The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and other historical events unfold from the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

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Robert Zemeckis

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Winston Groom (novel), Eric Roth (screenplay)
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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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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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The world will never be the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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

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Attention to detail: When Gump calls to report the Watergate burglary, the security guard answering the phone says, "Security, Frank Wills." He was the actual guard on duty during that night, and he was the person who discovered the break-in, on Saturday, June 17th, 1972. See more »

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Forrest and mother live in Alabama but exterior elementary school steps scene was shot at 208 Bull St, Savannah, GA. Building has visible seal of state of Georgia and seal of city of Savannah. See more »

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[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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On The Road Again
Written and Performed by Willie Nelson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Let's see the world through the eyes of Forrest Gump
10 June 2002 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

"I've made about 20 films and 5 of them are pretty good"-Tom Hanks.

"Forrest Gump" is one of the best movies of all time, guaranteed. I really just love this movie and it has such a special place in my heart. The performances are just so unforgettable and never get out of your head. The characters, I mean the actors turned into them and that's what got to me. The lines are so memorable, touching, and sometimes hilarious.

We have Forrest Gump(Tom Hanks), not the sharpest tool in the box, his I.Q. is right below the average scores. But his mama(Sally Field) believes that her boy has the same opportunities as anyone else and lets Forrest know that there's nothing that could hold him back. As a boy he is put into braces for his legs since he has a crooked back and really doesn't have too many friends. When he gets on a school bus for his first day of school, NO ONE will let him sit next to them. This scene is so heart breaking until you hear a little angel's voice "You can sit here if you want". Jenny, Forrest's best friend and crush, she looks so incredibly innocent and you love her because her and Forrest are like pea's and carrots. But we find out that there is an extremely unfortunate side to her life, she has a father that's "always kissing and touching her and her sisters". Forrest just assumes that it's a father's love since he doesn't have a dad that could show him that it's wrong.

Forrest and Jenny together walk every day from school and when these kids start throwing rocks at Forrest calling him stupid, Jenny just tells Forrest "Run, Forrest! Run!". He miraculously breaks the braces off his legs and run like the wind blows. Forrest meets many celebrities from his life that just happened to be there: Elvis Presley visited his house before hitting it big, President Kennedy honored him with a all American football award, President Johnson who honored him with a medal of honor for his actions in Vietnam, President Nixon(in which Forrest happens to discover a problem in the Water Gate Hotel because some people seem to be flashing lights around), and John Lennon through a talk show to talk about his medal of honor.

Forrest meets some interesting people along the way too that are even better than these celebrities combined; Bubba his Vietnam war friend who dreams of owning a shrimp boat one day and was born with big gums. He is just so wonderful and charming and won't stop talking about shrimp. Luteniet Dan, a leader of Forrest's army in Vietnam who gets saved by Forrest during a huge attack and looses his legs as a result. Luteniet Dan was by far my favorite character, he has so much pride and wants to die in Vietnam due to his family history tradition of dying in every single American war. He and Forrest make quite a pair. And of course there's Jenny, a very tragic figure, she gets more mean as she grows up because she knows that Forrest loves her, in some ways you can't blame her really. She was obviously abused and I think she felt that Forrest was too good for her or that he couldn't really give her the love she wanted. Robin Wright, what a beautiful and wonderful actress.

This movie is incredible and should be seen by everyone. I am not kidding, "Forrest Gump" is a remarkable movie and inspires everyone. It's not just about someone stupid who happens to be in great places and historic events just because of being in the right place at the right time. This story is beautiful and will inspire everyone to go the distance and see the world like Forrest did and will never give up on their dreams.

10/10


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Release Date:

6 July 1994 (USA) See more »

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Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,450,602, 10 July 1994

Gross USA:

$330,455,270

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$678,226,133
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