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

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 story of a lifetime. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forrest Gump: The IMAX Experience See more »

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:

$678,151,134
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Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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DTS (The Digital Experience)| Dolby SR | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 says, "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

When Forrest stops running, there are no shadows in the overhead shots (overcast weather) but a clear shadow from his cap in the close-up of his face. See more »

Quotes

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

Two additional historical figure scenes which didn't make the final cut appear on the DVD version:
  • Gump plays Ping-Pong with George H. Bush and hits him in the crotch.
  • Jenny talks to Gump about the fact that she has just been accepted to a college. Gump sees a civil rights march, which he believes is a parade. Guard dogs advance towards Gump, but he is able to fend them off by throwing a stick, since he knew them when he was younger. He apologizes to Martin Luther King for interrupting the "parade," saying they're just dogs and don't know any better.
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Connections

Referenced in Histeria!: Hooray for Presidents (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Stoned Love
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by Frank E. Wilson and Kenny Thomas (as Yennik Samoht)
Performed by The Supremes
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
by arrangement with Polygram Special Markets
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Dropping My Keys
19 May 2016 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

I remember John Byner, the stand-up comic and impressionist of the 1970s talking about guys crying at movies, how it's not an acceptable behavior. He advised the men in his audience to drop their keys, do something that gets them to lean forward, wipe their faces, and get things under control.

I dropped my keys watching Forrest Gump. Lieutenant Dan comes over the hill at Forrest and Jenny's wedding, new legs, fiancé at his side, clean-cut and happy.

Forrest states the obvious, "Lieutenant Dan, you gawt le-eggs!"

And the water-works just started to flow.

I sit up straight and clear my throat. Got 'em (the keys, that is). My wife leans over and gives me a kiss. She says, "That's why I love you."

Other than a few historical fussinesses and plot slickeries, none of which are worth mentioning, this is as close to a perfect, emotionally-satisfying entertainment as I have ever seen.

I love this movie. I never tire of the simple story of the guy with the lowest IQ in the room being the smartest guy in the room. It's filled with a patriotic decency you can only find in The Wizard of Oz and To Kill a Mockingbird.

When Dorothy is aching for home and the Wizard can't deliver, I drop my keys. When Scout points to the man behind Jem's bedroom door and says, "Hey, Boo," the fob goes flying.

The next time I get out my copy to show to my 11th Grade US History kids, I'll start fingering my key chain.

I can't help it.


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