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The great white Oak tree made famous by the 1994 movie based on Stephen King's story has been overtaken by natural forces. That massive oak tree in a particularly beautiful hayfield to which Morgan Freeman travels after he's dropped off near a Buxton sign on a mini pickup truck as he says, "Much obliged". That tree under which Andy Dufresne had hidden a box nearby. That tree under which Andy made love to his wife. That tree is gone. Appearing in the final sequences of the film , the tree serves as an archetypal movie 101 where a structure of memorable or outlandish outlook is used as a page turner. Nevertheless, a scene that satisfied the cravings of the original book enthusiasts alongside an immaculate display of cinematography and enaction.

ANDY : Red, if you ever get out of here, do me a favor. There's this big hayfield up near Buxton. You know where Buxton is?

RED : Lots of hayfields there.

ANDY : One in particular. Got a long rock wall with a big oak at the north end. Like something out of a Robert Frost poem. It's where I asked my wife to marry me. We'd gone for a picnic. We made love under that tree. I asked and she said yes..........Promise me, Red. If you ever get out, find that spot. In the base of that wall you'll find a rock that has no earthly business in a Maine hayfield. A piece of black volcanic glass. You'll find something buried under it I want you to have.

RED : What? What's buried there?

ANDY : You'll just have to pry up that rock and see.

In 2011, the tree was fractured by a storm, and has ever since been in a benighted position. This time around it looks like the tree has crashed courtesy of the strong winds brought forth by the wrath of Warden Norton's undiminished soul himself. Some say, his enraged ghoul is still searching for Andy on the shores of numerous beaches of Zihuatanejo.

The tree comes under Private Property....
The tree comes under Private Property....

The shooting spot was turned into an international tourist landmark in the after years by the people of Mansfield, Ohio. In the original short story, the tree resided at Buxton, Maine. Almost every location has been turned into some form of attraction. Andy wanted Red to find something lodged in a stone wall that ran alongside the Oak tree as we all know. If you're ever in Mansfield, have a visit because that wall is close to disappearance. Rocks are being taken as souvenirs and some have been sold on eBay. There're also 'Shawshank Trails' being organized which is like a dream ride for aficionados.

Shawshank Redemption is a tearjerker movie of iconic characters, unforgettable scenes and memorable places which still unsuspectingly holds the 'numero uno' spot for Top Rated Movies on the International Movie Database. It is a sad day for fans. An Oak tree has a life of about 200 years. The pop culture exposure the tree took in before it fell a few nights before was an amazing run given the fact that Shawshank Redemption is one of the best films that came out in 1994 along with other amazing films that same year. When all is said and done to sawdust, this tree lived a spectacular life tangling hundreds of characters, nurturing Earth, witnessing changing times. It was enormous. It was giving. It was Hope. Hope is a good thing....



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