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. Forrest Gump (1994) follows sow-witted Forrest (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).
Our Favorite Quotes:
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
President Kennedy: [black and white news reel footage] Congratulations. How do you feel?
Forrest Gump: I got to pee.
President Kennedy: [President Kennedy turns and smiles to the camera] I believe he said he had to pee.
Military Recruit Officer: [after Forrest has graduated from college] Congratulations, son. Have you given any thought to your future?
Forrest Gump: [looks at the military pamphlet] Thought?
Forrest Gump: Hello. I’m Forrest. Forrest Gump.
Army Bus Driver: Nobody gives a horse’s s**t who you are, fuzzballl! You’re not even a low-life, scum-sucking maggot! Get your maggoty a** on the bus! You’re in the army now!
Forrest Gump: [voice over, referring to the army] At first it seemed like I made a mistake seeing how it was only my induction day, and I was getting yelled at. I didn’t know who I might meet or what they might ask.
Bubba: [after offering Forrest the seat next to him on the army bus] You ever been on a real shrimp boat?
Forrest Gump: No. But I been on a real big boat.
Bubba: I’m talking about a shrimp catching boat. I been working on shrimp boats all my life. I started out on my uncle’s boat, that’s my mama’s brother, when I was about maybe nine. I was just looking into buying my own boat and got drafted. My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue. People call me Bubba, just like one of them ol’ redneck boys. Can you believe that?
Forrest Gump: My name’s Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] So Bubba was from Bayou la Batre, Alabama, and his mama cooked shrimp. And her mama before her cooked shrimp, and her mama before her mama cooked shrimp, too. Bubba’s family knew everything there was to know about the shrimping business.
Bubba: I know everything there is to know about the shrimping business. Matter of fact, I’m going into the shrimping business by myself after I get out of the army.
Drill Sergeant: Gump! What’s your sole purpose in this army?
Forrest Gump: To do whatever you tell me, drill sergeant!
Drill Sergeant: Goddamn it, Gump, you’re a goddamn genius. That’s the most outstanding answer I’ve ever heard. You must have a goddamn I.Q. of a hundred and sixty! You are goddamn gifted, Private Gump.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now for some reason, I fit in the army like one of them round pegs. It’s not really hard. You just make your bed real neat and remember to stand up straight, and always answer every question with “Yes, drill sergeant.”
Drill Sergeant: Is that clear?
Forrest Gump: [shouts] Yes, drill sergeant!
Forrest Gump: [finishes assembling his rifle] Done, Drill Sergeant!
Drill Sergeant: Gump! Why did you put that weapon together so quickly, Gump?
Forrest Gump: You told me to, Drill Sergeant?
Drill Sergeant: Jesus H. Christ! This is a new company record! If it wouldn’t be such a waste of a damn-fine enlisted man I’d recommend you for OCS! You are going to be a general someday, Gump, now disassemble your weapon and continue!
Bubba: [continues talking about shrimp to Forrest] Anyway, like I was saying, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There’s shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole…
Bubba: [the next day, continues as they’re shining their shoes] Shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp…
Bubba: [the next day, continues as they’re scrubbing the floor with toothbrushes] Shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That-that’s about it.
Forrest Gump: [voice over, referring to Jenny on the stage, naked] Her dream had come true. She was a folk singer.
Jenny Curran: You can’t keep doing this, Forrest. You can’t keep trying to rescue me all the time.
Forrest Gump: They was trying to grab you.
Jenny Curran: A lot of people try to grab me. You can’t keep doing this all the time.
Forrest Gump: I can’t help it. I love you.
Jenny Curran: Forrest, you don’t know what love is.
Jenny Curran: You remember that time we prayed, Forrest? We prayed for God to turn me into a bird so I could fly far, far away?
Forrest Gump: Yes, I do.
Jenny Curran: You think I could fly off this bridge?
Forrest Gump: What do you mean, Jenny?
Jenny Curran: Nothing.
Jenny Curran: [referring to Forrest going to Vietnam] Listen, you promise me something, okay? Just if you’re ever in trouble, don’t try to be brave. You just run, Okay? Just run away.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now. they told us that Vietnam was going to be very different from the United States of America. Except for all the beer cans and the barbecues, it was.
Bubba: [to Forrest] You know, I’ll bet there’s shrimp all in these waters. They tell me these Vietnams is good shrimp. After we win this war and we take over everything, we can get American shrimpers to come out here and shrimp these waters. We’ll just shrimp all the time, man.
Lt. Dan Taylor: [as Forrest and Bubba salute Lt. Dan] Ho! Get your hands down. Do not salute me. There are goddamn snipers all around this area who’d love to grease an officer.
Lt. Dan Taylor: What’s wrong with your lip?
Bubba: I was born with big gums, sir.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Well, you better tuck that in. going to get that caught on a trip wire. Where are you boys from in the world?
Bubba, Forrest: Alabama, sir!
Lt. Dan Taylor: You twins?
Forrest Gump: No. We are not relations, sir.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Lieutenant Dan sure knew his stuff. I felt real lucky he was my lieutenant. He was from a long, great military tradition. Somebody in his family had fought and died in every single American war. I guess you could say he had a lot to live up to.
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.
Forrest Gump: [Bubba and Forrest look at each other] I sure hope I don’t let him down.
Forrest Gump: [voice over, referring to Vietnam] I got to see a lot of countryside. We would take these real long walks. And we were always looking for this guy named Charlie.
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.
Forrest Gump: [voice over, referring to the men in his platoon] 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.
Bubba: Hey, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: Hey, Bubba.
Bubba: I’m going to 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? Because we be watching out for one another, like brothers and stuff.
Bubba: Hey, Forrest, something I been thinking about. I got a very important question to ask you. How would you like to go into the shrimping 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.
Bubba: [while being ambushed] 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: [voice over] Bubba was my best good friend. I had to make sure he was okay. And on my way back to find Bubba, well there was this boy laying on the ground.
Forrest Gump: [voice over, referring to the soldier] 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!” I started to get scared that I might never find Bubba.
Lt. Dan Taylor: [as Forrest picks him up] 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 Gump: [voice over] Then it felt like something just jumped up and bit me.
Forrest Gump: Ah, something bit me!
Lt. Dan Taylor: 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 Gump: I got to find Bubba!
Forrest Gump: [voice over] If I’d have known this was going to be the last time me and Bubba was going to talk, I’d of thought of something better to say.
Forrest Gump: Hey, Bubba.
Bubba: 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 want to go home.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain’t something you can find just around the corner. Bubba was going to be a shrimping boat captain, but instead, he died right there by that river in Vietnam. That’s all I have to say about that.
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, because 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: 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]
Soldier: [as Forrest is hit on the back of his head by a ping pong] 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.
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.
Lt. Dan Taylor: [to Forrest] 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.
Lt. Dan Taylor: 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: You’re still Lieutenant Dan.
Lt. Dan Taylor: [referring to his amuptated legs] Look at me. What am I going to do now? What am I going to do now?
President Lyndon B. Johnson: [TV news reel shows Forrest is being awarded] America owes you a debt of gratitude, son. I understand you were wounded. Where were you hit?
Forrest Gump: In the but-tocks, sir.
President Lyndon B. Johnson: Well, that must be a sight. I’d like to see that.
President Lyndon B. Johnson: [Forrest drops his pants to show the bullet wound] Goddamn, son!
Forrest Gump: [voice over, referring to anti-war rally led by activist Abbie Hoffman] 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.
Forrest Gump: [voice over, after seeing Jenny at the anti-war rally] 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.
Ruben: [to Forrest at the Black Panther Headquarters] Shut that blind, man. And get your white a** away from that window. Don’t you know we in war here?
Forrest Gump: [reffering to Weslet] 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.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] We walked around all night, Jenny and me, just talking. 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, because she made it all the way to California.
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.
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.
Jenny Curran: [Forrest gives her his Medal of Honor] 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.
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 them 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 Gump: [being interviewed on the Dick Cavett show] 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.
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.
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.
Forrest Gump: I’m going to heaven, Lieutenant Dan.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Oh? Ah, well, before you go, why don’t you get your a** down to the corner and get us another bottle of ripple.
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir.
Forrest Gump: I got to buy me one of them shrimping 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 shrimping boat and I’d be his first mate. But now that he’s dead, that means I got to be the captain.
Lt. Dan Taylor: A shrimp boat captain.
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir. A promise is a promise, Lieutenant Dan.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Now hear this! Private Gump here is going to 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.
Carla: [referring to Forrest] 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!
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 cri**led just, like I didn’t want to be called stupid.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Happy New Year, Gump.
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.
Forrest Gump: [in the Watergate hotel on phone with security] 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, because them flashlights they’re, they’re keeping me awake.
President Richard M. Nixon: [making his resignation speech on TV] 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.
Officer: 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.
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 saying 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 Gump: [visits Bubba’s grave ] 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 Gump: [continues talking at Bubba’s grave] 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 shrimping, but you know what I found out? Shrimping is tough.
Forrest Gump: [referring to the shrimps he’s caught] I only caught five.
Old Shrimper Man: A couple more, you can have yourself a cocktail.
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.
Lt. Dan Taylor: 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 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: No shrimp.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Where the hell’s this God of yours?
Forrest Gump: [voice over] It’s funny Lieutenant Dan said that, because right then God showed up.
Forrest Gump: [voice over, referring to the hurricane] Now, me, I was scared, but Lieutenant Dan, he was mad.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Come on! You call this a storm? Blow, you son of a b**ch! Blow! It’s time for a showdown! You and me! I’m right here! Come and get me! You’ll never sink this boat!
Forrest Gump: [voice over, referring to the hurricane] After that, shrimping 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.
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!
Lt. Dan Taylor: Forrest, I never thanked you for saving my life.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] He never actually said so, but I think he made his peace with God.
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 going to have to figure that out for yourself. Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you’re going to 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. 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 shrimping 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.
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 because I was a gazillionaire 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, because she went to bed and slept and slept, like she hadn’t slept in years. It was wonderful having her home.
Forrest Gump: [voice over, as Jenny throws rocks at her father’s house ] 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 Curran: You would, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: But you won’t marry me.
Jenny Curran: You don’t want to marry me.
Forrest Gump: Why don’t you love me, Jenny? I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.
Forrest Gump: Jenny?
Jenny Curran: Forrest, I do love you.
[Jenny and Forrest kiss and make love]
Forrest Gump: [voice over, after discovering Jenny has left]] 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. 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.
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 following Forrest] 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.
Aging Hippie: [running after Forrest] 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… Woh! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dogs**t!
Forrest Gump: It happens.
Aging Hippie: What, s**t?
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 Gump: [wipes his face on the T-shirt and hands it back] Have a nice day.
[the man looks at the T-shirt and sees 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.
Young Man: [as Forrest stops running] Quiet. Quiet. He’s going to say something.
Forrest Gump: I’m pretty tired. I think I’ll go home now.
Young Man: Now what are we supposed to do?
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And just like that, my running days was over. So I went home to Alabama.
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 because I was messed up for a long time.
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.
Jenny Curran: [after telling Forrest he’s a father] 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: Okay.
Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan.
Lt. Dan Taylor: Hello, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: You got new legs. 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 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 Gump: [at Jenny’s grave] 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 dying 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 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 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 Gump: [waiting with Forrest Jr. for the school bus] Hey, Forrest. 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.
[as Forrest Jr. leaves, 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]