Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field, Rebecca Williams, Michael Conner Humphreys, Hanna Hall, Siobhan Fallon, Marlena Smalls, Richard D’Alessandro, Geoffrey Blake, Nora Dunfee, Lenny Herb, Charles Boswell, Timothy McNeil, Haley Joel Osment
OUR RATING: ★★★★★
Comedy drama directed by Robert Zemeckis which follows sow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), who has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save, his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).
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Forrest Gump: [a feather floats and lands on Forrest’s trainers] Hello. My name’s Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?
Forrest Gump: My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.
Forrest Gump: Those must be comfortable shoes, I bet you could walk all day in shoes like those and not feel a thing. I wish I had shoes like that.
Nurse at Bus Bench: My feet hurt.
Forrest Gump: Mama always said there’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going, where they’ve been. I’ve worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard, I could remember my first pair of shoes. Mama said they’d take me anywhere. She said they was my magic shoes.
Forrest Gump: Now when I was a baby, Mama named me after the great Civil War hero General Nathan Bedford Forrest. She said we was related to him in some way. What he did was he started up this club called the Ku Klux Klan. They’d all dress up in their robes and their bed sheets and act like a bunch of ghosts or spooks or something. They’d even put bed sheets on their horses and ride around. And anyway, that’s how I got my name, Forrest Gump. Mama said the Forrest part was to remind me that sometimes we all do things that, well, just don’t make no sense.
Mrs. Gump: [to young Forrest] Don’t ever let anybody tell you they’re better than you, Forrest. If God intended everybody to be the same, he’d have given us all braces on our legs.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.
Mrs. Gump: [to young Forrest] Remember what I told you, Forrest. You’re no different than anybody else is. Did you hear what I said, Forrest? You’re the same as everybody else. You are no different.
Principal: Your boy’s different, Mrs. Gump. Now, his I.Q. is seventy-five.
Mrs. Gump: Well, we’re all different, Mr. Hancock.
Principal: [referring to the IQ chart] I want to show you something, Mrs. Gump. Now, this is normal. Forrest is right here. The state requires a minimum I.Q. of eighty to attend public school Mrs. Gump. He’s going to have to go to a special school. Now, he’ll be just fine.
Mrs. Gump: What does normal mean anyway? He might be a bit on the slow side, but my boy Forrest is going to get the same opportunities as everyone else. He’s not going to some special school to learn how to retread tyres. We’re talking about five little points here. There must be something can be done.
Principal: We’re a progressive school system. We don’t want to see anybody left behind. Is there a Mr. Gump, Mrs. Gump?
Mrs. Gump: He’s on vacation.
Principal: Well, your mama sure does care about your schooling, son. You don’t say much, do you?
Young Forrest Gump: [imitates the noises he had just heard] Eh, eh, eh, eh, eh.
Young Forrest Gump: Mama, what’s vacation mean?
Mrs. Gump: Vacation?
Young Forrest Gump: Where daddy went?
Mrs. Gump: Vacation’s when you go somewhere, and you don’t ever come back.
Dorothy Harris: Are you coming along?
Young Forrest Gump: Mama said not to be taking rides from strangers.
Dorothy Harris: This is the bus to school.
Young Forrest Gump: I’m Forrest, Forrest Gump.
Dorothy Harris: I’m Dorothy Harris.
Young Forrest Gump: Well, now we ain’t strangers anymore.
Forrest Gump: You know, it’s funny what a young man recollects, because I don’t remember being born. I don’t recall what I got for my first Christmas, and I don’t know when I went on my first outdoor picnic, but I do remember the first time I heard the sweetest voice in the wide world.
Young Jenny Curran: [back on the school bus] You can sit here if you want.
Forrest Gump: I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. She was like an angel.
Young Jenny Curran: Well, are you going to sit down or aren’t you? What’s wrong with your legs?
Young Forrest Gump: Nothing at all, thank you. My legs are just fine and dandy.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I just sat next to her on that bus and had a conversation all the way to school.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Next to Mama, no one ever talked to me or asked me questions.
Young Jenny Curran: Are you stupid or something?
Young Forrest Gump: Mama says, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Young Jenny Curran: I’m Jenny.
Young Forrest Gump: I’m Forrest, Forrest Gump.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] From that day on, we was always together. Jenny and me was like peas and carrots. She taught me how to climb. I showed her how to dangle. She helped me learn how to read, and I showed her how to swing. Sometimes, we’d just sit out and wait for the stars.
Forrest Gump: [voice over, referring to Jenny] She was my most special friend. My only friend.
Forrest Gump: My Mama always told me that miracles happen every day. Some people don’t think so, but they do.
Young Jenny Curran: [when bullies from school start chasing young Forrest] Run, Forrest, run! Run, Forrest!
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now, you wouldn’t believe it if I told you, but I can run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running.
Old man in barbershop: [referring to young Forrest] That boy sure is a running fool!
Young Jenny Curran: [after Jenny’s father is chasing her through the fields] Pray with me, Forrest. Pray with me. Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far, far away from here.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Mama always said God is mysterious. He didn’t turn Jenny into a bird that day. Instead, he had the po-lice say Jenny didn’t have to stay in that house no more. She was to live with her grandma, just over on Creekmore Avenue, which made me happy, because she was so close. Some nights, Jenny’d sneak out and come on over to my house, just because she said she was scared. Scared of what, I don’t know. But I think it was her grandma’s dog. He was a mean dog. Anyway, Jenny and me was best friends all the way up through high school.
Forrest Gump: Now, it used to be, I ran to get where I was going. I never thought it would take me anywhere.
Football Coach: [sees young Forrest run] Who in the hell is that?
Assistant Football Coach: That there is Forrest Gump, coach. Just a local idiot.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And can you believe it? I got to go to college too.
Coach Bryant: [at University of Alabama football team a teammate hands Forrest the ball] Run, you stupid son of a b**ch! Run! He must be the stupidest son of a b**ch alive, but he sure is fast!
Jenny Curran: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you’re going to be?
Forrest Gump: Who I’m going to be?
Jenny Curran: Yeah.
Forrest Gump: Aren’t I going to to be me?
Jenny Curran: You’ll always be you, just another kind of you. You know? I want to be famous. I want to be a singer like Joan Baez. I just want to be on an empty stage with my guitar, my voice. Just me. And I want to reach people on a personal level. I want to be able to say things, just one to one.
Jenny Curran: Have you ever been with a girl, Forrest?
Forrest Gump: [nervously] I sit next to them in my Home Economics class all the time.
Forrest Gump: [after having an orgasm] Oh, I’m dizzy.
Jenny Curran: I’ll bet that never happened in Home Ec.
Forrest Gump: No. I think I ruined your roommate’s bathrobe.
Jenny Curran: I don’t care. I don’t like her, anyway.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] The really good thing about meeting the President of the United States is the food. They put you in this little room with just about anything you’d want to eat or drink. But since, number one, I wasn’t hungry, but thirsty, and number two, they was free, I must have drank me about fifteen Dr. Peppers.
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