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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Special Features

Disc 1: Commentary by Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Rick Carter; Commentary by Wendy Finerman; Musical Signposts to History HD; Disc 2: Grenbow Diary HD; The art of screenplay adaptation HD; Getting past impossible: Forrest Gump and the visual effects revolution; Little Forrest HD; An evening with Forrest Gump; The Magic of Makeup; Through the ears of Forrest Gump: Sound design; Building the world of Gump - Production design; Seeing is Believing - The visual effects of Forrest Gump; Screen tests

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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