Forrest Gump movie is American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Eric Roth which came out in 1994. It is based on the novel with the same name which was published in 1986 by Winston Groom.
Forrest Gump movie was released in the United States on July 6, 1994. After the release it received a favourable review for Zemecki’s directing with Hanks’ performance and other things like the visual effects, the music and the script. At the box office the film was an enormous success; it became the top-grossing film in America released that year and also earned over US $677 million worldwide during its theatrical run which made it the second highest-grossing film of 1994. The soundtrack of the Forrest Gump full movie was sold over 12 million copies.
Forrest Gump movie won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing. The movie received many award nominations which includes Golden Globes, British Academy Film Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Forrest Gump Summary
Forrest Gump was sitting on a bench at the bus stop it’s during the year 1981 and on the next bench there was a nurse sitting, so Forrest Gump decided to tell his life story to the nurse. He was a young boy who wore leg braces because he had a curved spine and was unable to walk properly. In spite of his physical limitations her mother told him to always believe in himself. He grew up in a boarding house in Alabama with his mother. Getting him accepted into a public school was tough because Forrest was having below average IQ that didn’t get him into the public school so for that her mother agreed to sleep with the principal of the school in exchange of Forrest Gump’s admission. (Forrest Gump Summary)
In the flashback, when Forrest was telling the story. He meets Jenny Curran on the first day of his school on the bus while going to school. The two spend all their time together and became best friends. Jenny was a beautiful and kind hearted girl but she was struggling with sexual abuse at home by her father. On one day when Forrest was bullied by some group of children Jenny tells Forrest Gump to run and he runs away as soon as he can outrunning the bullies. But during this his leg braces miraculously fall off his legs.
As time passes, Forrest and Jenny remain good friends. In high school, while running from some bullies, Forrest gets noticed by a football scout and accepted into college on a sports scholarship. During this time, the college gets desegregated and a number of black students are admitted, a historic event at which Forrest is present. (Forrest Gump Summary)
Forrest ends up meeting President Kennedy after getting recruited onto the All-American football team. After graduation, he joins the army and meets a friend at boot camp, Bubba, a young black man whose one dream is to start a shrimping business.
Forrest has an easy life in the army because he listens well and follows orders. While in the army, Forrest finds out that Jenny was expelled from college because she posed nude in a magazine wearing her school sweeter. Forrest goes to find Jenny in Memphis, where she is singing naked at a strip club. Forrest tells Jenny he loves her and that he is being sent to Vietnam.
In Vietnam, Forrest and Bubba are put under the command of Lieutenant Dan, an army officer who has had an ancestor die in every American war. The platoon in which Forrest serves gets attacked and Bubba is killed. In the midst of the attack, Forrest goes back and retrieves all his fellow soldiers, which wins him a medal of honour. He even saves Lieutenant Dan, even though Dan was intent on dying in battle, like his ancestors.
Forrest is sent to an army hospital after taking a bullet to his rear end in the battle. There, he is in a bed next to Lieutenant Dan, who lost both his legs in the attack. At the hospital, Forrest starts playing ping pong and is really good at it. Back in Washington, after receiving a medal of honour, Forrest is pulled into an anti-war demonstration where he runs into Jenny, who has become a hippie radical. She is also in an abusive relationship, which Forrest tries to protect her from to no avail.
Forrest plays ping pong internationally, and when he returns to New York to interview about his athletic prowess, he runs into Lieutenant Dan, who is in a wheelchair and living on disability. He stays with Dan for the winter holidays and the two of them become close. When Forrest tells Dan about his plans to buy a shrimp boat, Dan laughs at him and sarcastically tells him that if his dream ever comes true, he will be Forrest’s first mate. Meanwhile, Jenny gets addicted to drugs and continues to go from one abusive relationship to another. (Forrest Gump Movie)
Forrest is discharged from the army and is asked to endorse a ping pong paddle, which earns him $25,000. With this money, he buys a scrimping boat, keeping his promise to Bubba. He then names the boat after Jenny. But I guess he had a little success with it. Dan keeps his promise to Forrest and he joins him in his scrimping endeavours.
When Hurricane Carmen destroys all the boats except for the “Jenny,” Forrest becomes a successful shrimper. Immediately after his success comes, Forrest discovers his mother is dying of cancer, and he returns home to her. Dan invests Forrest’s part of the money into Apple Computers, earning Forrest a fortune.
One day, Jenny visits Forrest and stays with him for a while. When Forrest proposes to her, she declines, but they end up having sex that night. The next day, Jenny leaves Forrest.
Distraught, Forrest starts running around the country without stopping, except to sleep and eat. His persistent running turns him into a celebrity, and he even catches Jenny’s attention.
When the scene shifts back to the present on the bench at the bus stop, Forrest tells the woman sitting next to him that he is in Savannah to visit Jenny, who wrote to him. And when Forrest he visited Jenny, she introduced him to her son, Forrest. Jenny tells Forrest that the boy is his and that she is sick with an unknown virus.
The three moves to Greenbow and Jenny and Forrest get married. Dan comes to the wedding with his fiancé. Dan is no longer in a wheelchair, but has prosthetic legs.
Forrest lives happily with Jenny and Forrest Jr., but Jenny eventually dies. In the last scene of the film it shows that Forrest is taking Forrest Jr. to the bus on his first day of school and recalls his first day.
Forrest Gump Cast
The main strength of this movie is its cast. The actors who did outstanding work are the ones, who deserves credit for massive success of this movie. The main actors like Tom Hanks, Rebecca Williams and Robin Wright showed their immense talent in this movie. Below are the details of Forrest Gump cast :
Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump
Rebecca Williams as Nurse at Park Bench
Sally Field as Mrs.Gump
Michael Conner Humphreys as Young Forrest
Sam Anderson as Principal
Hanna Hall as Young Jenny Curran
Kevin Mangan as Jenny’s Father
Fay Genens as Jenny’s Grandmother
Robin Wright as Jenny Curran
Haley Joel Osment as Forrest Junior
So these were some of the main actors of the Forrest Gump cast. There are many more to this list without whom the movie won’t look like what we saw on screen. A lot of hard work went into making of this movie and we want should be also thankful of the novel by Winston Groom after which the movie was based on. We learn a lot from this kind of movies and we should actually watch a lot more like this.
Forrest Gump Jenny
Let’s talk about Jenny from Forrest Gump as this character has also a lot going on in her life. So let me take you through her life the life of Forrest Gump Jenny.
Full name of Jenny was Jenny Curran born on July 16th, 1945 in Taylor , Arkansas. When she was 5 years of age her mother died and she was then raised by her father who was a farmer, who used to abuse Jenny and her sister physically and sexually. But Forrest being a simple boy thought that she has a loving father who always kisses and touches Jenny and her sister but that was not what he saw.
Jenny and Forrest meet when they were going on the bus to school for their first day and she invites him to sit with her, which Forrest accepted as other students won’t let him sit with them.
During the early years, Jenny was the only friend of Forrest. After school the two often sit under a large oak tree. They both teach each other something, Forrest used to teach Jenny how to swing in the branches while Jenny teaches Forrest how to read. When local bullies show up on bikes to tease and throw rocks at Forrest, Jenny urges him to run, screaming “Run, Forrest, run!” That advice of her leads Forrest’s leg braces breaking off and him running across town, literally kicking up dust as he passes.
When one day Jenny didn’t showed up at school, Forrest goes to her farm house to see what’s wrong and have she not attended school on that day. Jenny’s drunken father pursues Jenny and Forrest, but they found a cornfield and hid in it, and her father was not able to find them, presumably because he’s too drunk to do so. A frightened Jenny instructs Forrest to kneel down and help her pray to God. She prays and repeats, “Dear God, make me a bird, so that I can fly far, far, far away from here.”
Soon after when Jenny’s father get arrested, she was sent to live with her grandmother in a trailer nearby Forrest’s Home. Occasionally she would sneak out in the middle of the night and stay with Forrest, hopping into bed with him. Claiming she was scared but never revealed to Forrest what she was scared off.
Forrest believed this was because of her grandma’s mean dog, but the film implies that it was likely she was scared her father was either going to break out of jail or get released from jail and try to find her and abuse her some more. She was frighten like hell and no one other than Jenny knew how she felt about it and what she was going thought as she was not even able to share her thoughts with Forrest Gump movie.
Through the high school they remain close to each other with Jenny continuing to urge Forrest to run, screaming “Run Forest, run!” when bullies pursued him in a truck. After completing their high schools both attended different colleges. Jenny was in an all girl’s college where Forrest used to visit her every now and then on one such visit Forrest ends up beating up her boyfriend, Billy, when Forrest misinterprets a playful make out session for Billy hurting Jenny.
After which Billy leaves upset saying the two should split. Jenny forgives Forrest and invites him to her dorm room where they spent some time and laughed. The two are once again separated as Forrest enters boot camp. (Forrest Gump Jenny)
Something happened with Jenny which made her expelled from the college and she got into performing and singing in a strip club under the name Bobbie Dylan. While Forrest’s visit to see Jenny he again saw her from a man grabbing Jenny’s legs during her performance to which she got angry on Forrest and was fired from her work.
After this Jenny scolds Forrest on always protecting her and for the first time Forrest admits that he loves her but Jenny rebukes his claim, as she doesn’t believe Forrest is capable of knowing what love is. And hitches a ride from a stranger in a pickup truck but before leaving Forrest tells her that he is going to Vietnam. Listening this Jenny got worried and told Forrest that if he ever get scared in Vietnam then he should start running. He promises this to her and Jenny leaves in a truck.
While Forrest was he Vietnam he used to write to Jenny daily, which never reached her as she was homeless singing on the street. She and Forrest are reunited after many years in Washington DC during an anti-Vietnam protest.
One day, partly in an attempt to rebuild her life, Jenny arrives at Forrest’s home unannounced and stays with him for a while. She sleeps excessively prompting Forrest to remark that it is as if she hasn’t slept in years. They would go for a walk daily and have some conversations. On a fine day when they were on a way Forrest and Jenny reached to the house where she used to live in her childhood and that made her remembered how hurtful her childhood was.
To release her anger she started throwing her shoes and rocks at the house yelling “How dare you” and “How could you.” And in this process Forrest came to know of what Jenny was going throw and told her that “Sometimes there are not enough rocks.” They shared each other’s company for few week and one fine evening Forrest proposes to Jenny to which Jenny said. “You don’t want to marry me” and Forrest exclaims that, “He is not a smart man, but he definitely know what love is” before stepping outside. That night they spend some time where Jenny tells him that she loves him too. The following morning she leaves in taxi.
Her departure crushes Forrest, and in utter pain and despair, Forrest Gump movie back and forth across the United States. When people he encounters ask him why he’s doing it, he just says that he felt like running — and he clearly does, since he doesn’t just run across the country once, but at least four times. A person whose words were used verbatim in the film when Forrest says “When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went.”
After some time Jenny writes a letter to Forrest asking him to meet her in Georgia. When he came to meet her, Jenny introduced her son Forrest Jr.to Forrest Gump and tells him that he is named after his father to which he says whether she know any other Forrest. Jenny told Forrest that he was the father. This sends him in a shock.
Later Jenny reveals that she was ill and was suffering from an unknown virus which has no cure. After which he asks Jenny and Forrest Jr. to live with him as he will take care of them. Jenny asked Forrest to marry her to which he agreed gladly and they both got married in Forrest’s house.
Jenny dies on March 22nd, 1982 (a Monday, but Forest mistakenly remembers it as a Saturday Morning). Her grave was placed under the oak tree from their childhood.
As Forrest leaves the grave, a flock of birds fly off. It is implied that at this moment, Forrest understands God has finally answered Jenny’s childhood prayer to be made a bird and fly away.
Quotes from Forrest Gump
Besides being a commercial success Forrest Gump movie gives a lot of inspiration and motivation to never sink into places that has no hope. The movie won six awards and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Forrest is a slow-witted guy, with a huge life story to tell. He never thought any less of himself than anybody else in life, and he recaps his whole life to any passersby.
Let us see some interesting quotes from Forrest Gump that will inspire you more.
- Life is like a chocolate box you will never know what you are going to get.
- Whatever God has given you, Do best with it.
- Don’t let any one other tell you that they are better than you.
- I wish dying was not a part of a life.
- Your destiny is figured out only by you. It’s in your hands.
- Miracles happen every day, they do happen but some thinks it doesn’t.
- Before you move on you need to put your past behind.
- 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.
- You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes.
- Men needs only one fortune the rest is just for showing off.
- You can’t just find a good friend around a corner.
- Be able to look back and say that you didn’t lead humdrum life.
- I pray because God can hear my prayers.
- I won’t be far if there’s anything you need.
- My magic shoes can take me to anywhere.
- Anyways what is normal?
- There aren’t enough rocks I guess.
We can all find something nostalgic in these quotes as they bring us an ironically inspirational precipice. And this can also inspire us in our life some or the other way. Just keep running until you don’t reach where you want to be or until you don’t get the answer for your problem. Lives happen and live according to the way you want it to be like. (quotes from Forrest Gump)
Forrest Gump took the world by storm in a story on the silver screen. The words of wisdom from the mouth of a very simple man echo in our minds and hearts today as well. Lessons are taught and motivation has provided. We all look for this only, something that gives us power to run again to stand up and try again.
Don’t worry its part of life we fall we rise; it’s the journey we go on.
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