PG-13 | | Drama, Romance
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.
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.
Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?
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.
Two additional historical figure scenes which didn't make the final cut appear on the DVD version:
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