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Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 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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Top Rated Movies #13 | Won 6 Oscars. Another 39 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Williams ...
Michael Conner Humphreys ...
Harold G. Herthum ...
Doctor (as Harold Herthum)
George Kelly ...
John Randall ...
Ione M. Telech ...
Elderly Woman
Christine Seabrook ...
John Worsham ...
Southern Gentleman / Landowner
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, 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


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Forrest Gump: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,302,303 (UK) (11 November 1994)


$329,691,196 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is Robert Zemeckis' highest-grossing film to date. See more »


As Forrest's mother comes into the room with young Forrest and Elvis Presley, you can see Elvis playing the guitar. Elvis plays one or two more notes after the song stops. See more »


[first lines]
Forrest Gump: Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill/The Shins (2012) See more »


All Along The Watchtower
by Bob Dylan
Performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Courtesy of Elber B.N.
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User Reviews

Purity and innocence retained
31 May 2004 | by (Kiryat Arba Israel) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie easily a half a dozen times, and I find that the beauty of the film is how Forrest Gump not only shares his innocence and purity with others, including the audience, he also manages to retain that innocence and purity through some very difficult times. As a Viet Nam veteran, and a college graduate of the late Sixties, I could of course personally relate to the various periods that Forrest Gump endures. I would only mention that the skillful and seamless blending of music, action, and period costume was enthralling. And yet it was so perfectly understated that Forrest Gump's travels through thirty five years of the stormiest and most meaningful years of American history only became clearly defined for the viewer. Even more so than the well known chocolates quote as a metaphor for life, I felt that the remark that stupid is what you do is probably more workable for most of us.

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