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
In the narrative, Forrest went running across the United States for over three years, and later realizing why he went running, because of Jenny walking out on him while he was asleep, and the troubles of his past. This was based on the fact that people with autism can be known for absconding (running away). See more »
When Forrest quickly puts together his rifle faster than anyone else in the barracks, he says, "Done, Drill Sergeant," without his accent. See more »
Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?
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In the Cinemax version as of 2008, at the White House All-American football banquet, the African-American servant who opens Forrest's Dr. Pepper has his face cut out of the scene. Only his arm is shown. See more »
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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