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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[a feather floats through the air and finally lands on Forrest’s muddy trainers. He picks up the feather and places it in his book]
Forrest Gump: Hello. My name’s Forrest, Forrest Gump. [he opens a box of chocolates and holds it out to a nurse sat next to him]
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: [voice over] 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.
[to young Forrest]
Mrs. Gump: 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.
[to young Forrest]
Mrs. Gump: 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.
[in the school Principal’s office]
Principal: Your boy’s different, Mrs. Gump. Now, his I.Q. is seventy-five.
Mrs. Gump: Well, we’re all different, Mr. Hancock.
[The principal holds up a I.Q chart and points to the center of the graph, labeled “Normal”]
Principal: 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.
[Forrest sitting outside his house, he can hear loud male grunts coming from inside the house. Then the school principal steps out and wipes the sweat from his face]
Principal: Well, your mama sure does care about your schooling, son.
[Forrest remains quiet]
Principal: You don’t say much, do you?
[Forrest imitates the noises he had just heard]
Young Forrest Gump: 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.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I remember the bus ride on the first day of school very well.
[the school bus driver opens the door, Forrest steps on to the bus and looks at the driver]
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: [voice over] 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.
[back on the school bus a young girl about Forrest’s age speaks up]
Young Jenny Curran: You can sit here if you want.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] 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 ya?
[Forrest sits down next to her]
Young Jenny Curran: 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…
[Jenny is sitting on a tree branch]
Young Jenny Curran: Come on, Forrest, you can do it.
Forrest Gump: [voice over]…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.
[referring to his friendship with Jenny]
Forrest Gump: [voice over]She was my most special friend. My only friend.
[talking to the nurse on the bench who doesn’t seem to be listening as she reads her magazine]
Forrest Gump: My Mama always told me that miracles happen every day. Some people don’t think so, but they do.
Boy 1: Hey, dummy!
Boy 2: Are you retarded, or just plain stupid?
Boy 3: Look, I’m Forrest Gump.
Young Jenny Curran: Just run away, Forrest. Run, Forrest! Run away! Hurry!
[when bullies from school start chasing young Forrest]
Young Jenny Curran: 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.
[young Forrest running away from the bullies runs across the street where two old men sitting in a barber shop notice him]
Old man in barbershop: That boy sure is a running fool!
[young Jenny’s father is chasing her through the fields to beat her when she stops and hides in the corn field]
Young Jenny Curran: Pray with me, Forrest. Pray with me. Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far, far away from here. Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far…
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.
[back on the bus bench Forrest continues his story]
Forrest Gump: Now, it used to be, I ran to get where I was going. I never thought it would take me anywhere.
[a grown Forrest running away from the local bullies runs across the high school football field during a football scrimmage]
Football Coach: 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.
[Forrest is in the University of Alabama football team and one of his teammates runs over and hands him the ball]
Coach Bryant: Run, you stupid son of a bitch! Run!
[Forrest runs across the field getting past everyone scoring a touchdown but continues to run, smashing through the band members, then all the way toward the team tunnel]
Coach Bryant: He must be the stupidest son of a bitch alive, but he sure is fast!
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Now, maybe it’s just me, but college was very confusing times.
[in Jenny’s college dorm room]
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 has taken off her slip and sits on the bed next to Forrest with only her bra and panties. Forrest looks at her nervously]
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.
[Jenny removes her bra and takes his hand and guides it up to her breast, Forrest looks at Jenny’s breasts then shudders as he has an orgasm]
Forrest Gump: Ohh, Oh, I’m sorry. Sorry.
Jenny Curran: It’s okay.
Forrest Gump: Sorry.
Jenny Curran: It’s all right. It’s okay.
Forrest Gump: 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] College ran by real fast because I played so much football. They even put me on a thing called the All-America team where you get to meet the President of the United States.
[Forrest is at the White House Standing in front of a food table with a large spread of
food and soda]
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.
[Black and white news reel footage shows President Kennedy shaking hands with the All-American football players, Forrest steps up to the President to shake his hand]
President Kennedy: Congratulations. How do you feel?
Forrest Gump: I got to pee.
[President Kennedy turns and smiles to the camera]
President Kennedy: I believe he said he had to pee.
[Forrest has just graduated from college]
Military Recruit Officer: Congratulations, son. Have you given any thought to your future?
[Forrest looks at the military pamphlet the recruit officer has just handed to him]
Forrest Gump: “Thought”?
Forrest Gump: Hello. I’m Forrest. Forrest Gump.
Army Bus Driver: Nobody gives a horse’s shit who you are, fuzzballl! You’re not even a low-life, scum-sucking maggot! Get your maggoty ass on the bus! You’re in the army now!
Forrest Gump: [voice over] At first it seemed like I made a mistake seeing how it was only my induction day, and I was getting yelled at.
[Forrest steps forward, looking much like he did on his first bus ride to school years ago when no one would let him sit next to them]
Bubba: Sit down if you want to.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] I didn’t know who I might meet or what they might ask.
[Bubba has just offered Forrest the seat next to him on the army bus]
Bubba: 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: God damn 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!
[the recruits are assembling their rifles]
Bubba: What you do is you just drag your nets along the bottom. On a good day, you can catch over a hundred pounds of shrimp. If everything goes all right, two men shrimping ten hours, less what you spends on gas, you can…
[Forrest has finished assembling his rifle]
Forrest Gump: Done, Drill Sergeant!
Drill Sergeant: Guuuuuump! Why did you put that weapon together so quickly, Gump?
Forrest Gump: [confused] You told me to, Drill Sergeant?
Drill Sergeant: Jesus H. Christ! [looks at stopwatch] 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]
Bubba: 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 uh, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole…
[the next day Bubba continues when their shining their shoes]
Bubba: …shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp…
[the next day Bubba continues when they are on their hands and knees scrubbing the floor with toothbrushes]
Bubba: …shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That-that’s about it.
[Forrest visits Jenny in the night club she’s working at, she’s sitting on a stool on the stage naked and begins to play her guitar and sing]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] Her dream had come true. She was a folk singer.
[after Forrest has carried Jenny away from the stage in the night club where she was singing topless]
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 turns and looks over the bridge]
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.
Forrest Gump: They sending me to Vietnam. It’s this whole other country.
[to the driver]
Jenny Curran: Just hang on a minute.
Jenny Curran: 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: Okay. Jenny, I’ll write you all the time.
[Jenny takes a last look at Forrest, then climbs into the truck which drives away]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] And just like that, she was gone.
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: Y’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.
[Forrest and Bubba salute Lt. Dan]
Lt. Dan Taylor: Ho! Get your hands down. Do not salute me. There are goddamn snipers all around this area who’d love to grease an officer. I’m Lieutenant Dan Taylor. Welcome to Fort Platoon.
[Lt. Dan looks at Bubba]
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 Gump: Alabama, sir!
Lt. Dan Taylor: You twins?
[Forrest and Bubba look at each other oddly not getting the joke]
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.
[we see 3 different settings where distant relatives of Lt. Dan are fighting in major American wars]
Forrest Gump: [voice over] 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.
[Bubba and Forrest look at each other]
Forrest Gump: I sure hope I don’t let him down.
Forrest Gump: [voice over] 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’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 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? Cause we be watching out for one another, like brothers and stuff. 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.
[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 got to 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 going to 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 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.
[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, 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, 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]
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.
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!
[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]