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Forrest Gump
Tom Hanks and Robin Wright




Overview -
The title character leads viewers through an accidental travelogue of American social history from the early 1960s through the present in this revisionist fable. Vietnam, desegregation, Watergate, and more are presented from the perspective of Tom Hanks's loveably slow-witted Forrest Gump as he finds himself embroiled in situations he can't quite comprehend. Hanks leads an excellent cast, featuring Robin Wright Penn as Jenny, Forrest's lifelong love; Gary Sinise as the irascible Lt. Dan, his Vietnam superior; Mykelti Williamson as Bubba, a shrimp-loving soldier; and Sally Fields as his devoted mother. Robert Zemeckis's emotional, heartwarming film garnered 13 Academy Award nominations and six wins, including Best Picture, Director, Actor--Tom Hanks, and Adapted Screenplay.

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Overview

The title character leads viewers through an accidental travelogue of American social history from the early 1960s through the present in this revisionist fable. Vietnam, desegregation, Watergate, and more are presented from the perspective of Tom Hanks's loveably slow-witted Forrest Gump as he finds himself embroiled in situations he can't quite comprehend. Hanks leads an excellent cast, featuring Robin Wright Penn as Jenny, Forrest's lifelong love; Gary Sinise as the irascible Lt. Dan, his Vietnam superior; Mykelti Williamson as Bubba, a shrimp-loving soldier; and Sally Fields as his devoted mother. Robert Zemeckis's emotional, heartwarming film garnered 13 Academy Award nominations and six wins, including Best Picture, Director, Actor--Tom Hanks, and Adapted Screenplay.

Awards:
1994 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1994 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1994 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1994 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Robert Zemeckis - Director
Tom Hanks
Robin Wright
Gary Sinise
Mykelti Williamson
Sally Field
Michael Connor Humphreys
Hanna R. Hall
Haley Joel Osment
Rebecca Williams
Steven Griffith

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 142
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 032429256911
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (drug content, some sensuality and war violence)
  • Release Date: June 1998

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Movies > Dramas

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Synopsis:
The magical story of Forrest Gump, a sweet-natured idiot savant from rural Alabama. As he goes down the road of life, mouthing pithy and quotable homilies, he encounters luminaries such as John Lennon, Elvis Presley and JFK. But all the while he can't forget one special girl from his childhood...

Notes:
Theatrical release: July 6, 1994. FORREST GUMP made more than $325 million at the domestic box office and more than $675 million worldwide. The famous, oft-quoted line said by Forrest Gump in the film: "Life is like a box of chocolates," is a total reworking of the original line in the novel which reads: "Let me say this: bein' an idiot is no box of chocolates." "To make Sinise appear to be a double amputee, the filmmakers relied on a combination of computer artistry, a trick wheelchair that hid Sinise's legs from the knees down and a limber actor... Sinise did suffer a minor leg injury while making 'Gump,' ironically during a scene in which Forrest (Tom Hanks) carries him out of the Vietnam jungle. 'My inner thigh kept bouncing on his shoulder. It was like taking a jackhammer to it,' says Sinise. 'I developed a huge contusion and couldn't bend my leg to get into the wheelchair.'" -- USA TODAY, July 7, 1994

Reviews:
"FORREST GUMP is a movie heartbreaker of oddball wit and startling grace..." - 07/14/1994 Rolling Stone, p.98-9


"...A strong sense of narrative coherence....Even more impressive is the use of special effects..." - 10/01/1994 Sight and Sound, p.41-2


"...An accomplished feat of cyber-cinema....Hanks's Forrest has an unerring sincerity and charm..." - 07/06/1994 New York Times, p.C9


"...There is magic in FORREST GUMP..." - 07/06/1994 Los Angeles Times, p.F1


"...A story rich in big laughs and quiet truths..." - 07/06/1994 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33


"FORREST GUMP is beautifully paced, with a surprising amount of time dedicated to the characters just drinking in their surroundings..." - 11/18/2009 A.V. Club

 

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