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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, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

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Harold G. Herthum ...
Doctor (as Harold Herthum)
George Kelly ...
Barber
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Crony
John Randall ...
Crony
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Louise
Ione M. Telech ...
Elderly Woman
Christine Seabrook ...
Elderly Woman's Daughter
John Worsham ...
Southern Gentleman / Landowner
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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

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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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6 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Forrest Gump: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,450,602, 10 July 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$330,252,182

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$677,945,399
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When this film became wildly successful, talk of a sequel naturally arose. However, at the time, Tom Hanks adamantly refused to work in any sequel (and making the sequel with another actor was not a consideration). Although Hanks has since reconsidered his stance on sequels/prequels (Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), Angels & Demons (2009)), a sequel remained in "development hell" for years. As of 2010, Gump & Co. is in development. See more »

Goofs

The original tropical jackets in Vietnam era had a much smaller collar length, more like a shirt collar measuring no more than 3.5 inch, while the jackets appeared in the movie were sewn with a much longer collar. See more »

Quotes

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

Spoofed in Foreskin Gump (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Paramount Newsreel Music
(1930)
by Alessandro Cicognini, Sammy Fain, Jay Gorney, E.Y. Harburg, Elsie Janis, Irving Kahal and Jack King
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Quite possibly the best movie ever made.
1 December 2007 | by 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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