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Jan 14, 2010 05:32AM
I thought this was called "Rita Heyworth and Shawshank Redemption" and was part of a story collection. Did they republish it as a separate volume? I remember really enjoying the story even more than the movie.
Jan 14, 2010 07:01PM
Nope! I'm just reading the first story, though, unless it really blows me out of the water. I'm not that much of a King fan usually, but this one is pretty great. The movie is one of my absolute favorites. I'm suffering from Morgan Freeman Voice Withdrawal in the narrative.
Jan 16, 2010 05:53PM
I totally agree. The screenplay is superior to the novella. It has more depth and emotional impact. Andy's need for hope illustrates that this is a central need of all mankind. Without it we die even if we still live.
Everytime that movie is on TV I get sucked in. I've seen the last half 5 times but the beginning only once. It really is a classic.
I love to hate the early scene when Norton initiates Andy. Norton is detestable!
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Feb 13, 2010 01:03PM
ABSOLUTELY, Mike. I agree so hard I had to flip the caps lock for that one. My brother and I made a list, the other day, of movie characters who you just hate so so much every time you see it, and who are done such that the prescence of your hate is not only inescapable but really makes the movie better: Norton, Commodus from Gladiator, and Jafar from Alladdin are the only members of our introductory class. Good company!
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