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'Shawshank Redemption' Tree

SO YOU'RE SAYIN'

THERE'S A CHANCE!?

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

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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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ghost    

I dont see how ANY tree can be some sort of an attraction after its in a damn movie.... seriously folks. Is it that slow of a day in news that you have to report about a downed tree?

1144 days ago
17.

JustaGuy    

Ghost did you see the film? Obviously not, so why don't you get an education and learn how to do some research before you put your stupid opinions out there.
Anyone who has seen the film would instantly understand why the tree is something people would want to see in person.

1144 days ago
18.

asiapants    

Casey Anthony shows up in Ohio and things start dying. Coincidence? I think not

1144 days ago
19.

T    

Casey Anthony is in Ohio. I wonder if she had anything to do with this.

1144 days ago
20.

en Todo Momento!!    

did casey anthony do this?

1144 days ago
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en Todo Momento!!    

a tree is a celebrity? really tmz? now you really got me on this one...

1144 days ago
22.

Lee    

I agree that compared to other happennings in the world this event although unfortunate seems trivial, Still, It is more about reading the responses in the comments and seeing how we as a people have changed with the rest of the world, That is the tragic part.

1131 days ago
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