25th anniversary celebration of 'The Shawshank Redemption' comes to Mansfield

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MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Some cast members of the "The Shawshank Redemption" movie are reuniting in Mansfield for the film's 25th anniversary celebration.

The Aug. 16-18 celebration of the film shot almost entirely in and around the city will feature various events, including panel discussions with crew and cast members.

The host of Turner Classic Movies, Ben Mankiewicz, will moderate a discussion Saturday at the Ohio State Reformatory that served as Shawshank State Prison in the movie.

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On Sunday, background actors from the film will meet for another panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ohio State Reformatory.

Released in 1994, a significant portion of the movie’s scenes were filmed in Ohio. The Shawshank Trail is where fans can see the sites of those scenes like the Shawshank State Prison, which is really the Ohio State Reformatory located in Mansfield.

Other Ohio stops on the trail include the Bissman Building, Wyandot County Courthouse and Malabar Farms. In fact, the only stop not in Ohio is in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the movie’s ending was filmed.

Some cast members from the film were also set to attend the celebration. Those members include Bob Gunton (Warden Norton), Mark Rolston (Bogs), Gil Bellows (Tommy), Frank Medrano (Fat Ass), Alfonso Freeman (Red’s Mugshot and Fresh Fish Guy), Scott Mann (Glenn Quentin), Renee Blaine (Linda Dufresne), Claire Slemmer (Bank Teller) and Neil Giuntoli (Jigger).

More information and a schedule of activities can be found on the Shawshank Trail website.