Three things to know about… Les Evadés

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Tim Robbins is featured on TF1 Séries Films. This classic will be followed by the new The Poison Rose, already visible in replay on the group’s website.

Regularly rebroadcast, The escapees will return at 9 p.m. on channel 20, then Morgan Freeman will remain at the heart of the second part of the evening thanks to the first free-to-air broadcast of The Poison Rose, a drama he co-starred with John Travolta in 2019. Here is his pitch: Carson Phillips, a former quarterback turned private investigator in Los Angeles, travels to his hometown of Galveston, Texas, at the behest of a client without news of her aunt. It is for him a painful pilgrimage. It was there that twenty years ago, he abandoned the woman he loved and his football career. Carson will then unravel one by one all the secrets of this city against a background of corruption, drug trafficking and match-fixing.

Note that this film is already online on the TF1 website.

To wait until this special Morgan Freeman night, here are three things to know about The escapees.

The adaptation of a short story by Stephen King

Released in 1994, The escapees stages a great story of friendship behind bars between two men who should never have met: a young banker sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife whom he denies having committed and a black fifty-something, disillusioned and detained for twenty years. It’s about adaptation by Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, a short story from the master of horror Stephen king taken from the collection Different seasons, published in 1982 and which has greatly inspired the big screen. In 1986, Rob Reiner had indeed seized the Body become Stand by me. Before that in 1998, Bryan Singer adapted A gifted student.

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A story of friendship

Frank Darabont sign with The escapees his first feature film. But it was not his first meeting with Stephen King. For her short film debut in 1983 with The woman in the room, he had in fact chosen to bring his new Room 312. And it is besides his enthusiasm in front of the result which pushed the writer to give him the rights of Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption for just $ 1000. Rob Reiner offers 2,500,000 to Darabont to bring to the screen himself. But Darabont, until then specializing in sequels and remakes of horror classics (Freddy 3, The Fly 2, The Blob) declines and decides to take charge of the realization himself. And the result thrills the writer who considers it the best adaptation of his work … and sends Darabont his uncashed check a few months after the release of Escapees. This winning duo would hit hard again five years later for The green Line.

An eventful cast

Many were the actors aspiring to embody the two main interpreters of these Evadés. Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage and Robert Redford were respectively considered to camp Dufresne. Tom Hanks (whom Darabont will direct in The green Line) was on the verge of doing it just like Kevin Costner but both had to decline, taken by the respective shootings of Forrest Gump and Waterworld. And this is how Tim robbins, carried by its Cannes interpretation prize and its Golden Globe for The Player took over the role. As for Red, described in King’s short story as an Irishman with red hair, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman and Robert Redford expressed their interest. But from day one, Darabont had only one name in mind: Morgan freeman. For his charisma and his voice. And so he ignored any question of skin color to entrust her with this role.

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