The Shawshank Comparisons

A prison escape straight out of the movies.

ShawshankRedemptionStillThe escape of two inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, the first such incident in the facility’s 150-year history, has shocked state officials and fascinated fans of The Shawshank Redemption. That’s because minus the poster of Raquel Welch and the fact that the pair of real-life convicts are very much guilty of murder, the escape path eerily echos the painstaking methods of Tim Robbins’ character Andy Dufresne.

It’s an angle that pretty much every media outlet has tapped in the aftermath of Saturday morning’s discovery that David Sweat and Richard Matt were not in their cells. Here are three of the most recent examples:

‘Their alleged path conjured images of The Shawshank Redemption…’
[CBS News]

‘Officials said Sweat, 34, and Matt, 48, cut through steel walls at the back of their adjacent cells and steel pipes while making their Shawshank Redemption-style breakout…’
[Associated Press]

‘…two convicted murderers tunneled out of a U.S. maximum-security prison near the Canadian border using ideas borrowed from The Shawshank Redemption…’
[London Daily Telegraph]

There are hundreds more references like these. Missing at press time is comment from Shawshank director Frank Darabont and star Robbins. Darabont, coincidentally, just sold his LA home.

Update (1:25 p.m.):
Kudos to ABC News reporters Emily Shapiro and Meghan Keneally for this afternoon’s next-level treatment.

Update (June 9):
On Conan, Robbins said he has received a couple of media inquiries.
[Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures]

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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