What Is the Shawshank Prison in Maine?


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The Shawshank Prison in Maine is the primary setting for the story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King. It is also the setting for the movie "The Shawshank Redemption" that is based on King's story.

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The movie "The Shawshank Redemption" was actually filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. In "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption," the full name of the prison is Shawshank State Penitentiary.

Shawshank State Penitentiary is actually mentioned in several Stephen King stories, including "The Fifth Quarter," "Under the Dome," "Bag of Bones" and "Needful Things."

The Ohio State Reformatory is also featured in movies such as "Air Force One" and "Tango and Cash."

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