Has it really been 20 years since “The Shawshank Redemption” came out? What tha….? Anyhow, on November 18th you can attend a VERY special screening of the film at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. What makes THIS screening so special is that there will be some prestigious luminaries from the film in attendance. Frank Darabont, Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins will be in attendance, moderated by Max Brooks.
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Here is what the official Oscars page has to say about the event.
Screenwriter Frank Darabont made his feature directing debut with an Oscar-nominated adaptation of Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and over the last twenty years, this gripping story of hope and courage has become one of the most beloved films of its time.
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Tim Robbins stars as Andy Dufresne, a young banker falsely convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover, who faces unthinkable brutality as an inmate of Shawshank State Prison. Andy’s accounting skills and his friendship with a more experienced prisoner, Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding played by Morgan Freemanhelp keep him alive in the hostile setting.
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However, an unforgivable betrayal leads him to plot an impossible escape. For his directing debut, Darabont assembled a top-notch supporting cast with a memorable performance by the great James Whitmore as a longtime convict. Darabont was also aided by Roger Deakins’ stark cinematography, Richard Francis-Bruce’s tense editing and Thomas Newman’s emotional score, which all earned Oscar nominations. Stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and writer-director Frank Darabont will appear in person to help celebrate this contemporary classic’s 20th anniversary.
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1994, 143 minutes, color, 35mm | Written and directed by Frank Darabont; based on the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King; with Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, James Whitmore.
Tickets are general admission and only $5. There will be a STAND-BY line at the west doors, with STAND-BY numbers given out at approximately 5:30 pm. The number of STAND-BY tickets available (if any) will be determined shortly before the performance.