The Plot … Created in 1994, Forrest Gump tells the story of a low-intelligence man’s life and his own recount of his experiences with some of the most important people and events in America Forrest tells his life’s story to people in a small town waiting at a bus stop He captured fame, fortune and glory, all the while trying to capture his one true love, Jenny
The Setting … The time frame is the late 1950s through the 1970s From life in Greenbow, Alabama, to fighting in Vietnam, protesting in Washington, D.C. to living on a boat, and then back to life in Alabama & a small-town bus stop … Forrest Gump has it all!
Characters & Personalities Forrest Gump Kind, low-IQ man, always loved Jenny & finds himself in some of life’s most influential events Jenny Curan Forrest’s childhood friend, she has a troubled childhood and wild adult life. She always cared for Forrest. Lt. Dan Taylor Forrest’s superior officer in military, Lt. Dan becomes crippled and eventually finds himself as Forrest’s life-long friend Pvt. Benjamin Buford 'Bubba' Blue Friend of Forrest’s in military – Bubba dies and Forrest carries through with his life-long dream of owning a shrimping boat Mrs. Gump Loving mother of Forrest, intelligent woman who would do anything for her son
Actors & Actresses Tom Hanks as “Forrest Gump” Big A League of Their Own Sleepless in Seattle Philadelphia Apollo 13 Toy Story Saving Private Ryan Cast Away The Green Mile The DaVinci Code Robin Wright Penn as “Jenny” The Princess Bride Message in a Bottle Unbreakable White Oleander Beowulf Gary Sinise as “Lt. Dan” The Grapes of Wrath Apollo 13 The Green Mile Reindeer Games The Big Bounce
Directors & Writers Director – Robert Zemeckis Tales from the Crypt What Lies Beneath Cast Away Writer – Winston Groom (novel) & Eric Roth (screenplay) Groom wrote “As Summers Die” Roth wrote “Ali”, “Munich”, and “The Good Shepherd”
Awards Won 6 Oscars 1. Best Actor in a Leading Role: Tom Hanks 2. Best Director: Robert Zemeckis 3. Best Visual Effects: Ken Ralston, George Murphy, Stephen Rosenbaum, Allen Hall 4. Best Film Editing: Arthur Schmidt 5. Best Picture: Wendy Finerman, Steve Starkey, Steve Tisch 6. Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Eric Roth
Critic Reviews Rolling Stone – “Forrest Gump is a movie heart-breaker of oddball wit and startling grace” Washington Post – “This is a captivating experience. Tom Hanks is superb” San Francisco Chronicle – “Forrest Gump is a picaresque fable about a pure, good- hearted Southerner with an IQ of 75, and what happens when he's thrust into a series of history-making situations.”
Trivia Bill Murray was considered for the role of Forrest John Travolta & Chevy Chase turned down the role of Forrest Gump Ice Cube turned down the role of Bubba Dave Chappelle turned down the role of Bubba, thinking the movie would bomb and has since admitted to deeply regretting it. The Vietnam scenes of Forrest Gump were shot on what is now the Ocean Creek Golf Course on Fripp Island, SC. # Gary Sinise's lower legs were wrapped in a special blue fabric that allowed them to be optically removed from the film by computer later Tom Hanks' younger brother Jim doubles for him in many of his mindless running sequences.
Memorable Quotes Forrest Gump –“Stupid is as stupid does” –“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” –“That’s all I have to say about that” “Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it.”