Morgan Freeman explained why The Shawshank Redemption was a flop


The film inspired by the work of Stephen King is considered one of the best in the history of cinema. However, it grossed just $73 million.

The film did not even triple what was invested in its budget.
© IMDbThe film did not even triple what was invested in its budget.

When someone starts going through the different movie pages and starts looking for the different rankings of the best movies in the history of Hollywood, there is one that usually appears very often. Is about The Shawshank Redemption (translated as dream of freedom Y Escape dream), which featured Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins and was based on one of the works written by Stephen King.

Despite being considered a masterpiece, the film directed by Frank Darabont it did not perform well at the box office globally. With a budget close to 25 million dollars, it barely managed to raise 73 million worldwide. Although it is difficult to know for sure the reasons behind the behavior of the public and what makes a success or failure of a film, Morgan Freeman has a theory.

During an interview in The Graham Norton Showthe host of the British program highlighted The Shawshank Redemption as a success “everyone loves”. However, he stressed that it did not do well at the box office, something that was also recognized by himself. Morgan Freemanwho defined it as “a box office flop”. It was then that the 85-year-old actor gave his opinion on the matter.

“The reason, of course, is that the only real marketing movies have is word of mouth. You can promote it all you want, but if the first people to see it come out and they can’t say, ‘I saw this great movie,’ you’re not going to get very far. When the people went to see The Shawshank Redemption, they came out saying, ‘I saw this amazing movie. Is named…'”explained Morgan Freeman. Then he remembered: “A lady once saw me in an elevator and said, ‘Oh, I saw you in The Hotsucker Reduction.’ If you can’t spread the word, she’s not doing well.”.

+The mark that the film left on Morgan Freeman’s career

In addition to being one of the great classics of modern cinema, The Shawshank Redemption also marked a milestone in the career of Morgan Freeman. Graham Norton He asked the actor about a feature that has defined his career for some time: the voiceover. “Was this the movie that made you Mr. Narration?”consulted the hostwhat Morgan Freeman He answered in the affirmative, without hesitation for a moment.

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