Frank Darabont may not have been Stephen King’s first Dollar Baby, but he certainly was one of the earliest. And according to King himself, Darabont’s short film The Woman in the Room is his favorite of the bunch. The story Darabont really wanted to adapt of King’s, however, was “Rita Hayworth & Shawshank Redemption.” It wouldn’t be until much later in his career, after he’d already established himself as a screenwriter of horror properties, that he’d be able to return to King and lock in the rights. Join us – Andy Nelson and Pete Wright – as we kick off our Stephen King à la Darabont series – with guests Tom & Tony Bancroft from the Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast – to talk about his 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption.
We talk about our first experiences with the film and why it’s stuck with us over time and review Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and all the other potentials that could have played those parts. Along the way, we look at the nature of Robbins’ character Andy Dufresne and how he embodies the type of protagonist that doesn’t necessarily follow his own character arc but changes those around him over the course of the film. We also argue how he still does have some strong moments of change himself, and how often the film is used as a parable in Christian circles. We touch on the greatness of the cinematography and music. And we marvel that the film didn’t get much award or box office love, considering how much we all love it.
It’s a marvelous film and a great way to kick off this series. We have a great time talking about it with Tom and Tony, so check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!
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