The Shawshank Redemption: Revealed

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How did they make him look so young?

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True story. For the picture of young “Red” Redding on his mugshot, actor Morgan Freeman’s son Alfonso was tapped to portray him decades ago. So that’s why the photo looked so real… great idea. Alfonso also has a brief part in the film taunting the new arrivals as they get out of the bus.

Box Office Numbers: With a very modest hit in theaters when it opened 20 years ago, some called it a dud at the box office reaching about $2.5 million on the first weekend. And yet, over time, The Shawshank Redemption became one of the highest grossing video rentals of all time. After grossing $28 million at the box office in North America and another $30 million overseas, it went on to the video rental market and by the end had made about $80 million in sales. Adding television licensing fees to date, the film has brought in more than $100 million.

Don’t miss the video towards the end! But how much did they pay for the original story?

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