A 25th anniversary celebration of The Shawshank Redemption, one of the most cherished American films of the late twentieth century. Although it received mostly positive reviews on its release in September 1994, the box office was disappointing and it failed to win many awards. But as Andy tells Red in the film, “no good thing ever dies.” The movie found new life, reaching an ever-growing audience on cable and home video. Each year, The Shawshank Redemption rises in polls asking film fans to name their favorite movies. It has become nothing less than this generation’s The Grapes of Wrath, an inspiring story about keeping hope alive in bleak times and under the most horrendous conditions.
Mark Dawidziak has been the television critic at the Cleveland Plain Dealer since July 1999. During his sixteen years at the Akron Beacon Journal, he held such posts as TV columnist,movie critic, and critic-at-large. Also an author and playwright, his many books include two histories of landmark TV series: The Columbo Phile: A Casebook (1989) and The Night Stalker Companion (1997). Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone, his lighthearted tribute to Rod Serling’s celebrated anthology series, was published in 2017. The author lives in Cayahoga Falls, OH.
“. . . a well-researched compilation of ‘Shawshank.’ A must-have for the passionate fans of the film . . . even this cast member who thought he knew a lot.” – Bob Gunton, actor from The Shawshank Redemption
“Definitive examination of The Shawshank Redemption. Fun to read, informative, heartfelt, and moving.”—Clancy Brown, actor from The Shawshank Redemption
“I don’t think those of us who took part in the filming of The Shawshank Redemption had any idea that the movie would go on to become one of the most beloved films of our generation. This book gives a rare look at the film.” -- William Sadler, actor from The Shawshank Redemption
"I'm learning things about my own movie. I keep stumbling on tidbits where I go, 'Oh, really?' That's how well-researched it is." -- Frank Darabont, director and screenwriter of The Shawshank Redemption