Fans of the 1994 cult classic movie, The Shawshank Redemption, have long traveled to Mansfield to see where the iconic film, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, was shot. The Ohio State Reformatory (which served as Shawshank Prison) is one of 16 actual filming sites from the movie where fans can stop along the Shawshank Trail. The self-guided driving tour lets fans follow in Andy Dufresne’s footsteps and immerse themselves in the film in a way that can be done with few others.
This summer, Mansfield and other film locations will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film’s release Aug. 16–18 at the movie’s filming sites. Fans can meet some of the many memorable characters, including Scott Mann, who played tennis pro Glenn Quentin, and Renee Blaine, who played Linda Dufresne and whose affair with Glenn Quentin set the movie in motion.
“I never thought anything like this [success] would happen,” says Blaine, who also attended the 20th reunion in 2014. “It was overwhelming because there were real fans there, and the movie meant so much to them.”
She, like Mann, will be at the 25th anniversary reunion, as will Frank Medrano, who played a fellow prisoner who arrived the same day and time as Tim Robbins’ Andy Dufresne. Medrano agrees that the movie “touches something in a lot of people — people from widely varied walks of life. I didn’t know how great it would be while I was shooting, but it was a touching experience being involved. The whole experience was really a memory for a lifetime.”
That memory can be relived at The Shawshank Redemption 25th anniversary party, or any time on the Shawshank Trail.
Get your tickets for actor and author panels, movie screening, meet & greets, reception, interaction with other film fans, tours and more. Check the ShawshankTrail.com for all you need to know about the 25th Anniversary. Better start planning your visit today!