Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

4.7 75
Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise


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"Stupid is as stupid does," says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ, Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without…  See more details below


"Stupid is as stupid does," says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ, Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without trying, Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, meets Lyndon Johnson, speaks at an anti-war rally at the Washington Monument, hangs out with the Yippies, defeats the Chinese national team in table tennis, meets Richard Nixon, discovers the break-in at the Watergate, opens a profitable shrimping business, becomes an original investor in Apple Computers, and decides to run back and forth across the country for several years. Meanwhile, as the remarkable parade of his life goes by, Forrest never forgets Jenny (Robin Wright Penn), the girl he loved as a boy, who makes her own journey through the turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s that is far more troubled than the path Forrest happens upon. Featured alongside Tom Hanks are Sally Field as Forrest's mother; Gary Sinise as his commanding officer in Vietnam; Mykelti Williamson as his ill-fated Army buddy who is familiar with every recipe that involves shrimp; and the special effects artists whose digital magic place Forrest amidst a remarkable array of historical events and people.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A paean to the enduring values of faith, humility, and common decency, 1994's Forrest Gump remains a shining beacon that overlooks the sea of coarse, cynical, and violent movies currently proffered by Hollywood filmmakers. Tom Hanks won a much-deserved Academy Award for his portrayal of the eponymous protagonist, a dull-witted member of the baby-boom generation who overcomes adversity, survives war, enjoys success, and transforms the lives of all who come into contact with him. Robin Wright is unaccountably touching as the girl he loves; Gary Sinise offers a sharply limned portrayal as Forrest’s scornful army buddy; and Sally Field is memorable as his devoted, long-suffering mother. Director Robert Zemeckis won an Oscar for his inspired directing, which partially blunts the satirical edge of Winston Groom’s novel but creates an alternative reality that’s much more soothing to audiences. Digital technology -- innovative for 1994, when the movie was produced -- places Forrest at the scene of decisive historical and cultural events recorded on film over several decades, which lends a comforting air of inevitability to his personal odyssey. Uplifting, warm, and sweet without being saccharine, Forrest Gump celebrates the human spirit with a sureness few contemporary films have ever achieved. The two-disc DVD Special Edition offers a whopping two hours of supplemental features, including a behind-the-scenes documentary on the film’s production; separate featurettes demonstrating the creation of makeup, sound, and visual effects; and photo galleries, screen tests, and theatrical trailers. Additionally, Zemeckis, producers Steve Starkey and Wendy Finerman, and production designer Rick Carter provide commentaries to accompany the film itself.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Forrest Gump is the Baby Boom generation's tribute to itself, a panorama of American culture from the sleepy South of the 1950s to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. The film is a technical masterpiece, skillfully weaving together numerous cultural reference points, all without ever causing the audience to pause for thought. Director Robert Zemeckis and a team of top-notch special effects experts convincingly combined actors with archival footage so that Gump (Michael Conner Humphreys as a child and Tom Hanks as an adult) gets to interact with many famous personalities of the day. Of particular note are Gump's scenes at the University of Alabama, where Forrest meets then-governor George Wallace (via newsreel footage) and football coach Bear Bryant (actor Sonny Shroyer). Similarly outstanding are the sequences set in Vietnam and the later shrimpboat scenes with Gump's best friend (Gary Sinise), a legless war veteran. Forrest Gump won six Oscars, including Best Picture, over critical favorites Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption. An interesting sidelight to Hanks' Best Actor win is Jessica Lange's also set-in-Alabama Best Actress performance in Blue Sky in the same year. The wins, however, did not lead Hollywood to rush to set more films in the "Heart of Dixie" state.
Washington Post
Forrest Gump is as poignant as it is romantic, for it is not only a love story but a war story featuring fine supporting performances from Gary Sinise, as a bitter amputee who becomes Forrest's first mate on the shrimp boat, and Mykelti Williamson, as the hero's equally guileless war buddy whom Forrest rescues during an ambush by the Viet Cong. Rita Kempley
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
What a magical movie.

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Forrest Gump
Robin Wright Jenny Curran
Gary Sinise Lt. Dan Taylor
Mykelti Williamson Bubba Blue
Sally Field Mrs. Gump
Michael Conner Humphreys Young Forrest
Hanna R. Hall Young Jenny Curran
Ellen Lewis Actor
Harold G. Herthum Doctor
George Kelly Barber
Bob Penny Cronie
Sam Anderson Principal Hancock
Peter Dobson Young Elvis Presley
Siobhan Fallon School Bus Driver
Jason McGuire Fat Teen
Sonny Shroyer College Football Coach
Brett Rice High School Football Coach
David Brisbin Newscaster
Al Harrington Local Anchor #1
Gary Robinson Bus Recruit
Afemo Omilami Drill Sergeant
Mike Jolly Club Patron
John Voldstad Club Patron
Jeff Winner Club Patron
Byron Minns Wounded Soldier
Stephen Wesley Bridgewater Hospital Officer
John Galt President Johnson
Kevin Davis Black Panther
Geoffrey Blake Wesley
Paul Raczkowski Man in VW Bug
Valentino Chinese Ping Pong Player
Dick Cavett Himself
Joe Alaskey Richard M. Nixon
Peter Bannon Local Correspondent #2
Joe Washington Local Anchor #2
Nora Dunfee Elderly Southern Woman
Hallie D'Amore Waitress in Cafe
Charles Boswell Aging Hippie
Mary Ellen Trainor Jenny's Babysitter
Don Fischer Army Recruiter
Michael Burgess Cleveland
Haley Joel Osment Forrest Junior
Aaron Michael Lacey Lt. Venetti

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Rick Carter Production Designer
Judith A. Cory Makeup
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
James C. Feng Set Decoration/Design
Wendy Finerman Producer
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Tom Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Erin Kemp Set Decoration/Design
Elizabeth Lapp Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Lewis Casting
Leslie McDonald Art Director
Bruce G. Moriarty Asst. Director
Charles James Newirth Co-producer,Production Designer
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Ken Ralston Special Effects
Eric Roth Screenwriter
Dennis S. Sands Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Steve Starkey Asst. Director,Producer
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Jim Teegarden Art Director
Steve Tisch Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Forrest Gump
1. I'm Forest...Forest Gump [:15]
2. Mama [2:38]
3. Like Peas and Carrots [1:48]
4. Run Forest Run! [:48]
5. Private Gump [:43]
6. Lieutenant Dan [:26]
7. My Best Good Friend [2:16]
8. Wounded In the Buttocks [:40]
9. You're My Girl [2:43]
10. National Celebrity [5:27]
11. Happy New Year [2:04]
12. Shrimp Boat Captain [5:26]
13. Bubba Gump [1:44]
14. Mama's Trip To Heaven [2:02]
15. Jenny Comes Home [:31]
16. A Little Run [:11]
17. Forrest Meets Forrest [1:21]
18. Beloved Mother, Wife and Friend [6:51]
19. Credits [2:08]


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Forrest Gump 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
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Love the movie and soundtrack; love Tom Hanks. In my humble opinion this is one of the best movies ever made.
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How this movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture over Pulp Fiction and Quiz Show will be as great a mystery as Stonehenge or the Bermuda Triangle. Sure it is cute and the scenes with famous people are cool (though denatured on television) but essentially this is like listening to one piano note played over and over for nearly four hours (much like Rainman). Fortunately we are spared from learning a valuable lesson about the mentally challenged and instead are treated to little vignettes where the insipid but well-meaning Forrest globehops from incident to incident either screwing them up or gaining advantage. As frightening as Triumph of the Will, this film should serve as a warning of what is going to happen to us if we embrace the stupid. This is already occuring at an astonishing pace judicially. Well, you were warned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have wacthed the movie a few times becouse it always keeped me interested and in my seat ready to wacth it agian even though it is a four hour movie. But then I had to read the book, I thought it was going to basically be the same thing. But when I started to read the the book it was a different thing. I have read some other reviews about the movie and I don't agree with the runner's opion on the movie becouse I thought the movie was well worth the wascth for it being so long you dont even notice how fast he time goes buy. It is not a big mystery on how they won all those awards. They had very good actors and actress. there scenes were done very well. I thought this movie was worth only four stars becouse the book was better and if you want to understand it better the movie you should read the book, you'll learn more about the characters and the ones that arent even in the movie. The movie was a very good wacth and I would recommened it to any one who want's almost every thing in one movie. Like action, love, drama and so on.
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I have read the book and wacthed the movie. I think they are both very well done projects. A book very well done, was made and written so good that I just keeped on reading it. The movie was very well to, Its a very enjoyble wacth for basically anyone. But they did have many differences. For example forrest played high school football as well as colledge. He did become a allstar and did meet the president of the United States of America. But in the book he meet the president several times. He even sat down and wathed the old tube and ate breakfest with the highest rank man in the world. He met Jenny of course in both of them but in the book he played the harmonica in a couple of hippie bands. One of them were called the cracked eggs. In the book he was a astronout, he wasn't in the move. In the book he got stuck on a crazy island with some cannibals. But he ended up surviveing it with a new friend a monkey. I would reccomened both of these to anyone who thinks they know it all about the old box of chocolates.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Horrible movie bringing to the screen some of the worst ideals and morals of the 1990s as objects of praise. The theme of the movie is that achievements due to fool's luck and sheer coincidence are just as praiseworthy, if not more so, than accomplishments due to intelligence, competence, and effort. Altogether a very poor message about what standards of excellence should be in society. Just as with the film itself, appearance is more important than substance; indicating only how, out of pity, we choose to lower our standards of achievement to make those who are inept feel proud of themselves.
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For those of us who lived in those times, it was all very real--but NOT. A delightfully funny twist on past events. A 'roast' so to speak of the happenings of the time. Hey, you've got to laugh or cry--I choose to laugh and this movie helped me to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Forrest Gump. It really shows something. Anyone can do anything. If you haven't seen this movie, you haven't seen nothin'! It's about a handicapped man who does amazing things. It's a classic.
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forrest gump has got to be one of the best movie's of all time! it says it for itself. just watch the movie, and you too, will be moved. it's both funny and very emotional(especially when jenny dies and forrest's mommy). my fav. part is when forrest talks with forrest jr. at the bus stop. haley joel osment and tom hanks are so cute for their roles. tom hanks was BORN to play as Forrest Gump!
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Imagine you are the most dull-witted individual on the planet and grace every major historical event in history. Then I guess you are Forrest Gump. This movie is as charming and heartwarming as the first time you watched it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie, its show the rewards (in though the were a little big) of just keep your, he never let any one down and always did the right thing, and he was the most inosent person
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A film that expresses faith, and courage brought a heartwarming movie to the american people. Tom Hanks earned a well deserved Academy Award in this film about a man whos struggles with humility and the absence of being normal growing up in Alabama. Along the way Forrest Gump meets his match when he befriends a girl named Jenny(Robin Wright). When forrest becomes older he goes on to play football for Alabama. After forrest eventually joins the army and goes to vietnam along side Lt. Dan Taylor (Gary Sinise). Forrest Gump is a must see movie. Tom Hanks gives an outstanding performance in one of the most talked about movies. Although it does contain some content so i wouldnt let young children watch it. Director Robert Zemickis gives one of the best movies out there for everyone to see. The DVD is something everyone should own or have. The two disk DVD offers deleted scenes and bonus features.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie might as well be a big history book. Plus the war/army seens are just so awesome.
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This is a movie I could watch over and over. My parents liked it , my brothers liked it , and I liked it too. I rented it a couple of times on VHS. I bought a couple of movies on DVD for Christmas this year and guess which one of them it was That's Right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was this movie and it was the Paramount 2 disc(s) special collector's edition DVD!!!!!! I"LL Never Be Sorry For Buying It!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This could be the best movie of all time. We all know it's way better than Citizen Kane. Remember two things from the film. 1. LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATE, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GONNA GET. 2. MIRACLES "DO" HAPPEN EVERYDAY.