Guest post by Filmiland.com
Frank Darabont’s “The Shawshank Redemption” is one of the best movies of all time. Although it first came out of thin air and without a big budget in 1994; it is now number one on many of the most popular lists. With perhaps the most important being the 250 best movies in history from the famed IMDB site.
Since The Shawshank Redemption is a popular and popular movie; there are plenty of websites to find interesting things about it. So in our article we tried to find the amazing less well-known facts and compile them into one list. In case you’re a fan of this movie and want to know these facts about it, follow us.
Interesting shooting location
The Shawshank Redemption was filmed at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Mansfield.
The Ohio State Prison, known as the Mansfield Reformatory, was shut down three years before the film was filmed; following a mass case of prisoners in 1990 for overcrowding and inhumane living conditions.
Over the years, the prison has been in poor condition, but is being renovated by the Mansfield Correctional Service Association using funds raised from donations and travel fees to the site.
The main prison is the location where many other works are filmed
Use the prison to film other films like Air Force One, Tango and Cash; as well as the famous TV series House and other works and events.
The Shawshank Redemption has seen films made, not just The Shawshank Redemption. It has been used twice in its lifetime, first during scenes from Harry and Walter Go to New York in 1975; and second time in 1989 when Tango & Cash was shot. After it was closed, it has also been used several times in Air Force One and Escape Plan: The Extractors.
Not only did the reformist use film shooting feature a promotional film session featuring Marilyn Manson, a Go DJ music video by Lil Wayne – Lil Wayne, and a promotional poster for the WWE Judgment Day event.
A distinctive personality in Shawshank Redemption
Dennis Baker – Dennis Baker, who was an aide to the Mansfield Correctional Officer; actually appears on the scene where Tommy Williams – Tommy Williams is brought to Shushank prison.
Baker worked at the Mansfield Penitentiary for more than 25 years. He started as a guard, graduated to become the administrative assistant to the warden. And later became the warden of another prison. When director Frank Darabont gave Becker the opportunity to appear in the film; he chose to play the part of one of the convicts on the bus to the prison.
The Dark Knight is part of the equation!
The Dark Knight Lovers takes The Shawshank Redemption to number one on the IMDB’s list of the 250 best movies in history: Top 250, by giving The Godfather the lowest possible rating to top their favorite movie list.
The movie, released in 2008, placed first on Top 250 and second on The Godfather, quickly moved up to first place.
Commentators on IMDB have pointed out that at the same time as the rise of The Dark Knight, more users gave The Godfather the lowest possible rating from 6.1% to 6.4% of the total residents, suggesting that it was The Dark Knight fans that made their favorite movie number one. After the enthusiasm about that movie faded to third place, leaving The Shawshank Redemption first.
Tom Cruise conceded the lead role!
Tom Cruise was to replace Tommy Williams with Andy Dufresne; but he didn’t want to work with an inexperienced filmmaker like Frank Darabont.
Frank Darabont was the director and screenwriter of The Shawshank Redemption, and has had no previous directing experience except for a short film based on the novel by author Stephen King Steven King King titled The Human in the Room, and a TV movie titled Bureed Live. This is his second experience with Stephen King as the lead story owner.
Director Rob Rainer-Rob Reiner said he wanted to produce the film himself; and offered $2.5 million to Drarabont in exchange for the project, but the latter refused. When Tom Cruise was chosen to play the tournament, he refused because he did not want to work with Drarbont, and asked Reiner to supervise and participate in the production of the film to approve the role, but he also refused, and from the representatives proposed by Tom Hanks and Kevin Costner.
Clear Contrast in Dates in Shawshank Redemption
The car driven by Andy Dofrein in one of the scenes is Pontiac GTO, 1968, although the film’s events are supposed to take place in 1965.
Andy Dofrein, fleeing prison for Mexico, appears in a red Pontiac GTO convertible, although the car was placed on the market in September 1967 and a flight from Doverin occurred in 1966, according to the film’s events. According to some sources, the film makers wanted to use a Mustang car during that time period, but the owner of the car failed to agree with them at the last minute.
According to several Web sites, film makers used live larvae for natural reasons in the mushroom scene, but according to the American Animal Association, the larva was made of children’s food.
First, the larvae were not used in the scene, but the wax worms – Wax worms, and a representative of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – ASPCA asked the filmmakers not to use live worms, which disturbed Darapont.
In the end they decided to use fake wax worms made of children’s food.
Shawshank Redemption is not the only title of the movie
The film has different titles around the world, and it’s called 1995: Fantic in Taiwan, Le Ali Della Libertà or The Wings of Freedom in Italy.
The film was not launched with its original title in Taiwan. Instead, it was called Fancatic 1995. Most people there thought it was an action film, it was published in Taiwan in 1995 and not 1994. For Italy, it was known as Le Della Libertà, which translates into the Freedom Wings – The gs of Freedom.