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Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  6 July 1994 (USA)
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Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.



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Elderly Woman
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School Bus Driver (as Siobhan J. Fallon)


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, create the smiley, write bumper stickers and songs, donating to people and meeting 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

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


Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

6 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Forrest Gump: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,302,303 (UK) (11 November 1994)


£15,803,823 (UK) (14 April 1995)

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2.36 : 1
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Author Winston Groom had a 3% share in the film's net profits. See more »


When little Forrest and Jenny are on the bus, the bus seems to be traveling at different speeds, depending on the shot. See more »


[first lines]
Forrest Gump: Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?
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Quite possibly the best movie ever made.
1 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've seen most of the top-voted 30 or 40 movies here at IMDb, and Forrest Gump probably wins my vote for the single best movie ever made.

This is not a conclusion I came to the first time I saw this film, or the second. The more you understand about this movie, the more you like it. And in terms of understanding it, my wife and I both were still gaining new understanding the 5th or 6th time we watched it. (For example: Why does Jenny behave exactly as she does throughout the movie? It'll take a lot of thinking to =fully= understand her.)

Just the fact that we've seen it at least half a dozen times says a lot. There are few movies that I ever even give a second viewing.

Like many of the truly good movies, there are people out there who see it once and consider it to be a waste of time. Such people are usually just looking for the most "action," gore and sex they can find, and haven't a clue about films that actually involve thought, ideas, and life.

Did I mention the script is absolutely brilliant? There are a lot of =truly= funny moments. And the music rocks. But those are only specific aspects of a movie that has just about everything else right about it as well.

See it, enjoy it, think about it, see it again. Think about it some more. Forrest Gump is one of the greatest movies -- if not THE greatest -- ever made.

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