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Lt. Dan Taylor: Two standing orders in this platoon. One, take good care of your feet. Two, try not to do anything stupid, like getting yourself killed.
[Bubba and Forrest look at each other]
Forrest Gump: I sure hope I don't let him down.



[describing Vietnam]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I got to see a lot of countryside. We would take these real long walks. And we were always lookin' for this guy named Charlie.



[Forrest's unit walking along a dirt road in Vietnam following Lt. Dan]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] It wasn't always fun. Lieutenant Dan was always getting these funny feelings about a rock or a trail or the road, so he'd tell us to "get down, shut up!"
Lt. Dan Taylor: Get down! Shut up!
Forrest Gump: [voice over] So we did.



[describing the men in his platoon]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now, I don't know much about anything, but I think some of America's best young men served in this war. There was Dallas from Phoenix. Cleveland, he was from Detroit.
Cleveland: Hey, Tex. Hey Tex. Man, what the hell's going on?
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And Tex was...well, I don't remember where Tex come from.



Forrest Gump: [voice over] One day it started raining, and it didn't quit for four months. We've been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stinging rain...and big old fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. Shoot, it even rained at night.



[it's raining heavily on the men of the platoon as they sit in a camp, Bubba sits down next to Forrest leaning his back up against Forrest's back]
Bubba: Hey, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: Hey, Bubba.
Bubba: I'm gonna lean up against you, you just lean right back against me. This way we don't have to sleep with our heads in the mud. You know why we're a good partnership, Forrest? 'Cause we be watching out for one another, like brothers and stuff. Hey, Forrest, somethin' I been thinkin' about. I got a very important question to ask you. How would you like to go into the shrimpin' business with me?
Forrest Gump: Okay.
Bubba: Man, I tell you what. I got it all figured out, too. So many pounds of shrimp will pay off the boat. So many pounds for gas. We can just live right on the boat. We ain't got to pay no rent. I'll be the captain, we can just work it together. Split everything right down the middle. Man, I'm telling you, fifty-fifty. And, hey, Forrest, all the shrimp you can eat.
Forrest Gump: That's a fine idea.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Bubba did have a fine idea. I even wrote Jenny and told her all about it.



Forrest Gump: [voice over] This one day, we was out walking like always, and then, just like that, somebody turned off the rain, and the sun come out.



[while being ambushed]
Lt. Dan Taylor: Goddammit, Mac! Get that pig unfucked and get it in the treeline!
[talks into the radio]
Lt. Dan Taylor: [to his men] Pull back! Pull back!
Bubba: Forrest! Run! Run, Forrest!
Lt. Dan Taylor: Pull back!
Bubba: Forrest! Run! Run, Forrest! Run! Run!
Lt. Dan: Pull back, Gump! Run, goddamn it! Run!
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I ran and ran just like Jenny told me to. I ran so far and so fast that pretty soon I was all by myself, which was a bad thing.
Forrest Gump: Bubba!
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Bubba was my best good friend. I had to make sure he was okay.
[Forrest runs back into the jungle to look for Bubba. He can hear soldiers shouting to each other. He stops]
Forrest Gump: Bubba!
[he turns and sees wounded soldier has put up his hand]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And on my way back to find Bubba, well there was this boy laying on the ground.
Forrest Gump: Tex! Okay.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I couldn't let him lay there all alone and scared the way he was, so I grabbed him up and run him out of there. And every time I went back looking for Bubba, somebody else was saying, "Help me, Forrest, help me!"
[Forrest runs back towards the jungle and keeps encountering wounded soldiers from his platoon]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I started to get scared that I might never find Bubba.



[Forrest tries to pick up Lt. Dan, who tries to push Forrest away]
Lt. Dan Taylor: Goddamn it! What are you doing? You leave me here! Get away. Just leave me here! Get out! Oh God, I said leave me here, Goddamn it!
[Forrest pulls Lt. Dan over his shoulder and runs through the jungle]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Then it felt like something just jumped up and bit me.
Forrest Gump: Ah...something bit me!
[shouting and shooting into the jungle]
Lt. Dan Taylor: You dink son of a bitch! [to Forrest] I can't leave the platoon. I told you to leave me there, Gump. Forget about me. Get yourself out! Did you hear what I said? Gump, damn it, put me down. Get your ass out of here. I didn't ask you to pull me out of there, God damn you!
[Forrest drops Lt. Dan down at the bank, next to the other wounded soldiers]
Lt. Dan Taylor: [angrily] Where do you think you're going?
Forrest Gump: To get Bubba.
Lt. Dan Taylor: I got an air strike inbound right now. They're going to nape the whole area. Gump, you stay here, goddammit! That's an order!
[Forrest runs back through the jungle searching for Bubba]
Forrest Gump: I gotta find Bubba!



[Forrest finds Bubba who has been wounded, his chest has been blown open]
Bubba: I'm okay, Forrest. I'm okay.
Forrest Gump: Oh, Bubba, no!
Bubba: Naw, I'm gonna be all right.
Forrest Gump: Come on. Come on. Come here...
Bubba: I'm okay, Forrest. I'm Okay. I'm fine.
[Forrest carries Bubba to the bank of the river. Lt. Dan and the other wounded soldiers]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] If I'd have known this was going to be the last time me and Bubba was gonna talk, I'd of thought of something better to say.
Forrest Gump: Hey, Bubba.
Forrest Gump QuotesBubba: Hey, Forrest. Forrest, why did this happen?
Forrest Gump: You got shot.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Then Bubba said something I won't ever forget.
Bubba: I wanna go home.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain't somethin' you can find just around the corner. Bubba was gonna be a shrimpin' boat captain, but instead, he died right there by that river in Vietnam.
[back on the bus bench]
Forrest Gump: That's all I have to say about that.



[a man is sitting next Forrest on the Bus Bench now listening to his story]
Man at bus bench: It was a bullet, wasn't it?
Forrest Gump: A bullet?
Man at bus bench: That jumped up and bit you.
Forrest Gump: Oh Yes, sir. Bit me directly in the but-tocks. They said it was a million
dollar wound, but...the army must keep that money, 'cause I still ain't seen a nickel of
that million dollars. The only good thing about being wounded in the but-tocks...is the ice cream. They gave me all the ice cream I could eat. And guess what? A good friend of mine was in the bed right next door.
Forrest Gump Quotes[Forrest, lying on his stomach, is wheeled to his bed, his butt sticks up and is bandaged, Lt. Dan is lying on the bed next to Forrest's]
Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan, I got you some ice cream. Lieutenant Dan, ice cream.
[Lt. Dan, annoyed, takes the ice cream cone and drops it into his bed pan]
Male Nurse: It's time for your bath, Lieutenant.
[the male nurse picks up Lt. Dan, whose legs have been amputated]



[Forrest is watching "Gomer Pyle" on the TV]
Solider: Gump, how can you watch that stupid shit? Turn it off.



[Forrest is hit on the back of his head by a ping pong]
Soldier: Good catch, Gump. You know how to play this? Come on. Let me show you. Now the secret to this game is, no matter what happens, never, ever take your eye off the ball. [starts hitting the ping pong back and forth, Forrest keeps his eyes on the ball]
Soldier: Alright.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] For some reason, ping-pong came very natural to me.
Soldier: See? Any idiot can play.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] So I started playing it all the time. I played ping-pong even when I didn't have anyone to play ping-pong with. The hospital's people said it made me look like a duck in water, whatever that means. Even Lieutenant Dan would come and watch me play. I played ping-pong so much, I even played it in my sleep.



[Forrest lies in his bed asleep when suddenly Lt. Dan pulls Forrest to the floor, and holds Forrest down]
Lt. Dan Taylor: Now, you listen to me. We all have a destiny. Nothing just happens. It's all part of a plan! I should have died out there with my men, but now, I'm nothing but a goddamn cripple! A legless freak! Look! Look! Look at me! Do you see that? Do you know what it's like not to be able to use your legs?
Forrest Gump: Ye-yes, sir, I do.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Did you hear what I said? You cheated me! I had a destiny. I was supposed to die in the field with honor! That was my destiny, and you cheated me out of it! You understand what I'm saying, Gump? This wasn't supposed to happen. Not to me. I had a destiny. I was Lieutenant Dan Taylor.
Forrest Gump: Yo-you're still Lieutenant Dan.
[Lt. Dan sits up]
Lt. Dan Taylor: Look at me. What am I going to do now? What am I going to do now?



[TV news reel shows Forrest is being awarded the Medal of Honor by President Johnson]
President Lyndon B. Johnson: America owes you a debt of gratitude, son. I understand you were wounded. Where were you hit?
Forrest Gump: In the but-tocks, sir.
Forrest Gump Quotes President Lyndon B. Johnson: Well, that must be a sight.
[Whispering to Forrest]
President Lyndon B. Johnson: I'd like to see that.
[Forrest drops his pants, bends over and shows the bullet wound on his bare buttocks, President Johnson looks down, smiles and walks away shaking his head]
President Lyndon B. Johnson: Goddamn, son!



[Forrest is walking by the Lincoln Memorial and gets caught up in an anti-war rally led by activist Abbie Hoffman]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] There was this man giving a little talk. And for some reason, he was wearing an American flag for a shirt. And he liked to say the "F" Word. A lot. "F" This and "F" That. And every time he said the "F" Word, people, for some reason, well, they'd cheer.



[on the stage Abbie Hoffmann steps up to Forrest]
Abbie Hoffman: Tell us a little bit about the war, man.
Forrest Gump: The war in Vietnam?
[into the microphone]
Abbie Hoffman: The war in Viet-fucking-nam!
[audience cheers]



[after Forrest have given his speech about Vietnam war]
Abbie Hoffman: That's so right on, man. You said it all. What's your name, man?
Forrest Gump: My name is Forrest. Forrest Gump.
Abbie Hoffman: Forrest Gump.
Crowd: Gump!
Jenny Curran: [shouting] Forrest! Forrest!
Forrest Gump: Jenny!
[Forrest sees Jenny in the crowd and jumps into the crowd to run towards her. They both run through the water in the reflection pool. The crowd cheers once they embrace]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] It was the happiest moment of my life. Jenny and me were just like peas and carrots again. She showed me around and even introduced me to some of her new friends.
[Jenny has taken him to the Black Panther Headquarters]



[to Forrest at the Black Panther Headquarters]
Ruben: Shut that blind, man. And get your white ass away from that window. Don't you know we in war here?



[Forrest tackles Wesley, Jenny's boyfriend, when he has hit Jenny across the face]
Jenny Curran: Forrest! Stop it! Stop it!
Wesley: I shouldn't have brought you here. I should have known it was going to be some bullshit hassle!
Forrest Gump: He should not be hitting you, Jenny.
Jenny Curran: Come on, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your Black Panther party.
Jenny Curran: He doesn't mean it when he does things like this. He doesn't
Forrest Gump: I would never hurt you, Jenny.
Jenny Curran: I know you wouldn't, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: I wanted to be your boyfriend.
[they walk in silence]
Jenny Curran: That uniform is a trip, Forrest. You look handsome in it. You do.



Forrest Gump: [voice over] We walked around all night, Jenny and me, just talkin'. She told me about all the traveling she'd done and how she discovered ways to expand her mind and learn how to live in harmony, which must be out west somewhere, 'cause she made it all the way to California.



[Jenny is preparing to board a bus back to Berkeley]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] It was a very special night for the two of us. I didn't want it to end.
Forrest Gump: Wish you wouldn't go, Jenny.
Jenny Curran: I have to, Forrest.
Wesley: Jenny? Things got a little out of hand. It's just this war and that lying son of a bitch Johnson and...I would never hurt you. You know that.
Forrest Gump: Know what I think? I think you should go home to Greenbow, Alabama!
Jenny Curran: Forrest, we have very different lives, you know.
Forrest Gump: I want you to have this.
[he places his Medal of Honor in Jenny's hand]
Jenny Curran: Forrest, I can't keep this.
Forrest Gump: I got it just by doing what you told me to do.
Jenny Curran: Why are you so good to me?
Forrest Gump: You're my girl.
Jenny Curran: I'll always be your girl.
[they embrace and Jenny boards onto the bus with Wesley]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And just like that, she was gone out of my life again.



Forrest Gump: [voice over] I thought I was going back to Vietnam, but instead they decided the best way for me to fight the communists was to play ping-pong, so I was in the Special Services, traveling around the country, cheering up all them wounded veterans and showing 'em how to play ping-pong. I was so good that some years later the Army decided that I should be on the All-American ping-pong team. We were the first Americans to visit the land of China in like a million years or something like that, and somebody said world peace was in our hands, but all I did was play ping-pong. When I got home I was a national celebrity. Famouser even than Captain Kangaroo.



[Forrest being interviewed on the Dick Cavett show]
Forrest Gump: In the land of China, people hardly got nothing at all.
John Lennon: No possessions?
Forrest Gump: And in China they never go to church.
John Lennon: No religion too?
Dick Cavett: Oh. Hard to imagine.
John Lennon: Well it's easy if you try, Dick.
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[Forrest sees Lt. Dan. outside the TV studio, he's in a wheelchair looking dirty with long hair]
Lt. Dan Taylor: They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir. They surely did.
Lt. Dan Taylor: They gave you, an imbecile, a moron who goes on television and makes a fool out of himself in front of the whole damn country, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Well, then, that's just perfect! Yeah, well, I just got one thing to say to that. Goddamn bless America.
[Lt. Dan's wheelchair begins to slide down the ramp and spins crashing at the bottom of the ramp]
Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan!



Forrest Gump: [voice over] Lieutenant Dan said he was living in a hotel. And because he didn't have no legs, he spent most of his time exercising his arms.



Forrest Gump: What do you do here in New York, Lt. Dan?
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: I am living off the government tit! Sucking it dry!



Lt. Dan Taylor: Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?
Forrest Gump: I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.
[Lt. Dan chuckles]
Lt. Dan Taylor: That's all these cripples at the VA, that's all they ever talk about. Jesus this and Jesus that. Have I found Jesus? They even had a priest come and talk to me. He said God is listening, but I have to help myself. Now, if I accept Jesus into my heart, I'll get to walk beside him in the kingdom of heaven.
[he becomes enraged as he throws the bottle and looks at Forrest]
Lt. Dan Taylor: Did you hear what I said? WALK beside him in the kingdom of heaven. Well, kiss my crippled ass. God is listening? What a crock of shit.
Forrest Gump: I'm going to heaven, Lieutenant Dan.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Oh? Ah, well, before you go, why don't you get your ass down to the corner and get us another bottle of ripple.
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir.



Lt. Dan Taylor: What the hell is in Bayou La Batre?
Forrest Gump: Shrimpin' boats.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Shrimping boats? Who gives a shit about shrimping boats?
Forrest Gump: I gotta buy me one of them shrimpin' boats as soon as I have some money. I made me a promise to Bubba in Vietnam, that as soon as the war was over, we'd go in partners. He'd be the captain of the shrimpin' boat and I'd be his first mate. But now that he's dead, that means I gotta be the captain.
Lt. Dan Taylor: A shrimp boat captain.
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir. A promise is a promise, Lieutenant Dan.
[Lt. Dan starts to chuckle and shouts]
Lt. Dan Taylor: Now hear this! Private Gump here is gonna be a shrimp boat captain. Well, I tell you what, Gilligan. The day that you are a shrimp boat captain, I will come and be your first mate.
Forrest Gump: Okay.
Lt. Dan Taylor: If you're ever a shrimp boat captain, that's the day I'm an astronaut!



Lenore: Mr Hot Wheels. Who's your friend?
Forrest Gump: My name is Forrest. Forrest Gump.
Lt. Dan Taylor: This is Cunning Carla and Long-limbs Lenore.



[Forrest is back in Lt. Dan's hotel room. Lenore leaps on him and begins to kiss him and grabbing his crotch. Forrest stands up nervously, causing Lenore to fall down on the floor]
Lenore: [angrily] What are you, stupid or something? What's your problem? What's his problem? Did you lose your pecker in the war or something?
Carla: Is your friend stupid or something?
Lt. Dan Taylor: What did you say?
Carla: I said is your friend stupid or something?
Lt. Dan Taylor: Hey! Don't call him stupid!
Lenore: Hey, don't push her!
Lt. Dan Taylor: You shut up! Don't you ever call him stupid!
Carla: What's the matter, baby? Why you so upset?
Lt. Dan Taylor: Get the hell out of here!
Lenore: You stupid gimp. You belong in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not."
Lt. Dan Taylor: Get your goddamn clothes and get the hell out of here!
Lenore: You should be in a sideshow. You're so pathetic!
Lt. Dan Taylor: Get out of here!
Carla: You retard!
Lenore: Loser. You freak!




Forrest Gump:
I'm sorry I ruined your New Year's Eve party, Lieutenant Dan. She tastes like cigarettes.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I guess Lieutenant Dan figured there's some things you can't change. He didn't want to be called crippled just, like I didn't want to be called stupid.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Happy New Year, Gump.



[President Nixon awarding Forest U.S table tennis tournament medal in 1972]
President Richard M. Nixon: So are you enjoying yourself in our nation's capital, young man?
Forrest Gump QuotesForrest Gump: Yes, sir.
President Richard M. Nixon: Well, where are you staying?
Forrest Gump: It's called the Hotel Ebbott.
President Richard M. Nixon: Oh, no, no, no, no. I know of a much nicer hotel. It's brand new. Very modern. I'll have my people take care of it for you.



[in the Watergate hotel on phone with security]
Forrest Gump: Yeah. Sir...You might want to send a maintenance man over to that office across the way. The lights are off and they must be looking for a fuse box, 'cause them flashlights they're... they're keeping me awake.
Security: Okay, sir. I'll check it out.
Forrest Gump: Thank you.
Security: No Problem.
Forrest Gump: Good night.
[Forrest hangs up the phone and by the phone is the hotel stationary, which reads "The Watergate Hotel"]



[President Nixon making his resignation speech on TV]
President Richard M. Nixon: Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Vice President Ford will be sworn in as President at that hour in this office.



[Forrest is playing ping-pong by himself at the gymnasium. An officer steps up to him]
Officer: Forrest Gump.
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir!
Officer: As you were. I have your discharge papers. Service is up, son.
Forrest Gump: Does this mean I can't play ping-pong no more?
Officer: For the Army, it does.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And just like that, my service in the United States Army was over. So I went home.

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