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Forrest Gump [1994 film] (1994)

by Robert Zemeckis (Director), Eric Roth (Screenwriter), Robert Zemeckis (Director)

Other authors: Sally Field (Actor), Tom Hanks (Actor), Haley Joel Osment, Alan Silvestri (Composer), Gary Sinise (Actor)2 more, Mykelti Williamson (Actor), Robin Wright (Actor)

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The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he doesn't realize the significance of his actions. Forrest comes to embody a generation.… (more)
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Despite some low-key humour and the satirical approach to the whole plot, it’s basically quite a sad story. There are no villains, there isn’t even really a storyline as such, yet it’s a wonderful film. Tom Hanks is superb as Forrest, as is Michael Conner Humphreys who plays him as a child. It’s a celebration of an ordinary person who is not good-looking or intelligent, yet achieves beyond most people’s wildest dreams. The ending is bittersweet but overall encouraging.

Highly recommended to adults and older teenagers. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Dec 22, 2022 |
Hard not to see it as saccharine allegory but affecting nevertheless. ( )
  ubique_media_daemon | Jan 29, 2022 |
One of my all-time favorite movies, which I have seen countless times. The beautiful relationship between Forrest and Jenny, all the subtle humor, the clever placement of Forrest within so many monumental historic American events, the scenes on the park bench. I could go on and on about my love of this movie. ( )
  JHBailey | Nov 10, 2021 |
The young life of an idiot who can run fast.

It's mostly entertaining, but it's so very dumb. If the movie had just been about Forrest, it could have been pretty good. Instead it's a sort of aimless nostalgia-fest for baby boomers, bathed in disgustingly bad philosophy.

Concept: D
Story: D
Characters: A
Dialog: B
Pacing: B
Cinematography: C
Special effects/design: A
Acting: A
Music: D

Enjoyment: C plus

GPA: 2.5/4 ( )
  comfypants | Jan 28, 2016 |
Substance: See the internet and other reviews.
Style: Ditto. The interjection of Forrest Gump into actual historical video footage was technically superb. Tom Hanks portrays the just-under-normal-intelligence hero superbly.
Diatribe: (spoiler alert) I know we are supposed to feel sorry for Jenny and understand that she is "messed up" and that's why she keeps kicking Forrest in the head, psychologically, but I did not like the way she trampled on his feelings out of her own selfishness. Maybe she didn't want to burden Forrest with her problems, or maybe she just didn't want the dummy to be really involved in her life because that would interfere with her self-expression. The movie does not make this clear. However, to keep Forrest's child away from his father and only bring him back when she got terminally ill shows that she never, ever, really understood Forrest. Not at all.
Worth watching for the ping-pong exhibitions. ( )
  librisissimo | May 8, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Zemeckis, RobertDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roth, EricScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Zemeckis, RobertDirectormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Field, SallyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hanks, TomActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Osment, Haley Joelsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silvestri, AlanComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sinise, GaryActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williamson, MykeltiActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wright, RobinActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Forrest Gump: Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?
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Jenny Curran: His name's Forrest.
Forrest Gump: Like me.
Jenny Curran: I named him after his daddy.
Forrest Gump: He got a daddy named Forrest, too?
Jenny Curran: You're his daddy, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: I'm not a smart man... but I know what love is.
Jenny Curran: Run, Forrest! Run!
Forrest Gump: You could come home with me, to my house in Greenbow, Jenny. You and little Forrest. I'll take care of you if you're sick.
Jenny Curran: Will you marry me, Forrest?
Forrest Gump: [long pause] Okay.
Man: It was a bullet, wasn't it?
Forrest Gump: A bullet?
Man: That jumped up and bit you.
Forrest Gump: Oh, yes sir. Bit me right in the buttocks. They said it was a million dollar wound, but the army must keep that money 'cause I still haven't seen a nickel of that million dollars.
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The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he doesn't realize the significance of his actions. Forrest comes to embody a generation.

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