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Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 6 July 1994 (USA)
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The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Winston Groom (novel), Eric Roth (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Forrest Gump
Rebecca Williams ... Nurse at Park Bench
Sally Field ... Mrs. Gump
Michael Conner Humphreys ... Young Forrest
Harold G. Herthum Harold G. Herthum ... Doctor (as Harold Herthum)
George Kelly George Kelly ... Barber
Bob Penny ... Crony
John Randall John Randall ... Crony
Sam Anderson ... Principal
Margo Moorer ... Louise
Ione M. Telech Ione M. Telech ... Elderly Woman
Christine Seabrook Christine Seabrook ... Elderly Woman's Daughter
John Worsham John Worsham ... Southern Gentleman / Landowner
Peter Dobson ... Young Elvis Presley
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... School Bus Driver (as Siobhan J. Fallon)
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Storyline

Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low I.Q. but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His 'mama' teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, creates the smiley, writes bumper stickers and songs, donates to people and meets the president several times. However, this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone. Written by aliw135

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, some sensuality and war violence | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forrest Gump: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,450,602, 10 July 1994

Gross USA:

$330,455,270

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$678,151,134
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS (The Digital Experience)| Dolby SR | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the opening shot of the film, the feather floats down over Madison Square in Savannah, Georgia. It then floats up to the sky where there is a dissolve, barely visible, and then it sweeps down past the Protestant Church and then heads for Chippawa Square, about half a mile away from the first square (although we are left to believe it's the same square). See more »

Goofs

When Jenny wades out into the Reflecting Pool at the Lincoln Memorial and Forrest wades out to meet her, they would have been at least chest deep as the pool slopes downward towards the center - it does not have a flat bottom except down the centerline. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Forrest Gump: Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?
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Alternate Versions

ABC version alters the following:
  • The "moaning" of the Superintendent as he has sex with Mrs. Gump as little Forrest sits on the swing set outside is not as frantic
  • The look on Forrest's face in Jenny's dorm room is deleted
  • Reframing and alternate takes are used to hide Jenny's partial nudity as she runs off stage at the strip show
  • Dubbing over most profanities
  • The "Shit Happens" sequence (including the sticker on the back of the truck) is changed to "It Happens"
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Soundtracks

Hello, I Love You
(1968)
Written by Jim Morrison (as The Doors)
Performed by The Doors
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A beautiful fable for now and the future
8 April 2002 | by ZonieboySee all my reviews

I believe everyone has a right to their opinion about films or other topics. However from a lot of the comments I have read about this film, I do not think many got the gist of the message from the author and the film maker. This film is a great modern fable, a fable in the dictionary is defined as a brief fictitious story that teaches a moral. There are many morals defined in this film but foremost is integrity and a simple goodness.

I have a half brother who grew up in the Southern U.S. and on one occasion we were discussing this film and he said he felt it portrayed Southerners as dimwitted. I disagreed with him and informed him that the author himself was a native Southerner. The setting is central to this story in that it lets the tale unfold tying in factual events with the fable before us.

The film is wonderfully directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is his opus and is acted by a great cast on all levels. From the children who were Forrest Gump and Gump Jr. by Haley Joel Osment. Say what you want but I feel Tom Hanks deserved the Oscar award. Gary Sinise is synonymous with Lt.Dan whenever you hear those words. Sally Fields is the loving dutiful mother in her challenging situation. Mykelti Williamson as Bubba gives you a real sense in the story that Gump had a genuine friend, he moves you with his character. Words don't grasp the full performance of Robin Wright Penn as Jenny. Jennys' tenderness and pain are palpable as exhibited by Wright.

I feel that much of Gumps' appeal is his downright sense of doing the right thing regardless of the people and situations around him and we see that in this film. That being the case maybe we all wish we could be just a little more like that, trying to maintain innate goodness and not the trade-offs we often make as we go down lifes highways.

The movie has it all too,drama,comedy and it challenges societal norms as well. Then there are the almost endless quotes from the movie that have slipped into everyday speech. They are too numerous to say at this point.One of the toppers for me in the movie is when Forrest is in a quandary about life and wondering as Lt.Dan said we all have a destiny and his Mom says it is where we are all just floating around like a feather in the wind. Forrest's character terms it very well with this quote,"I think it is a little bit of both." From my experiences in life it does appear to be that way. So if you have not seen the movie,see it soon you are in for a real treat. If you did not like it, give it a try again and hopefully you will see it for the great story it is!


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