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Toby Dufresne or Andy Beecher?

Recently I watched a rerun of The Shawshank Redemption. I always liked prison movies (even before Oz, LOL), and this is one of my favorites. There’s something alluring in the idea of a truly innocent man being arrested and how he affects other inmates’ lives – the opera scene is specially beautiful!
But this time watching it was different. I was looking to Tim Robbins and suddenly he reminded of Lee Tergesen! Similar smile, similar way of looking, similar nose, and if I watch it again I’m sure I’ll think they’ve similar hands. The way Andy Dufresne (Robbins character) behaves, trying to bring a little of his pre-prison life to inside, helping the other inmates to remember they’re human beings, refusing to give up his beliefs... am I losing it or there’s something like Beecher in him? IMDb told me this movie was filmed at 1994. Hum, do you think Tom Fontana watched it then and had few ideas?


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Jul. 2nd, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
I think Shawshank is great as both a short story and a movie. One thing I've always respected about Oz is that noone is innocent. Fontana forces you to look through the eyes of the guilty and to even empathize with them. Something about Beecher reminds of Timothy Bayliss on Homicide and David Morse's character (Dr. Jack Morrison, I think) on St Elsewhere but that doesn't mean Tom didn't get a few ideas from Shawshank.
Jul. 3rd, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmmmm
I also like this side at Oz, nobody is totally innocent. Even bad guys can have their good moments (do you remember when Adebisi didn't allow Kenny Wrangler to steal Rebadow's sick grandson money?), just like good guys can do nasty things (Metzger could say a lot about it, if Beecher hadn't sliced his throat). I've heard about Homicide and St. Elsewhere - weren't they written by Tom Fontana too?
Jul. 5th, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmmmm
Yes. There on Homicide there was an episode called "Prison Riot" which featured Dean Winters and Charles Dutton(Alvah Case). TF stated that the research and setting for this episode is what led him to try to do a TV prison drama. Earlier, Fontana worked on St Elsewhere which seems to have been his big break and in my opinions was much better than ER.
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