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Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Romance


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The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

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20 June 2005 | sundrymules
10
| The zen of Forrest Gump.
This is a powerful yet charming movie; fun for its special effects and profound in how it keeps you thinking long after it's over. Like others, I've seen this movie more than once. One comment I've never heard is that Forrest's simplicity is almost zen-like. I should read the novel to get the author's intention (I remember some people preferring the book and complaining that no one at the Academy Awards gave him any credit.) But rather than an implication that you should do what you're supposed to do and believe in God and you'll win in the end, I see it as zen-like, i.e., living in the moment and not having expectations or particular cravings (other than his loving Jenny.) So he ends up just stumbling into all the major historical events of the time. Granted, he achieves this only because he doesn't have the brains to think otherwise and actually have expectations, but so many of our problems are because we do have higher intellect and desires, which ironically makes us unhappy because we know what we are missing. We love our cats and dogs for the same simplicity and always being in the moment. There's a line in the movie wondering if everything is predestined or happens randomly or it's a combination of both. It is something to mull over for a long time.

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When this film became wildly successful, talk of a sequel naturally arose, especially when Winston Groom wrote a sequel novel called 'Gump & Co'. However, at the time, Tom Hanks adamantly refused to work in any sequel (and making the sequel with another actor was not a consideration). After Hanks reconsidered his stance on sequels/prequels (Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), Angels & Demons (2009)), the original screenwriter Eric Roth attempted to adapt 'Gump & Co.' in 2001. However, the 9/11 attacks changed the world to the extent that it made the film irrelevant. Despite several attempts to revive the project and the absence of a formal cancellation, the sequel has remained in "development hell" since, and is unlikely to be made.


Quotes

Forrest Gump: Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?


Goofs

Through most of the Vietnam scenes we see groves of palm trees that are not found in Asia. In the foreground shots we see the Sabal palmetto (a.k.a. the Cabbage Palm). Sabal is a genus of New World palms, exclusively. This distinctive palm thrives in its native range where the Vietnam parts of the film were actually shot - in South Carolina, which also bears this palm on their state flag. Background matte paintings or computer graphics may fill in related scenes accurately, but the Sabal palms we see betrays the movie's depicted location of Vietnam.


Alternate Versions

Two additional historical figure scenes which didn't make the final cut appear on the DVD version:

  • Gump plays Ping-Pong with George H. Bush and hits him in the crotch.
  • Jenny talks to Gump about the fact that she has just been accepted to a college. Gump sees a civil rights march, which he believes is a parade. Guard dogs advance towards Gump, but he is able to fend them off by throwing a stick, since he knew them when he was younger. He apologizes to Martin Luther King for interrupting the "parade," saying they're just dogs and don't know any better.


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Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree
(1973)
by
L. Russell Brown & Irwin Levine
Performed by Tony Orlando & Dawn (as Tony Orlando and Dawn)
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.

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