Book + Film Club November: The Shawshank Redemption

Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

Frank Darabont


Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema

Nov 20

Sidewalk’s Book + Film Club unites movie and book lovers for a monthly film screening and discussion about famous films and the people who make them. At the end of the month, we host a screening of a film related to the book and host a round-table discussion. Each session is $35 and the includes book, film screening, and discussion. Buy 3 or more months at once and get 10% off your registration by using code ‘3ormore' at checkout!

Registration Deadline to have books mailed: Friday, November 1st. Books will be mailed within 72 hours of this date.

Registration Deadline to have books picked up: Monday, November 11th. Books can be picked up from our Box Office during our regular operating hours Thursday – Sunday from 2pm til Close. You will receive an email when your book is ready to be picked up.

Book: Stephen King Goes to the Movies by Stephen King

For the first time in one volume, each with a fascinating introduction, come the stories of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Hearts in Atlantis (Low Men in Yellow Coats), 1408, The Mangler and Children of the Corn. These five classic tales were turned into successful international films starring some of the world’s most famous actors from Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption through Anthony Hopkins in Hearts in Atlantis to John Cusack in 1408.

Film: The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Dir. Frank Darabont

In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding, layering their performances with snippets of individuality: Their small, daily sustenances and minor triumphs are wonderfully inspiring. Technical contributions are well-crafted, particularly cinematographer Roger Deakins‘ forbidding lensing. Filmed in a garrison-like former prison in Mansfield, Ohio, Shawshank is often overwhelming in its depiction of the granite-cold, stony horror of prison life. Most splendid is Thomas Newman’s somber score, which, at its best moments, alights with radiant textures and sprightly grace notes, nicely emblematic of the film’s central theme. – The Hollywood Reporter



Frank Darabont


Niki Marvin


Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows


Thomas Newman