Clear your calendar for next month because the best possible movie in the History of Hollywood is making it's way back to treat fans.
In 1994 a Stephen King's novella-based movie, The Shawshank Redemption hit the multiplexes. But not many of us fans got the chance to watch the legendary movie in theatres back then. However, Fathom Events and TCM Big Screen Classics seem to have taken care of this missed opportunity. The entertainment companies have now decided to re-release the movie once again in theatres to celebrate its 25th anniversary this September. This news comes as a huge surprise for fans of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman who have been dying to see them play the iconic roles on the big screen.
The Shawshank Redemption is returning to theaters for its 25th anniversary https://t.co/pxFSJO74fK— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 30, 2019
Currently, the American prison drama ranks number one on IMDB’s user list of the most popular films of all time. The film follows the story of two prisoners, Andy Dufresne and Red, at the Shawshank State Penitentiary, where they strike up an unlikely friendship. Tim Robbins played the character of Dufresne who was to serve two life sentences after being falsely accused of murdering his wife and her lover. After entering the facility he is seen as a rather peculiar person who most often kept to himself.
As time goes by, Dufresne develops a friendship with Red (played by Morgan Freeman) who, too, is serving a life sentence. Fans were in awe of the extraordinary friendship that the two shared on screen. The bromance between Red and Dufresne was especially cherished as they managed to form a bond when both were in the darkest phase of their lives. Striking the perfect balance both the characters seem in absolute contrast. While on one hand Andy is seen invested in his dreams that he has to become free once again, Red is witnessed to be very unsure about how he might not survive once he is allowed to leave.
Luckily, both characters get exactly what they had been hoping for and that's why people cannot help, but love this movie to the absolute core. According to Cleveland.com, Frank Darabont, the director of the timeless film, will be joining a panel discussion (including the movie’s cast and crew members) on August 16. And the following day, Darabont will be visiting the historic Ohio State Reformatory accompanied by other cast members for a 'Shawshank Meet & Greet' session where they will be signing their autographs.
After this meet is over, the directed of other successful movies and television series like The Majestic, The Walking Dead, The Green Mile, and The Mist, will be taking part in the 'Exclusive Shawshank Reception' later in the evening. Stars like Bob Gunton (Warden Norton), Frank Medrano (Fat Ass), Mark Rolston (Bogs), William Sadler (Heywood) and others will be joining the lead panel discussions. Ben Mankiewicz, Turner Classic Movies' host, is said to be leading this discussion on both days.
Although the movie is known to be a hit among everyone, it actually bombed in the American box office when it was first released 25 years ago. It could not even earn $1 million during its opening weekend, reported Vanity Fair. Eventually, it managed to collect $16 million which was a far cry from its $25 million budget. However, the brilliance of the content did not go unnoticed by the critics and it was nominated for seven Oscars which included Best Picture and Best Actor (for Freeman) which they ultimately lost, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Despite these failures, it managed to secure a spot in avid movie enthusiasts' hearts. You can now grab your very own tickets at shawshank25.com. Surely several faithful fans are waiting patiently waiting to watch the epic film that will be screened in select theatres on September 23, 24 and 25, 2019. You can also find the tickets on Fathom Events' website. People on Twitter have been appreciating this movie far and beyond. One user @Linked333 wrote: What a great movie. One of the best. While @delyon_mary couldn't help but point at the fact that the amazing movie did not win an Oscar that they definitely deserved. She wrote: Got robbed of BEST PICTURE Academy Award.