ANDY: My wife used to say I'm a hard man to know. Like a closed book. Complained about it all the time. She's beautiful. God, I loved her. But I just didn't know how to show it, that's all. I killed her, Red. I didn't pull the trigger. But I drove her away. That's why she died. Because of me, the way I am.
RED: That doesn't make you a murderer. Bad husband, maybe. Felt bad about it if you want to. But you didn't pull the trigger.
ANDY: No. I didn't. Somebody else did, and I wound up in here. Bad luck, I guess.
ANDY: It floats around. Has to land on somebody. It was my turn, that's all. I was in the path of thetornado. I didn't expect the storm would last as long as it has. You think you'll ever get out of here?
RED: Me? Yeah. One day when I got a long, white beard andtwo or three marblesrolling around upstairs. They'll let me out.
ANDY: Tell you where I'd go. Zihuatanejo.
ANDY: Zihuatanejo. It's in Mexico. A little place on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory. Open up a little hotel right on the beach. Buy some worthless old boat and fix it up new. Take my guests outcharterfishing.
ANDY: In a place like that, I could use a man that knows how to get things.
RED: I don't think I could make it on the outside, Andy. I've been in here most of my life. I'm an institutional man now. Just like Brooks was.
ANDY: Well, you underestimate yourself.
RED: I don't think so. In here I'm the guy who can get things for you, sure, but outside all you need is theYellow Pages. Hell, I wouldn't even know where to begin. Pacific Ocean? Shit! About toscare me to death, somethin' that big.
ANDY: Not me. I didn't shoot my wife and I didn't shoot her lover, and whatever mistakes I made I've paid for them and then some. That hotel, that boat... I don't think that's too much to ask.
RED: I don't think you ought' a be doing this to yourself, Andy! This is shittypipe dreams! I mean Mexico's in the way the hell down there, and you're in here, and that's the way it is!
ANDY: Yeah, right. That's the way it is. It's down there, and I'm in here. I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living... or get busy dying.