Page 1 2 USER REVIEWS THE NOVEL
[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.
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.
[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: 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.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now, when I got home, I had no idea, but Mama’d had all sorts of visitors.
Mrs. Gump: We’ve had all sorts of visitors, Forrest. Everybody wants you to use their ping-pong stuff. One man even left a check for twenty five thousand dollars if you’d be agreeable to sayin’ you like using their paddle.
Forrest Gump: Oh, Momma. I only like using my own paddle. Hi, Miss Louise.
Louise: Hey, Forrest.
Mrs. Gump: I know that. I know that. But it’s twenty five thousand dollars, Forrest. I thought maybe you could hold it for a while, see if it grows on you.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I didn’t stay home for long because I’d made a promise to Bubba, and I always try to keep my promise, so I went on down to Bayou La Batre to meet Bubba’s family and make their introduction.
Mrs. Blue: Are you crazy or just plain stupid?
Forrest Gump: Stupid is as stupid does, Mrs. Blue.
Mrs. Blue: I guess.
[Forrest visits Bubba’s grave and reads from the notes he’s taken out of his pocket]
Forrest Gump: Hey, Bubba. It’s me, Forrest Gump. I remember everything you said, and I got it all figured out. I’m taking the twenty-four thousand, five hundred and six-two dollars and forty-seven cents that I got…well, that’s-that’s left after a new haircut and a new suit and I took Mama out to a real fancy dinner, and I bought a bus ticket, and three Dr Peppers.
[Forrest continues talking at Bubba’s grave]
Forrest Gump: That’s what’s left after me saying, “When I was in China on the All-America ping-pong team, I just loved playing ping-pong with my Flex-o-lite ping-pong paddle,” which everybody knows isn’t true, but Mama said it’s just a little white lie so it wouldn’t hurt nobody. So anyway, I’m putting all that on gas, ropes, and new nets and a brand-new shrimping boat.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now, Bubba had told me everything he knew about shrimpin’, but you know what I found out? Shrimpin’ is tough.
[Forrest pulls a couple of shrimps out of a bucket]
Forrest Gump: I only caught five.
Old Shrimper Man: A couple more, you can have yourself a cocktail.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I thought about Jenny all the time.
Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan, what are you doing here?
Lt. Dan Taylor: Well, I thought I’d try out my sea legs.
Forrest Gump: Well, you ain’t got no legs, Lieutenant Dan.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Yes, I know that. You wrote me a letter, you idiot. Well, well. Captain Forrest Gump. I had to see this for myself. And I told you if you were ever a shrimp boat captain, that I’d be your first mate. Well, here I am. I’m a man of my word.
Forrest Gump: Okay.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Yeah, but don’t you be thinking that I’m going to be calling you “Sir.”
Forrest Gump: No, sir.
[Forrest empties the net with their “catch” and debris falls to the deck]
Forrest Gump: Still no shrimp, Lieutenant Dan.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Okay, so I was wrong.
Forrest Gump: Well, how are we going to find them?
Lt. Dan Taylor: Well, maybe you should just pray for shrimp.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] So I went to church every Sunday. Sometimes Lieutenant Dan came too, though I think he left the praying up to me.
[another catch of junk is dumped onto the deck]
Forrest Gump: [dejected] No shrimp.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Where the hell’s this God of yours?
Forrest Gump: [voice over] It’s funny Lieutenant Dan said that, ’cause right then God showed up.
[on the boat deck during a hurricane]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now, me, I was scared, but Lieutenant Dan, he was mad.
[shouting to sky]
Lt. Dan Taylor: Come on! You call this a storm? Blow, you son of a bitch! Blow! It’s time for a showdown! You and me! I’m right here! Come and get me! You’ll never sink this boat!
[we then see news footage on TV shows hurricane Carmen came had hit the coast, Bayou La Batre’s entire shrimping industry]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] After that, shrimpin’ was easy.
Forrest Gump: And since people still needed them shrimps for shrimp cocktails and barbecues and all, and we were the only boat left standing “Bubba-Gump” shrimp’s what they got. We got a whole bunch of boats. Twelve Jenny’s, big ol’ warehouse, we even have hats that says “Bubba-Gump” on them. “Bubba-Gump Shrimp”. It’s a household name.
[cut to Forrest sitting on bus bench with man sitting next to Forrest listening]
Man at bus bench: Hold on there, boy. Are you telling me you’re the owner of the Bubba-Gump Shrimp Corporation?
Forrest Gump: Yes. We got more money than Davy Crockett.
Man at bus bench: Boy, I heard some whoppers in my time, but that tops them all. We were sitting next to a millionaire!
[the man laughs as he walks away]
[Forrest and Lt. Dan are working on the boat]
Lt. Dan Taylor: Forrest, I never thanked you for saving my life.
[Lt. Dan pulls himself out of his chair to the railing and jumps into the water]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] He never actually said so, but I think he made his peace with God.
Forrest Gump: What’s the matter, Mama?
Mrs. Gump: I’m dying, Forrest. Come on in, sit down over here.
Forrest Gump: Why are you dying, Mama?
Mrs. Gump: It’s my time. It’s just my time. Oh, now, don’t you be afraid, sweetheart. Death is just a part of life. Something we’re all destined to do. I didn’t know it, but I was destined to be your mama. I did the best I could.
Forrest Gump: You did good.
Mrs. Gump: Well, I happen to believe you make your own destiny. You have to do the best with what God gave you.
Forrest Gump: What’s my destiny, Mama?
Mrs. Gump: You’re gonna have to figure that out for yourself. Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re gonna to get.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.
Mrs. Gump: I will miss you, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] She had got the cancer and died on a Tuesday. I bought her a new hat with little flowers on it.
[back on the bus bench where the elderly woman sitting next to Forrest is crying]
Forrest Gump: And that’s all I have to say about that.
Forrest Gump: Now, because I had been a football star and a war hero and a national celebrity and a shrimpin’ boat captain and a college graduate, the city fathers of Greenbow, Alabama, decided to get together and offered me a fine job. So I never went back to work for Lieutenant Dan.
[we see Forrest riding a lawn tractor cutting the football field grass]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Though he did take care of my Bubba-Gump money. He got me invested in some kind of fruit company. And so then I got a call from him saying we don’t have to worry about money no more, and I said, “That’s good. One less thing.” Now, Mama said there’s only so much fortune a man really needs, and the rest is just for showing off. So I gave a whole bunch of it to the Four Square Gospel Church. And I gave a whole bunch to the Bayou La Batre fishing hospital. And even though Bubba was dead and Lieutenant Dan said I was nuts, I gave Bubba’s mama Bubba’s share. You know what? She didn’t have to work in nobody’s kitchen no more.
[we see Forrest opening a letter from Apple Computers]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And ’cause I was a gozillionaire and I liked doing it so much, I cut that grass for free. But at night-time when there was nothing to do and the house was all empty, and the house was all empty, I’d always think of Jenny. And then, she was there.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Jenny came back and stayed with me. Maybe it was because she had nowhere else to go, or maybe it was because she was so tired, ’cause she went to bed and slept and slept, like she hadn’t slept in years. It was wonderful having her home.
[Jenny and Forrest walk up to Jenny old house where she had lived with her father. Jenny suddenly heaves a rock angrily at the house]
Jenny Curran: [shouting] How could you do this?
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Sometimes I guess there just aren’t enough rocks. I never really knew why she came back, but I didn’t care. It was like olden times. We was like peas and carrots again.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And well, we was like family, Jenny and me…and it was the happiest time in my life.
Forrest Gump: Will you marry me? I’d make a good husband, Jenny.
[Jenny turns and looks at him]
Jenny Curran: You would, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: But you won’t marry me.
Jenny Curran: [sadly] You don’t want to marry me.
Forrest Gump: Why don’t you love me, Jenny?
[Jenny says nothing]
Forrest Gump: I’m not a smart man…but I know what love is.
[Forrest lies in his bed the door opens and Jenny gets into bed next to Forrest]
Forrest Gump: Jenny?
Jenny Curran: Forrest, I do love you.
[Jenny and Forrest kiss and they make love]
[after Forrest discovers Jenny has left]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road, and when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town.
[three men in barbershop are sitting watching TV when Forrest runs through the main street of town]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. Now, thinking since I’d run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. No particular reason. I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured since I’d gone this far, might as well turn around, just keep on going. And when I got to another ocean, I figured since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back and keep right on going. When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go…you know… I went.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I’d think a lot about Momma and Bubba, and Lieutenant Dan, but most of all, I thought about Jenny. I thought about her a lot.
[three men in the barber shop watch the news about Forrest on TV]
TV Newscaster: For more than two years now, a man named Forrest Gump, a gardener from Greenbow, Alabama, stopping only to sleep, has been running across America. Charles Cooper brings us this report.
[reporters ask Forrest his reasons for running all this time]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] They just couldn’t believe that somebody would do all that running for no reason.
Reporter: Why are you doing this?
Forrest Gump: I just felt like running.
[young man starts running and following Forrest]
Young Man: I mean, it was like an alarm went off in my head, you know. I said, here’s a guy that’s got his act together. Here’s somebody who’s got it, all figured out. Here’s somebody who has the answer. I’ll follow you anywhere, Mr. Gump.
[running after Forrest]
Aging Hippie: Hey, man, hey, listen. I was wondering if you might help me, huh? Listen, I’m in the bumper sticker business and I’ve been trying to think up a good slogan. And since you have been such a big inspiration to the people around here, I thought you might be able to help me jump into… Whoa! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dogshit!
Forrest Gump: It happens.
Aging Hippie: What, shit?
Forrest Gump: Sometimes.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And some years later, I heard that that fella did come up with a bumper sticker slogan and he made a lot of money off of it.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Another time, I was running along, somebody who’d lost all his money in the T-shirt business, and he wanted to put my face on a T-shirt, but he couldn’t draw that well, and he didn’t have a camera.
Wild Eyed Man: Here, use this one. Nobody likes that color anyway.
[Forrest wipes his face on the T-shirt and hands it back to the man]
Forrest Gump: Have a nice day.
[the man looks at the T-shirt, holding up displaying the “Happy Face”]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And some years later, I found out that that man did come up with an idea for a T-shirt. He made a lot of money off of it.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Anyway, like I was saying, I had a lot of company. My Mama always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that’s what my running was all about. I had run for three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours.
[Forrest stops running and the group running behind him stops waiting expectantly]
Young Man: Quiet. Quiet. He’s going to say something.
[Forrest pauses for a moment before speaking]
Forrest Gump: I’m pretty tired. I think I’ll go home now.
[Forrest turns and the group parts for Forrest as he walks down the middle of the road]
Young Man: Now what are we supposed to do?
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And just like that, my runnin’ days was over. So I went home to Alabama.
[back on the bus bench an Elderly Woman is listening to Forrest’s story]
Forrest Gump: And one day, out of the blue clear sky, I got a letter from Jenny wondering if I could come down to Savannah and see her, and that’s what I’m doing here. She saw me on TV, running. I’m supposed to go on the number nine bus to Richmond Street and get off and go one block left to 1-9-4-7 Henry Street, apartment 4.
Elderly Woman: Why, you don’t need to take a bus. Henry Street is just five or six blocks down that way.
Jenny Curran: Listen, Forrest, I don’t know how to say this. I just I want to apologize for anything that I ever did to you ’cause I was messed up for a long time, and…
Jenny Curran: There. Listen, Forrest. I don’t know how to say this. Um, I just…I want to apologize for anything that I ever did to you, ’cause I was messed up for a long time, and…
Forrest Gump: You’re a mama, Jenny.
Jenny Curran: I’m a mama. His name is Forrest.
Forrest Gump: Like me!
Jenny Curran: I named him after his daddy.
Forrest Gump: He got a daddy named Forrest, too?
Jenny Curran: You’re his daddy, Forrest.
[Forrest then looks frightened and starts to back away]
Jenny Curran: Hey, Forrest, look at me. Look at me, Forrest. There’s nothing you need to do. Okay? You didn’t do anything wrong. Okay? Isn’t he beautiful?
Forrest Gump: He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. But…is, is he smart? Or is he…
Jenny Curran: He’s very smart. He’s one of the smartest in his class. Yeah, it’s okay. Go talk to him.
Jenny Curran: Forrest, I’m sick.
Forrest Gump: What, do you have a cough due to a cold?
Jenny Curran: I have some kind virus. And the doctors don’t, they don’t know what it is. And there isn’t anything they can do about it.
Forrest Gump: You could come home with me. Jenny, you and little Forrest could come stay at my house in Greenbow. I’ll take care of you if you’re sick.
Jenny Curran: Would you marry me, Forrest?
Forrest Gump: [pause] Okay.
Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Hello, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: You got new legs.
Forrest Gump: New legs!
Lt. Dan Taylor: Yeah. I got new legs. Custom-made titanium alloy. It’s what they use on the space shuttle.
Forrest Gump: Magic legs.
Lt. Dan Taylor: This is my fiancé, Susan.
Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan!
Susan: Hi, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan, this is my Jenny.
Jenny Curran: Hi. It’s nice to meet you finally.
Jenny Curran: Hey, Forrest, were you scared in Vietnam?
Forrest Gump: Yes. Well, I-I don’t know. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out. And then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was over a million sparkles on the water. Like that mountain lake. It was so clear, Jenny. It looked like there were two skies, one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It was so beautiful.
Jenny Curran: I wish I could’ve been there with you.
Forrest Gump: You were.
Jenny Curran: I love you.
[Forrest stands under the old oak tree where Jenny’s been buried]
Forrest Gump: You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father’s bulldozed to the ground. Mama always said that dyin’ was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t. Little Forrest is doing just fine. About to start school again soon, and I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He’s really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He’s so smart, Jenny. You’d be so proud of him. I am. He wrote you a letter. And he says I can’t read it. I’m not supposed to, so I’ll just leave it here for you.
[Forrest places the letter down at the grave marker]
Forrest Gump: Jenny, I don’t know if mama was right or if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I…I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. But I miss you, Jenny. If there’s anything you need, I won’t be far away.
[Forrest is waiting with Forrest Jr. for the school bus on little Forrest’s first day of
school in Greenbow, the bus arrives and little Forrest is about to board it]
Forrest Gump: Hey, Forrest. Don’t… I wanted to tell you I love you.
Forrest Gump Jr.: I love you, too, Daddy.
Forrest Gump: I’ll be right here when you get back.
Dorothy Harris: You understand this is the bus to the school now, don’t you?
Forrest Gump Jr.: Of course, and you’re Dorothy Harris and I’m Forrest Gump.
[Forrest Jr. gets on the bus, the bus pulls away. Forrest stands next to the mailbox then sits down, we see the same feather from the beginning of the movie lying at Forrest’s feet and a gust of wind picks it up and it floats up in the air]
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