Unquestionably having an influence on audiences, The Shawshank Redemption is one of the most adored movies ever made. The performance of Morgan Freeman as Red is one of the main factors in the movie’s popularity.

It was based on the 1982 book Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, which was written by Stephen King. The 1994 released film, The Shawshank Redemption is actually an American drama that was written and directed by Frank Darabont. It follows the life sentence given to banker Andy Dufresne played by Tim Robbins in Shawshank State Prison despite his claims of innocence for the murders of his wife and her boyfriend.

Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption
Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption

When it first came out, The Shawshank Redemption was a flop

Many people nowadays are unaware that the critically acclaimed film The Shawshank Redemption was a financial failure when it first came out. The movie didn’t perform well at the box office when it originally came out, earning less money than it cost to make. Upon its initial release, the movie received mixed reviews and performed poorly financially, earning only $16 million out of a $25 million budget.

But with time, it has evolved into a beloved classic that is admired by audiences all around the world. It currently has a phenomenal Rotten Tomatoes score of 91% and a 9.3 rating on IMDb. Seven Academy Award nominations were made for the movie, including ones for Best Picture, Best Original Score, and Best Actor for Morgan Freeman.

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The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption

Despite its initial commercial failure, The Shawshank Redemption has grown to become a beloved movie with a particular place in many people’s hearts. The voice of Red, played by Morgan Freeman, has become a defining characteristic of the movie’s legacy.

Morgan Freeman thanks fans for turning the movie from a flop to a beloved classic

Morgan Freeman, who portrayed the legendary character Red in the critically acclaimed film The Shawshank Redemption, shared a touching message on Instagram expressing his gratitude to his fans in honor of the film’s 26th anniversary in the year 2020.

Even today, Freeman is still appreciative of the fans’ unwavering love and support. Along with the message of gratitude, he posted several movie images that fans have continued to find moving.

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Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman

Freeman also included his favorite quotes from the film, a moving line that captures the essence of desire and hope, in the message. The line expresses a desire to meet up with his friend and take in the Pacific Ocean’s breathtaking beauty which he thinks is as blue in real life as it is in his dreams. “I hope to see my friend and shake his hand.” the quote reads “ I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. “

This specific quote showcases the neverending desire to get rid of the loneliness that the character experiences and the unwavering pursuit of hope, all of which are major themes in The Shawshank Redemption.

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Source: Daily Excelsior

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