The IMDb War
How Shawshank Redemption came first in IMdB rating is an interesting story. Godfather was occupying the first place initially and The Dark Knight fans wanted it to get the first place. So they started down-rating Godfather for it to go down in the list. There was a huge contribution of The Dark Knight & The Godfather in getting The Shawshank Redemption (1994 movie) to No.1 on IMDb.
Back in 2008, even before The Dark Knight was released, there were huge threads on IMDb where The Dark Knight fans and Godfather fans swore to bury the other movie to the grounds. However, in the end, The Dark Knight did not get enough rating to become first and the Shawshank Redemption which was third in the list came up to the first position.
The whole fiasco arose when The Dark Knight became no.1 even before it was released. It wasn’t pretty as the whole purpose of rating a movie on it’s quality was defeated. Things went ugly when anti-ratings became viral. The Dark Knight fans began rating 1/10 to Godfather fans. Similar things followed among Godfather fans but the impact was more on The Dark Knight’s rating as it had very less number of votes.
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