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Shawshank Redemption

OAK TREE

BADLY WOUNDED

8/1/2011 2:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The iconic Ohio oak tree where Andy Dufresne buried a secret stash for his prison pal Red at the end of "The Shawshank Redemption" ... is ON DEATH'S DOOR -- after a brutal windstorm last week.

You remember the tree -- it was at the end of the trail ... and there was a rock that had no earthly business being in a hayfield ... and Red picked up said rock, opened the box and realized that Andy was in Zihuatanejo. Great flick.

Anyway, the damn thing nearly split in half Friday during a crazy windstorm. According to MansfieldNewsJournal.com, the owners of the property have not announced if they plan to remove the tree.

But remember ... "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies."

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31.

Jackie    

Wow!!...Lucky tree to be posted on TMZ... oh1 it's famous i forgot...whao!..smh

1147 days ago
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nita    

I hope they can save the tree. that is one of my favorite movies,and the story woven around the history of the tree for the character Andy was pivotal in the movie, and then Red going there brought it full circle.

1147 days ago
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nita    

I hope they can save the tree. that is one of my favorite movies,and the story woven around the history of the tree for the character Andy was pivotal in the movie, and then Red going there brought it full circle.

1147 days ago
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BVgirl    

is this the same tree from the HBO Series 'Carnivale' (circa 2003ish)???

1147 days ago
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BVgirl    

is this the same tree from the HBO Series 'Carnivale' (circa 2003ish)???

1147 days ago
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Tom    

Um the stone wall has been "stolen" rock by rock over the years since the movie came out. There are only a few rocks left. Quite pathetic and sad that "fans" would make a pilgrimage to the site and steal from it.

1146 days ago
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Rachael    

I live in Mansfield and I don't remember there being a crazy windstorm any time recently. There's always a little wind every now and then but usually windstorm means tornadoes here. But anyway tree branches fall all the time so it definitely wouldn't look the same.

1139 days ago
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