Was Here" on the beam in his apartment. Below the beam there is a type of railing where he ties the noose that he will eventually hang himself with. Notice as Brooks carves that his head is well above the railing and that, in fact, the railing stops just below his shoulders. Remember, his feet, for the most part, are flat on the table while he does this. Brooks finishes, puts his knife away and admires his work. The very next scene shows Brooks feet, planted squarely on the table. He then proceeds to rock the table a couple of times until it falls out from under him. Based on the distance of Brooks' neck to the railing and the noose that is now tied to it, he should have dropped at least two feet, but, amazingly his feet remain at about the same place the table was. The next shot is a pull back shot of Brooks, indeed, hanging a good two feet below the beam where he carved "Brooks Was Here."
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EricKoch on 12-15-1999
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J.P. writes:
In my mind, there is a perfectly good reason for Brooks only falling a small distance and not breaking his neck. The actor. I would think that breaking my neck for a part in a film would be a little over the top.
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}|{ Scoozie}|{ writes:
Forgive me if I am wrong but isn't Brooks standing on a chair when he commits suicide? It has been a while since I have seen the movie so I am sorry if I am wrong but I think he is on the chair which would compensate for the difference in heights.
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Kim writes:
Well, this isnt a slip-up. I took the movie tour at the Mansfield Reformatory. The halfway house is actually in the Mansfield Reformatory, but when the prison closed down, it was not being gaurded at the time and some one actually stole the beam where Brooks and Red carved their names. The people who work at the Prison made a beam that looked just like it.
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FantastichenEin writes:
Quite right. Hanging if done properly should break the persons neck putting them into shock before suffocating them. If brookes had hung himself without breaking his neck he would have died slowly. Maybe the censors or directors didn't want the sound of somones neck breaking in the film.
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Godsmacker writes:
The sound of a breaking bone, for example the neck, can be muffled by an object covering where the breakage occurs. Now, if you watch, the camera is at an angle when they show the beam with Brooks in front of it, and by some kind of mathematical law or something, if you look at an angle like that, the object in front of it will larger, or higher up. This is the deal with Brooks Hatlen. The angle of the camera would have made him look higher up than he was, so it all fits together in the end. P.S. This may sound like a load of "horse apples" (inside joke) but it's the truth.
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mingleefu writes:
they show his face right next to the bridgework decorations. that would mean he would have to drop at least a foot just to get his head under it, plus some more distance to where we see him hanging. We see his feet drop just inches. This was definately an error in editing.
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