Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption (one of the best Stephen King adaptations and one of the most "Beloved by Dads" movies of all time) is turning 25 this year, and to celebrate this horrific reminder that we're all getting comically old, Fathom Events and TCM Big Screen Classics are teaming up to put the film back in theaters.
The news comes to us from Entertainment Weekly, who say:
"The anniversary screenings will take place in select theaters across the country on Sept. 22, 24, and 25. The event will also include exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies. Tickets are on sale now at Fathom Events’ website."
It's legitimately hard to believe The Shawshank Redemption is 25 years old, though I'm not sure why. Plenty of other movies are turning 25 this year, and those anniversaries don't seem like a surprise. Pulp Fiction? Yeah, Pulp Fiction seems 25 years old. Forrest Gump? Without looking, I'd tell you that one's four decades old. Ace Ventura? Came out in the mid-'40s, if memory serves. The Shawshank Redemption, though? I just rewatched this one not long ago, and it still felt pretty damn fresh to me. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that I don't have cable, where Shawshank Redemption has apparently been playing on a loop for the past two decades.
Anyway, if you've never had the chance to see The Shawshank Redemption in a theater (or if you've somehow never seen it, period), do consider clicking that Fathom Events link above and making a date with Darabont's film in September. It's a good one. Just ask your dad.