“The Shawshank Redemption” star Tim Robbins thinks he knows why the much-loved movie was a flop when it was originally released in theatres.
The 1994 flick, which cost $25 million to produce but only made $28 million at the domestic box office, had a name that was difficult to remember, according to Robbins.
He told Entertainment Weekly, “When it came out, and was not well received at the box office, there were various reasons given: Well, it’s the title, no one can remember the title.”
“And that makes sense too, because for years after that film came out, people would come up to me and say, ‘You know, I really liked you in that film ‘Scrimshaw Reduction’ or ‘Shimmy, Shimmy, Shake’ or ‘Shankshaw’ — you know, so many different ways that people got it wrong.
“But again, the immediate reaction at that time wasn’t as important as whether the film would have life in video and on cable. And when given a chance, when people actually started to see the movie, it became something that was a movie that people had to watch several times.”
Robbins revealed why he thinks the movie grew to become one of the most-loved flicks of all time.
He suggested, “One reason is that there are very, very few films that are about the relationship, the friendship between two men that doesn’t involve car chases or being charming with the ladies and those kinds of buddy movies.
“This one is about a true, deep friendship that lasts… But in the larger picture, I think it’s a film that is about hope, and about transcending whatever challenges or obstacles are in your life to become a better person.”