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'Shawshank Redemption' Tree



8/2/2011 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's basically knockin' on death's door ... but TMZ has learned there's still HOPE for the heavily damaged Ohio oak tree featured in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption."

The tree was essentially split in half when a strong wind storm ripped through north-central Ohio last week -- and officials in Mansfield were pretty pessimistic about its fate.

But now, a rep for the Mansfield Convention and Visitors Bureau tells us area leaders are scrambling to figure out a plan to "somehow preserve it" ... because the tree has become a MAJOR tourist attraction in the area since the movie and NO ONE wants to see it die.

Still, the rep adds, "We highly encourage folks who want to see the tree in its natural location to visit now, while part of it remains standing." 

Officials are planning to meet up with the property owners in the next few weeks ... when they will decide the tree's fate once and for all.


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They won't be able to save it, but they may get a few more years out of it. They will need to prop it up so that the other half doesn't fall. They will probably paint this black tar-like substance on the exposed section of the trunk. But in the end disease will still get in and kill the tree. All they can do is delay if for a little while.

1178 days ago

lando gregori    

They better preserve it!If it dies i will so kill Really Who gives a crap

1178 days ago


I have a hard time believing two things here.
1) This tree is a major tourist attraction, really?
2) Why is this "story" even posted here?

1178 days ago


Andy raped and murdered his wife under that tree.

1178 days ago


If they want to try to save this tree, they will first have to try and
balance it by taking the weight off the surviving side to better
balance it. Otherwise the next storm will do it in. Would be better
just to pick another tree in a field and tell the tourists it is the tree
in the movie. They'll never know the difference, because this one
isn't the right one either. Where is the stone wall?

1178 days ago


She need to drop some $ on her face and neck.

They really need to work out their problems b/c the attorneys are the only ones getting rich off their dime and ripping them both off in the process.

1178 days ago


I like the "Dumb and Dumber" reference

1178 days ago

When I was a little kid the Oak tree in our backyard got struck by lightning and split in half just like this tree looks. They saved the tree by propping it up and putting 2 giant bolts thru the trunk. 20 years later and the tree is doing great.

1178 days ago


As someone who lives in Mansfield, I can tell you that, yes, it is a tourist attraction, believe it or not. It's a small town and Shawshank is its claim to fame. They give tours at the old reformatory where the movie was filmed. For a small town, Shawshank was and is still a big deal. I found it funny that the tree was our front page headline the morning after it was struck. (yes, that is how little news we have here...)

1178 days ago


This oak tree lies right across the road from Malabar Farm, the location where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married. On the other side of the farm, along the Doris Duke trail, is Pugh cabin - site of the opening scene of The Shawshank Redemption. On the Malabar Farm property, itself, is the haunted Ceely Rose home.

Malabar Farm was home to Pulitzer Prize winning author, Louis Bromfield. Many of the old-school Hollywood stars would stay there.

So, the tree is not the ONLY attraction, or reason to visit. But, it certainly ties into the whole trip there. Shame to see it damaged like this.

1178 days ago


I'm afraid that tree is as dead as Brooks and Warden Norton.

1178 days ago


Suicide by windstorm is illegal in all state except the ones where weathermen wear their yellow breakers and report the impending moments of a huricanes landfall. That tree needs to be on a psychiatric hold.

1178 days ago

@Darren, sounds like you run the Mansfield tour bus

1178 days ago


No doubt about it then, thunder and lightening.. tot-mom is in Ohio!!

1178 days ago


Place is looking nice. Every tree have a age.

1178 days ago
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