Andy Dufresne was a hotshot banker until he is falsely accused of the murder of his wife and her love. He then finds himself as an inmate at the Shawshank prison. While inside Andy befriends a man named Red, a fellow inmate with a variety of resources and a wealth of information. Red and Andy together find a way to make life a little more livable.Read more
While the set of The Shawshank Redemption is said to take place in Maine, most of the filming was done in Mansfield Ohio. The Ohio State Reformatory was the man set for the prison. The Ohio State Reformatory, also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, was built sometime between 1886 and 1910. In 1990 the prison was forced to be closed due to the United States Federal Court ruling 'Boyd Consent Decree'. The Mansfield Reformatory has been used as a setting in a number of films.
The Shawshank Redemption drama film released in 1994. It was written and directed by Frank Darabont. The story was based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It features the acting talent of Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, and James Whitmore. The film was released to positive reviews from critics with praise given to the story and the acting of Robbins and Freeman. However, it did not perform well at the box office and brought in a mere $16 million. It's believed opening day competition from films such as Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump played a part in the failure.
The film went on to receive a number of film nominations which increased the overall box office sales to $58.3 million. The film became one of the top rented films of 1995 and was ran regularly on TV. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.'