Hope Is a Good Thing, Maybe the Best of Things, and No Good Thing Ever Dies.
The same could be said about The Shawshank Redemption, the 1994 prison film that debuted only decently in the box office but is now widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.
With a memorable cast of characters starring the likes of Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Gunton as inmates with integrity and a corrupted warden, the movie is set against the impenetrable background of the fictional Shawshank penitentiary, a character stationary both in time and space, though a witness to the changing world within and without.
If you haven’t seen The Shawshank Redemption, I highly suggest that you go do so now. But if you love the movie like I do, or if you’re inclined to learn these awesome fun facts about it, keep on reading! Obviously, there are some major spoiler alerts below.
You’ll never watch the movie the same way again.
Did you know that The Shawshank Redemption was based off of a novella by Stephen King? The King of Horror published Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption in his 1982 collection Different Seasons. Morgan Freeman once said that it’s his favorite book.
The rights for the story were acquired for just $1. Stephen King did a series of these “Dollar Deals” that allowed aspiring filmmakers to adapt King’s stories on the cheap.
Director Frank Darabont would go on to direct The Green Mile and The Mist, both also based on works of Stephen King.