MANSFIELD, OH – Hard to believe it’s been 20 years. No, we’re not talking about the establishment of the North American Free Trade Agreement; this is a news show. We’re talking about the one of the greatest movies of all time: The Shawshank Redemption.
“I think it’s just a timeless story of the triumph of the human spirit,” says Zach Walker, manager of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Mason Road.
Yep. Twenty big ones have passed since filming began at the Ohio State Reformatory in the little town of Mansfield, Ohio. And folks there are planning a week-long celebration in honor of the anniversary.
But not every movie made gets this kind of treatment. So what makes Shawshank so special?
“You end up rooting for these guys who are in prison and you really become attached to them and love them and root for them,” explains Houstonian Lacy Edmondson.
“The cast is phenomenal,’ Walker says. ‘The writing is great; it’s based on a Stephen King short story, so, when you get all that stuff put together it comes out and it’s a masterpiece.”
The city of Mansfield plans to offer tours of the old reformatory, which has since played host to other shows, like the discovery channel’s ‘ghost adventures,’ and the town plans to have celebrities and other filmmakers associated with the movie on hand for the celebration. And while the rest of us may not have the chance to hike it up to Ohio for the festivities, this may be a good weekend to pull your copy off the shelf and remind yourself what a good movie, a really good movie, is supposed to look like.