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.

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

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The world will never be the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump. 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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When Forrest gets up to talk at the Vietnam rally in Washington, the microphone plug is pulled and you cannot hear him. According to Tom Hanks, "Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don't go home at all. That's a bad thing. That's all I have to say about that." See more »

Goofs

Forrest is standing in Jenny's foyer upon entry to her apartment. While they are talking it's possible to see in the background there is an ironing board with the iron laying flat, as if it had been knocked over. While screen shot quickly focuses on the son watching television then quickly back to Forrest and Jenny, the iron has been stood up correctly. Forrest and Jenny had not moved. 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

What the World Needs Now is Love
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Jackie DeShannon (as Jackie De Shannon)
Courtesy of EMI Records USA, a division of ERG
under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Purity and innocence retained
31 May 2004 | by kenheSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$678,226,133
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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