Episode 22, March 2, 2017: The Shawshank Redemption

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We finish out Stephen King month and pose the most important question, is The Shawshank Redemption the best Stephen King adapted film?

Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.

Show Notes:

2DudeReview - Episode 22: The Shawshank Redemption

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

Ia. Our bet for the picture

II. First Impressions of The Shawshank Redemption

III. Origin & tidbits

- Based off of the Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.
- Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks, and Brad Pitt were all offered the role of Andy Dufresne but turned it down because of scheduling conflicts. Kostner turned it down to do Waterworld. Oops.
- Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford were all considered to play Red (he was written as an Irishman, hence the joke in the film, "maybe, it's because I'm Irish."
- Frank Darabont would go on to also direct The Green Mile and The Mist.
- The prison was the Ohio State Reformatory.
- The score was composed by Thomas Newman and nominated for an Academy Award.
- It wasn't a huge box office success but made up its money in home video and TV spots.
- Since you can't really train a crow to squak, Tim Robbins learned its pattern and ad-libbed as needed when he filmed with it.
- Darabont watched GoodFellas every Sunday during filming and drew inspiraton from it.
- It is never said in the film but Brooks is allegedly in prison for murdering is wife and daughter.
- The mugshots of Morgan Freeman are actually his son.
- Rob Reiner loved the script so much he offered Darabont $2.5 million to direct it but was turned down.
- The American Humane Association would not allow them to use a live maggot to feed the crow so they had to find a dead one (from natural causes).
- According to the novella, Red killed his wife, the neighbor's wife, and neighbor's son by cutting the brake lines in the car to get the insurance money from his wife. The neighbors were not supposed to be killed.
- The role of Tommy was intended for Brad Pitt but he decided to play in Interview with the Vampire instead.
- Red's cell number is 237 as a shout out to The Shining.
- Darabont wanted to end the film ambiguously with Red in the bus but Castle Rock required the reunion on the beach.

IV. Points to discuss

- Ebert saw the film as a man feeling self-worth in a hopeless situation, Isaac Morehouse argued it was about people being free even in a cage. Thoughts?
- Was this the best King adaptation? If not, which one(s) were better?

V. How rotten is The Shawshank Redemption? The Shawshank Redemption was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

VI. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VII. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: A+
Brian's Grade: A
Karina's Grade: A+