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Film Date :   July 6, 1994
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Forrest Gump

Forrest Gumpis a 1994 American epic comedy-drama romance film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom . The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis , starring Tom Hanks , Robin Wright and Gary Sinise . The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a naive and slow-witted native of Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century.

The film differs substantially from Winston Groom's novel on which it was based, including Gump's personality and several events that were depicted. Filming took place in late 1993, mainly in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Extensive visual effects were used to incorporate the protagonist into archived footage and to develop other scenes. A comprehensive soundtrack was featured in the film, using music intended to pinpoint specific time periods portrayed on screen. Its commercial release made it one of the top selling albums of all time, selling 4.42 million copies.

Released in the United States on July 6, 1994,Forrest Gumpwas well-received by critics and became a commercial success as the top grossing film in North America released that year. The film earned over $677 million worldwide during its theatrical run. The film garnered multiple awards and nominations, including Academy Awards , Golden Globe Awards , People's Choice Awards and Young Artist Awards , among others. Since the film's release, varying interpretations have been made of the film's protagonist and its political symbolism. In 1996, a themed restaurant opened based on the film, and has since expanded to multiple locations worldwide. The scene of Gump running across the country is often referred to when real life people attempt the feat.[citation needed]In 2011, the Library of Congress selectedForrest Gumpfor preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Forrest Gump ( Tom Hanks ) sits at a bus stop in Savannah, Georgia , telling his life story to strangers nearby. His tale starts with the childhood braces he wore on his legs. At Forrest's home, he meets a young Elvis Presley , teaching him a hip-swiveling dance. On his first day of school, Forrest meets a girl named Jenny ( Robin Wright ), with whom he immediately falls in love and whose life is followed parallel to his throughout the movie. Despite his below average intelligence quotient (IQ), his ability to run very fast gets him on the University of Alabama football team. He ultimately becomes an All-American and meets President John F. Kennedy . While attending college he witnesses George Wallace 's attempt to prevent integration at the school .

After graduation, Forrest enlists in the Army . He makes friends with Bubba ( Mykelti Williamson ), who convinces him to be his partner in the shrimping business when the Vietnam War is over. He also meets Jenny again, who is now part of the counterculture movement and working as a stripper . In 1967, he and Bubba are sent to Vietnam, and after several months of patrolling with the 9th Infantry Division , their platoon is ambushed. Forrest is shot in the buttocks but rescues many of the men in his unit, although Bubba is fatally wounded and dies. Lt. Dan Taylor ( Gary Sinise ), the platoon's commanding officer , is also seriously wounded and loses both legs. He is furious with Forrest for saving him, claiming that he would rather have died in battle than be left a cripple. For his actions, Forrest is awarded the Medal of Honor by President Lyndon B. Johnson . While in Washington, he becomes swept up in an anti-war rally where he makes a speech at the National Mall and again meets Jenny. They spend the evening walking around Washington, but when morning comes she leaves with her abusive boyfriend.

While in the hospital, Forrest discovers an aptitude for ping pong . He begins playing for the U.S. Army team, eventually competing against Chinese teams on a goodwill tour . He goes to the White House for a third time to meet President Richard Nixon who provides him a room at the Watergate hotel . While there, Forrest witnesses a burglary and calls maintenance, inadvertently exposing the Watergate scandal . He also goes on theDick Cavett Showin New York City and talks with John Lennon , presumably inspiring him to write the song " Imagine "[citation needed]. When leaving, he meets Lt. Dan, now an embittered drunk living on welfare. Lt. Dan is scornful of Forrest's plans to enter the shrimping business and jokingly promises to be Forrest's first mate if he ever does.

Forrest is honorably discharged, and uses money from an endorsement for ping pong paddles to buy a shrimping boat, fulfilling his wartime promise to Bubba. Lt. Dan keeps his earlier promise and joins him as first mate . They initially have little success, but after Hurricane Carmen hits the Gulf states, their boat is the only one to survive. Business now booms and Forrest buys an entire fleet of shrimping boats; the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company becomes a household name. He leaves the company in the hands of Lt. Dan, who invests a portion of their wealth in shares from Apple . As a result, Forrest makes a lot of money, donating much of this to the local Gospel Church, using some to build a hospital for the community fishermen, and giving Bubba's family a share of the profits. Lt. Dan, after having had an epiphany on the boat, forgives Forrest and thanks him for saving his life. Forrest returns home when his mother falls ill, and she dies soon afterward.

Jenny returns to visit Forrest, and he eventually proposes to her. She tells him that she does love him, although she declines his proposal. They sleep together and she leaves the next day. On a whim, Forrest elects to go for a run and simply decides not to stop. Over the next three years, two months, fourteen days and sixteen hours, he runs coast to coast across the country several times, gathering a small following. Realizing that he had been running to try to make sense of his feelings for Jenny and the deaths of his mother and Bubba[citation needed], he abruptly stops and returns home.

While finishing his story, Forrest reveals that he is waiting at the bus stop because Jenny has contacted him and asked him to visit her. Once they are reunited, he discovers they have a young son together, also named Forrest ( Haley Joel Osment ). Jenny tells him that she is suffering from an unknown virus. She proposes to him and he accepts. The three move back to Greenbow where they marry. At the wedding, Forrest sees Lt. Dan, now happily engaged to his wife and wearing prosthetic legs. Jenny later passes away, and Forrest visits her grave and tells her their son is doing well, is very smart, and loves ping pong. He then leaves a letter on her grave from Forrest Jr. While leaving Jenny's grave, Forrest sees a flock of birds fly overhead, symbolism of how when Forrest and Jenny were children she prayed to be turned into a bird so she could "fly far, far away." On his son's first day of school, Forrest Sr. sits with his son at the bus stop. As the bus picks Forrest Jr. up and drives away, Forrest Sr. sits on the same tree stump that his mother did, watching a feather float into the air.

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