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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 he said, "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."
When the studio imposed budget cuts, both director Robert Zemeckis and star Tom Hanks waived a large part of their fee in exchange for percentage points, which ultimately netted Hanks in the region of $40 million.
When Forrest first learns to play ping-pong in the infirmary, he is told the trick is to "keep his eye on the ball at all times" by another soldier. After that moment, whenever he is shown playing ping-pong, he never blinks.
The line, "My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump," was ad libbed by Tom Hanks while filming the scene, and director Robert Zemeckis liked it so much that he decided to keep it in.
With every transition of Forrest's age, one thing remains the same. In the first scene of each transition, he wears a blue plaid shirt.
Tom Hanks signed onto this film after an hour and a half of reading the script, but agreed to take the role only on the condition that the film was historically accurate. He initially wanted to ease Forrest's pronounced Southern accent, but was eventually persuaded by Robert Zemeckis to portray the heavy accent stressed in the novel, and he patterned his accent after Michael Conner Humphreys (young Forrest), who actually spoke that way. The crew and especially studio head Sherry Lansing initially had serious doubts about Hanks' goofy accent, but Zemeckis stuck to his guns.
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The necklace worn by Lieutenant Dan is a rosary with a Saint Christopher medal, inscribed "Protect Us In Combat." It was worn in Vietnam by Gary Sinise's brother-in-law, Jack Treese, in 1967-68.
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Prior to filming, Paramount Studio had cut the original budget by about $10 million, and were trying to force director Robert Zemeckis to cut out scenes they felt were unnecessary, like the shrimp boat or the Vietnam scenes. Zemeckis fought the studio hard to keep those scenes, and Paramount executive Michelle Manning was even sent to the set to supervise filming, and make sure the movie stayed within budget. Zemeckis eventually gave up part of his and Tom Hanks' salary to keep most of the scenes, and eventually agreed to cut out Forrest's running sequence. However, Zemeckis then simply ignored the studio's wishes, even receiving support from Manning. The running scenes were shot in secrecy without the studio's knowledge, and Tom Hanks' younger brother, Jim Hanks, doubled for him in many of them. According to Jim, "Tom had other doubles but they couldn't do the run", referring to Forrest's geeky stiff stride "that's a stupid Hanks thing." The studio eventually found out, but when they saw the raw footage, they relented. Only the scene at Monument Valley was still missing because the money had run out, and since the studio refused to pay for it, Hanks and Zemeckis did it themselves.
During the ping-pong matches, there was no ball; it was entirely CGI, animated to meet the actors' paddles.
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The running scene was inspired by an actual event. In 1982, Louis Michael Figueroa, aged 16, ran from New Jersey to San Francisco for the American Cancer Society, unknowingly inspiring a line for Forrest Gump's famous run on the silver screen. "I just put one foot in front of the other," it goes. "When I get tired, I sleep. When I get hungry, I eat. When I have to go to the bathroom, I go."
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The actor who plays the reporter on the scene when Tom Hanks visits Washington, D.C. after his tour in Vietnam was, himself, an actual tourist from Atlanta, Georgia. He happened to be on Capitol Hill that day with his wife, and he was asked to read.
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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.
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Selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry in December 2011 as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
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Kurt Russell did the voice of Elvis Presley
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Gary Sinise's lower legs were wrapped in a special blue fabric that allowed them to be digitally removed later by Industrial Light & Magic. To strengthen the illusion that Lt. Dan is a real amputee, the makers often had Sinise move his legs around, and digitally inserted objects (like tables and walls) in places where his lower legs would have otherwise hit them.
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The park bench that Tom Hanks sat on for much of the movie was located in historic Savannah, Georgia, at Chippewa Square. The fiberglass bench he sat on, since then, has been removed and placed into a museum to avoid being destroyed by bad weather, or possibly stolen. The church where the feather first falls was about 100 yards just down the street from the bench. To this day, the bench is held in the Savannah History Museum, Savannah, Georgia.
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All of the boat scenes, including the hurricane scene, were shot on location in the waters off the coast of South Carolina. A jet engine was used to generate the hurricane winds. The still/news reel shots of the trawlers on land are news shots of the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo in South Carolina 1989.
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Bill Murray, John Travolta, and Chevy Chase turned down the role of Forrest Gump. Travolta later admitted that passing on the role was a mistake. Bill Paxton was one of Robert Zemeckis' initial first choices for the titular role, but the studio demanded somebody with more star power. The novel's author, Winston Groom, had always envisioned John Goodman as Gump, who is a 300 lbs man in the novel.
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Greenbow, Alabama (Forrest's hometown) is fictional. Bayou LaBatre, Alabama (Bubba's hometown), however, is real.
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Robin Wright was sick with a cold while shooting the nightclub scene. In spite of this, she was still able to perform her own singing during a non-stop twenty-four hour shoot in which she was nearly nude, except for her guitar covering her.
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The scene where Forrest spots Jenny at a peace rally at the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., required visual effects to create the large crowd of people. Over two days of filming, approximately 1,500 extras were used. At each successive take, the extras were rearranged and moved into a different quadrant away from the camera. With the help of computers, the extras were multiplied to create a crowd of several hundred thousand people.
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Inspired by Lieutenant Dan Taylor, the military veteran character he played in this movie, Gary Sinise co-founded a rock and roll cover band during the mid-2000s called "The Lt. Dan Band." The band often goes on U.S.O. tours to play for U.S. military personnel stationed around the world, and also plays various benefits for veteran-related causes. Sinise was awarded the Presidential Citizen Medal in 2008 for his charity efforts.
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The movie's line, "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." was voted as the #40 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
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During the ambush in Vietnam the enemy is never actually seen. This led many combat veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, to rate this as one of the most accurate combat scenes in movie history. It was very sudden, the enemy isn't seen, and it happens very quickly.
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Forrest Gump's Medal of Honor ceremony uses the footage of the actual ceremony for Sammy L. Davis, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 19, 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson for his actions in Vietnam a year earlier. Tom Hanks' head was superimposed on Davis' body.
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Magician Ricky Jay designed a special wheelchair for Gary Sinise that used an illusion to hide his legs, which were on a hidden platform underneath. The contortion required to sit in it meant that Sinise could only be in it for about ten minutes at a time.
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Every still picture of Forrest during this film shows Tom Hanks with his eyes closed.
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David Alan Grier, Ice Cube, and Dave Chappelle turned down the role of Bubba. Cube refused to play an idiot and Chappelle thought the movie would bomb. Chappelle had since admitted to deeply regretting not taking the role, and would eventually go on to play Tom Hanks' best friend in a different movie, You've Got Mail (1998).
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When the studio imposed significant budget cuts, Robert Zemeckis decided to leave out several planned effects shots. One shot in particular involved Forrest running into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his supporters. Forrest distracts several dogs trying to attack King and his supporters by playing fetch with them and rendering them harmless to King and himself as well as his supporters.
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Producer Wendy Finerman and studio executive Kevin Jones had independently read the book and felt that it had potential, so they teamed up to get the movie produced by Warner Bros, who had optioned it. However, Warner felt that the project had lost its commercial promise in the wake of Rain Man (1988), so Finerman had 18 months to get the film made at another studio. Paramount eventually got the rights to this film in 1988 in exchange for the rights to Executive Decision (1996), and was eager to make it after Tom Hanks got on board. But just when the film was about to start production, there was a regime change at the studio. Fortunately, new head of Paramount Sherry Lansing also loved Eric Roth's screenplay, although they eventually lowered the initial $55 million budget by $10 million.
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Many of the extras in the hippie scene were actors from the Maryland Renaissance Festival, since the casting director, Ellen Lewis, realized that would be a good source of performers with long hair.
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Due to the success of Lieutenant Dan's character, Gary Sinise has formed a foundation for injured war veterans, which raises up to $30 million per year, and has 12 private jets which they use to fly these veterans, plus many sick children, to various locations around the world.
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Forrest and Dan's Shrimp Emporium, "Bubba Gump," is now a themed restaurant in 33 locations around the world.
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The fastest grossing Paramount film to pass the $100 million, $150 million, and $200 million marks (as of February 2008).
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One of three movies - the other two being Apollo 13 (1995) and The Green Mile (1999) - in which Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise appear together. All three movies were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, but only Forrest Gump won in the category.
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Robert Zemeckis used the paintings of Norman Rockwell as the design inspiration for the town of Greenbow, Alabama. The scene where Forrest sits in the hallway of his school while his mother talks to the principal is a direct re-creation of Rockwell's painting "Girl with a Black Eye".
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The Dr. Pepper scene was shot a total of seven times. Each time Tom gave forth louder to loudest and unusually loud burps, to which Robert Zemeckis comments to Tom Hanks, and Hanks responds with, "Bob, just be glad they aren't coming out the other end."
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Robert Zemeckis asked actor Jeffrey Winner to toss his drink at Robin Wright's leg instead of her face while shooting the nightclub scene so they wouldn't have to redo her make-up between takes.
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When Forrest is pushing Lieutenant Dan in his wheelchair across the street in New York City, the song playing in the background is "Everybody's Talking" by Harry Nilsson, and Lieutenant Dan exclaims to a cab driver, "I'm walking here, I'm walking here!" This is an obvious homage to a scene in Midnight Cowboy (1969) with the same line and music.
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Despite playing his mother, Sally Field is only ten years older than Tom Hanks.
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Jodie Foster, Nicole Kidman, and Demi Moore turned down the role of Jenny Curran.
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Following the success of the movie, Winston Groom wrote a sequel novel, 'Gump & Co.' (1995), which referenced the movie as if it had been released in Forrest's world (he mentions that the movie was an inaccurate telling of his life - and brought him unwanted press attention). Forrest also meets Tom Hanks in the novel.
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Next to Jenny's bed, there is a card with a yellow smiley face. Forrest had earlier been responsible for the smiley face idea.
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In the movie there are four actors/actresses who play multiple roles. Gary Sinise plays Lieutenant Dan as well as all of his ancestors. Mykelti Williamson plays Benjamin Beaufort "Bubba" Blue, as well as the waiter opening Dr. Pepper bottles when Forrest meets JFK as an All-American. Sally Field plays Forrest's mom, as well as a male reporter during Forrest's run across America. Tom Hanks plays both Forrest and his Confederate ancestor.
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When he appeared on Inside The Actors Studio, Tom Hanks was persuaded by host James Lipton, to say the line "Life is like a box of chocolates.....". Hanks then said that that was the equivalent of getting Robert De Niro to say the "Are you talking to me... " lines from Taxi Driver (which De Niro refused to do when he was the guest) as Hanks revealed he never says those lines for anyone, no matter who asks.
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Tupac Shakur auditioned for the role of Bubba.
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When this film became wildly successful, talk of a sequel naturally arose, especially when Winston Groom wrote a sequel novel called 'Gump & Co'. However, at the time, Tom Hanks adamantly refused to work in any sequel (and making the sequel with another actor was not a consideration). After Hanks reconsidered his stance on sequels/prequels (Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), Angels & Demons (2009)), the original screenwriter Eric Roth attempted to adapt 'Gump & Co.' in 2001. However, the 9/11 attacks changed the world to the extent that it made the film irrelevant. Despite several attempts to revive the project and the absence of a formal cancellation, the sequel has remained in "development hell" since, and is unlikely to be made.
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On the day that Tom Hanks shot the football running scenes he had been suffering from influenza.
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Forrest's awards and decorations, as worn in his Class A uniform are: the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Infantry Shoulder Cord, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Badge (probably for rifle), and Meritorious Unit Commendation.
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It took only 66 days for the film to pass the $250 million mark at the box office.
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Robert Zemeckis had selected many popular songs from the depicted time periods for the soundtrack, but was told that securing the rights to these would be too expensive. He left them in the temporary soundtrack anyway, and when the finished film was screened for the studio, they loved it so much that they paid to keep the songs in. The Doors have more songs in the movie than any other band with a total of six. These are: "Soul Kitchen" (in one of the Vietnam scenes), "Hello, I Love You" (first song in Gump's first ping pong sequence), "People Are Strange" (second song in Gump's first ping pong sequence), "Break On Through" (third song in Gump's first ping pong sequence), "Peace Frog" (during a New York City scene with Lieutenant Dan) and "Love Her Madly" (when Jenny is leaving her abusive boy friend). The movie's soundtrack later became one of the best selling ever.
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It was originally scripted and shot that young Jenny kills her father by releasing the tractor handbrake so it runs him down in the corn field. This element was removed as the filmmakers decided audiences wouldn't forgive Jenny for such a violent act, no matter how evil her father was. The deleted scene can be seen on the 25th anniversary blu-ray.
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When Jenny is throwing her shoes and stones at the house where she grew up, she suddenly collapses onto the ground in front of the house. The image of Jenny on the ground is almost identical to that captured in the famous Andrew Wyeth painting, Christina's World.
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Jenny's last name, Curran, is never spoken in the film, although it appears in print on her postal deliveries.
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Forrest's college football uniform is always spotless, due to the fact that no-one is fast enough to catch him.
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The traffic flow around squares in Savannah is normally counterclockwise. The flow was reversed for the movie in order to have the bus doors open into the square.
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Chippewa Square, the setting for the famous bench scene, does not actually have any benches on the outside of the square that faces the street, only inside the square. The bench was placed there for that scene only by the production team.
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Apart from a fixed fee of $350,000, author Winston Groom made a deal for a three percent share in the film's net profits. However, he never received money from this source. Even though the film turned in more than $350 million in revenue, the studio employed creative accounting by claiming that the movie had actually lost money after correcting for the costs of production and advertising. Groom tried to sue the studio for money, but to appease him, they settled by buying the rights to his sequel novel 'Gump & Co' for a seven-figure sum, as well as a percentage of the box office from the adaptation. Unfortunately for Groom, a sequel never materialized before his death in 2020.
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Gary Sinise's character tells Tom Hanks's character that the day Forrest works on a shrimp boat is the day he'd be an astronaut. This is a reference to the book, where Forrest actually becomes an astronaut, and the following year, Sinise and Hanks appeared together as astronauts in Apollo 13 (1995).
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To create the effect of Forrest carrying Bubba away from a napalm attack, stunt actors were initially used for compositing purposes. Then, Tom Hanks and Mykelti Williamson were filmed, with Williamson supported by a cable wire as Hanks ran with him. The explosion was then filmed, and the actors were digitally added to appear just in front of the explosions. The jet fighters and napalm canisters were also added by CGI.
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The film was re-released in IMAX in September 2014 in honor of its 20th anniversary.
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Haley Joel Osment was cast in the film after the casting director had noticed him in a Pizza Hut commercial.
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Haley Joel Osment makes his film debut in this movie as Forrest, Jr.
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Despite earning over $350 million at the box office, Paramount claimed that they were still $62 million out of profit due to the costs of promotion, distribution and interest.
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In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #76 Greatest Movie of All Time.
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Mykelti Williamson claimed that after this film, he was primarily offered roles as a comedic black character in films, only to be rejected because his lips weren't big enough.
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Alan Silvestri composed the score for both Forrest Gump (1994) and the Back to the Future trilogy. The Forrest Gump theme is a variation of the melody playing in the beginning of Back to the Future Part III (1990), when Marty and Doc are sleeping in Doc's living room.
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It is Robert Zemeckis' highest-grossing film to date.
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Contrary to popular belief, the feather was not entirely CGI. The effects team digitized film of a real feather blowing and twisting in front of a blue-screen. This was then edited into segments, which the computer could link and morph together, allowing the "virtual" feather to move however the filmmakers needed. Thus, there was a real feather, but its performance in the movie was computer-based. This is demonstrated in the DVD supplementals.
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In Punchline (1988), Sally Field played a love interest for Tom Hanks's character. In this film, she played his character's mother, which the casting department felt would be a great joke.
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Filming lasted four months.
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That was a real explosion used in the Vietnam scene when napalm is dropped. The scene was shot in a field in Beaufort, South Carolina when the owners of that land were planning on clearing it to build a golf course. Due to the setup, it needed to be done in one take, and much to his chagrin, director Robert Zemeckis happened to be in the bathroom when it was filmed.
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Among the elements deleted from the original draft of the screenplay was a more literal interpretation of characters' symbolism. Lt. Dan was to have a dark rain cloud hanging over his head, Jenny was to have angel's wings and Forrest would have an animated Curious George as a companion. Robert Zemeckis believes he was sent the screenplay because he had directed Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and knew how to combine live-action and animation. Knowing full well the headaches he went through on that film, Zemeckis agreed to direct the film on the condition that the above-mentioned elements were taken out of the film.
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The first person Forrest Gump speaks to in the film has similarities with Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. She is a working-class African American woman riding a public bus. She even mentions to Forrest that her "feet hurt", a statement widely believed to have been uttered by Ms. Parks when she refused give up her seat for a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery in December 1955. Her act of defiance and subsequent arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a movement that set in motion the fight for equality in the South led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Years later, Rosa Parks denied telling the bus driver she was tired or that her feet hurt declaring, "the only tired I was, was tired of giving in".
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Sonny Shroyer's character, credited as "football coach" was based on Legendary University of Alabama Head Coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant, who was coach of the Crimson Tide when Forrest would have played at Alabama.
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Terry Gilliam and Barry Sonnenfeld turned down the chance to direct the film. Sonnenfeld chose to direct Addams Family Values (1993) instead.
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The first Best Picture Oscar winner to also win Best Visual Effects.
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If Forrest "ran three years, two months, fourteen days and sixteen hours" and left his front porch early in the morning of Monday, July 5th, 1976 because he "felt like running", his entire transcontinental running marathon commenced on Monday, July 5th, 1976 at 7:00 AM EDT (approximately) in Greenbow, Alabama and terminated 1,171 days later (167 weeks and 2 days), on Wednesday, September 19th, 1979 at 8:00 PM MDT (approximately) in Monument Valley, Utah.
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The speech the Drill Sergeant gives inaudibly while Forrest narrates is "This is one very intelligent individual! You lock your scuzzy bodies up behind that private and do exactly what he does, and you will go far in this man's Army!"
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After Forrest joins the Army, a fellow recruit tosses him a Playboy magazine. The magazine wasn't an actual Playboy, but a prop created with actress Robin Wright posing in a red polka-dot bikini for the cover. The cover itself is a recreation of the July 1967 issue of Playboy but dated July 1966. The new cover was then attached to an October 1967 copy of Playboy. Pages were inserted with Robin Wright posing as Jenny. The text within says "Jenny, studying to be an entomologist, is on the university chess team and reigning champion. Jenny also teaches "Shag" classes, a favorite dance of the south." The caption next to her picture says "Sassy and sultry Jenny Curran, Shag instructor and promising entomologist, spends her free time sashaying through the verdant fields of Alabama." The prop sold at an auction in December 2020 for 3500 pounds (approximately 4800 US dollars).
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Forrest Gump is in the 9th Infantry Division, as is shown in the Vietnam scenes by the patch on his shoulder (the top is red and the bottom is blue on the color versions of the patch).
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Due to budget constraints, no scenes could be filmed in Vietnam. Fortunately, production designer Rick Carter found the small town of Beaufort, South Carolina which had all the locations that could pass for Alabama. He located a perfect oak tree lane which once had a house at the end, so Forrest's house was built there especially for production, and Jenny's house in a field. The battle scenes were shot on a field across Jenny's house, with over twenty palmetto trees planted to make it look like Vietnam.
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Director Trademark: Brick Joke. When the bus driver picks Forrest up for school the first time she has a cigarette in her mouth. Years later when she picks up Forrest Jr. she's chewing on a huge wad of gum.
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After his experience playing lieutenant Dan, Gary Sinise established a charity to help disabled veterans. To date he's raised over $280 million.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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'Weird Al' Yankovic released a parody version of the 1995 song "Lump", by former rock group The Presidents of the United States of America, called "Gump". The parody is a joking tribute to this film.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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The famous quote that Forrest uses about life being like a box of chocolates is not completely original to the film or the adapted novel. It was used slightly differently in the British film The Likely Lads (1976) where the term used was 'the chocolate box of life'. The sentence in the movie is based on the very first sentence in the novel: "Let me say this: bein' an idiot is no box of chocolates".
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Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, and Martin Lawrence were considered for the role of Bubba.
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The vintage microphones into which Forrest speaks while in Washington, D.C., and the sound rig of which the uniformed man pulls cables out, were all provided by Brandywine Electronics, LTD (now known as BEL.com), and are still on display in its offices in New Castle, Delaware.
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In the opening shot of the film, the feather floats down over Madison Square in Savannah, Georgia. It then floats up to the sky where there is a dissolve, barely visible, and then it sweeps down past the Protestant Church and then heads for Chippawa Square, about half a mile away from the first square (although we are left to believe it's the same square).
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This is the first of three movies that Tom Hanks and Gary Sinise have appeared in together, the others being Apollo 13 (1995) and The Green Mile (1999).
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Despite the fact that Pulp Fiction (1994) lost to this movie for Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards, Pulp Fiction (1994) writer/director Quentin Tarantino enjoyed Forrest Gump (1994), admiring it as a dark comedy and noting some similarities to his own film.
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Dave Chappelle declined the role of Bubba, which went to Mykelti Williamson. Chappelle and Williamson both went on to appear together in Con Air (1997).
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Harry Anderson was Robert Zemeckis' first choice for the title role, but was unavailable, due to his commitment to the CBS series, Dave's World (1993).
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Joe Pesci was considered for the role of Lieutenant Dan Taylor.
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When Forrest Gump says that Lieutenant Dan had a family member who died in every single American war, a soldier from his family is seen dying in the four major American wars: the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), the American Civil War (1861-1865), World War I (1914-1918), and World War II (1939-1945).
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Michael Conner Humphreys, who played the young Forrest, later joined the army, just like his character.
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Feature film debut of Hanna Hall as Young Jenny Curran.
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In a flashback Forrest has of Vietnam, the helicopter gunner/co-pilot resembles real-life U.S. Air Force General Robin Olds; down to the mustache.
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In Vietnam, Forrest was assigned to 4th Platoon (Lieutenant Dan welcomes him and Bubba), Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment (as seen in the wooden sign by the tent), 9th Infantry Division (shoulder patch).
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When Forrest and Jenny are walking through the camp in Washington DC there is a couple having sex in front of one of the tents behind them.
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In the scene where Forrest first meets his son, Jenny is flipping through a scrapbook and we momentarily see the cover "Gogo Dancer says Forrest Gump made me his Secret Lover." implying it was her that spoke to the National Enquirer as she did work in a strip club.
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The only film in which Tom Hanks won an acting Oscar for his performance in a film which won Best Picture.
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As of 2018, features Gary Sinise's only Oscar nominated performance.
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Robert Zemeckis initially did not want Forrest to be shown shooting his rifle during the Vietnam battle sequence. Having gone through boot camp training for the role, Hanks persuaded Zemeckis otherwise.
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Forrest Gump appears with Governor George Wallace. Gary Sinise (Lieutenant Dan) went on to play the Alabama governor in George Wallace (1997) and Path to War (2002).
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When Forrest is at boot camp, they train with the M14 service rifle but when they get to Vietnam they swap to the M16, similar to Full Metal Jacket.
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Lt. Dan's first rule to Forrest and Bubba was "Take good care of your feet." There is a bit of ironic foreshadowing here, as Lt. Dan would go on to lose his feet, along with his lower legs, and would appear in a wheelchair for a significant portion of the movie before having them replaced with "magic legs", as Forrest put it.
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By the color of their uniforms, the team that Alabama was playing against would've been the University of Tennessee.
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The question of how Gump can enlist into the Army with a 75 IQ, and physical disabilities, may be answered with a real-life military plan set during the Vietnam War. Then-Secretary of Defense Robert Macnamara created a program called Project 100,000 that lowered the requirements to enlist for certain men in order to beef up the manpower shortages in Vietnam. Such things as, low IQs, on the autistic spectrum, possessing hernias or hemorrhoids, being underweight or overweight, having worn leg or back braces, cannot speak English, and many, many others, were now allowed through the Project. The ultimate goal was to allow those with mental or physical disabilities to learn new trades and skills from service to transfer over to a civilian life and better their futures.

The Project failed horribly. Recruits that took part were noted as being mentally deficient to the point that some couldn't tell their left from their right. Many required a 'babysitter', another enlisted man to tend to them, tie their shoes, make their beds, and clean their uniforms. Those enlistees under the Project also couldn't remember instructions, or even write properly. They would easily panic under stress. There were a few whom couldn't even comprehend their country was at war.

Yet, the Project allowed them to pass through training and send them overseas. During the course of the Vietnam War, over 300,000 men were enlisted through the Project, the bulk of which went to the Army and most of the recruits overall were turned into riflemen. Of those that deployed, around 5,400 were killed-in-action in Vietnam, or nearly 10% of the total dead for Americans. Another 20,000 were wounded.

Those that took part in Project 100,000 were given nicknames; McNamara's Folly, or Mcnamara's Misfits, or even Mcnamara's Morons.
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Bruce Springsteen ripped the movie in his song "My Best Was Never Good Enough": "Now life's like a box of chocolates/You never know what you're gonna get/Stupid is as stupid does and all the rest of that shit."
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Forrest won't get rid of his worn out shoes that he's wearing at the bus stop because they're a gift from Jenny. But he keeps the laces fresh because Lieutenant Dan had told him, "take good care of your feet try not to do anything stupid."
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In the original novel, Forrest Gump would also have a wrestling career, be friends with an orangutan, and travel to the moon as an astronaut. Part of the deal of author Winston Groom selling the rights to the story was that he could write the first version of the screenplay, which contained most of those elements. Although there was potential, no one thought it was particularly good, and the screenplay was shelved for a while until producer Wendy Finerman, who had been working on The Postman (1997) with screenwriter Eric Roth and Tom Hanks, was released from that project by Kevin Costner. She brought Roth and Hanks on board for Forrest Gump, and suggested her friend Robert Zemeckis as director. Despite only having a rough story outline (which reigned in the more outrageous elements of the story), the studio was eager to proceed.
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During the Vietnam scenes Forrests helmet has writing on the side that reads "F(NMI)G" this stands for "Forrest (No Middle Initial) Gump"
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Steve Tisch is the only person to win an Oscar and a Super Bowl Championship. He won an Oscar for best picture as one of the three producers for Forest Gump and Super Bowl Championships as co-owner of the New York Giants for Super Bowls 42 and 46.
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Tom Hanks (Forrest) and Hannah R. Hall (Young Jenny) have the same birthdays on July 9.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Art Direction, and Best Makeup, and Best Visual Effects.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2002 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 top 100 America's Greatest Love Stories movies.
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Elvis was played by Peter Dobson, who previously appeared in L.A. Takedown (1989) as Chris Serhelis. In the remake, Heat (1995), his role was played by Val Kilmer, who played Elvis in True Romance (1993). Mykelti Williamson also appeared in Heat (1995).
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The movie was named as one of "The 20 Most Overrated Movies Of All Time" by Premiere.
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10 years in development, the project spent much of that time in development hell, and was tossed around between two studios.
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Trailer narrated by Hal Douglas.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2005 list of 250 movies nominated for AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores.
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This was one of two movies released in 1994 to have its main character named Forrest. The other was On Deadly Ground (1994).
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Sally Field and actor Sam Anderson had recurring roles in ER (1994).
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The second of three times (as of 2021) Tom Hanks plays the eponymous role. The first was Turner & Hooch (1989) and the third was Captain Phillips (2013).
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Using the standard OB/GYN formula (date patient's last menstrual cycle ended + 10 days - 3 months + 1 year), and assuming a conception date of July 4th/5th, 1976, Forrest Jr.'s due date is April 5, 1977, making him 5 years & 2 months old in June of 1982.
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During the football segment, Forrest is the only player on either team to have a spotless uniform. Because he's so fast that nobody can tackle him.
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The movie was premiered in July 6, 3 days before Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump in the movie) was about to get 38 years
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Larry King claimed that he interviewed Tom Hanks right before production began, and Hanks remarked to King if the movie was as good as the script it would be a classic hit.
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Jacqueline Lovell's debut.
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Cameo 

Elizabeth Hanks: the girl in the school bus with the red hair is Tom Hanks's daughter.
Alexander Zemeckis: The first boy in the school bus who refuses to let Forrest sit next to him is Robert Zemeckis' son.
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Director Cameo 

Robert Zemeckis: one of the guests at Forrest and Jenny's wedding.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The virus that claims Jenny's life is not specified in the film. Director Robert Zemeckis never revealed what her affliction was, stating that it was irrelevant, and that he didn't even tell Robin Wright. Jenny says in the movie that the doctors do not know what the virus is, and that they can do nothing about it. This information, combined with the time period in which she got sick (early 80s), coincided with the HIV epidemic, so many people assumed Jenny died of AIDS. However, in the sequel book "Gump & Co" the author mentions that Jenny dies from Hepatitis C, contracted as a former drug addict in the 70s. Hepatitis C was not isolated and named until 1989. It was often fatal until effective treatments were developed during the 2000s. The disease, in fact, had been around for an extremely long time, but bundled in with diagnoses of the single illness of hepatitis.
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Forrest never uses the word 'were', saying 'was' instead, apart from one scene where Jenny, on her deathbed, says she wishes she were with him on his adventures and Forrest replies "you were".
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From the start of the movie up until Jenny's death, Forrest always buttons his shirts all the way to the top. After Jenny's death, he is shown wearing his shirts with the top button unbuttoned.
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Tom Hanks revealed his favorite scene filmed: was when Lieutenant Dan got new (artificial) legs, as the scene was so powerful to him.
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Jenny's birthday (as indicated on her tombstone) was July 16, 1945. That is the same day of the Trinity test, the very first atomic bomb detonation.
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Forrest is one of the few characters not to swear or use foul language. He also doesn't smoke or drink alcohol, adding to his image as a wholesome character.
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When Forrest appears on the Dick Cavett Show with John Lennon, he talks about how the people of China don't own anything. Lennon replies, "No possessions?" Forrest then says, "The people of China don't go to church much either." Lennon says, "No religion too?" Dick Cavett responds, "Hard to imagine." All of this references John Lennon's biggest hit Imagine.
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