Thinly veiled Jesus allegory? Platonic gay love story? The greatest movie of all time? Depending on who you ask, The Shawshank Redemption could be any and all of the above. One thing everybody can agree on - this adaptation of Stephen King's short story is a very popular film, despite the fact that virtually nobody originally saw it in the cinema.
In this week's podcast we're joined by Harry's brother Sam to discuss the mysterious appeal of Shawshank, Morgan Freeman's iconic narration, the mysterious heteronormative power of IMDB voters and much more, before subjecting this screen classic to the greatest test of all - trial by theoretical sequel!
Beyond The Box Set is a British movie podcast that puts a creative twist on your favourite movies. Each week, we take a look at a classic piece of standalone cinema and compete to pitch ridiculous sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We've been as a Guardian Podcast of the Week, a Podbean Recommended Podcast and you can currently find us under 'Best-selling Movie Podcasts' on Apple Podcasts.
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00.00: IMDB's top 250 'films that straight white men like'
30.00: The Shawshank Redemption Drinking Games
44.15: The Shawshank Resurrection
56.00: The Shawshank Renaissance
1.04.00 The Shawshank Strikes Back
1.11.45: Episode 130 Preview & Listener Submissions