Forrest Gump

November 18, 2013 - Comment

Stupid is as stupid does says Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ Gump leads a truly charmed life with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century.

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Stupid is as stupid does says Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ Gump leads a truly charmed life with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without trying Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance becomes a football star meets John F. Kennedy serves with honor in Vietnam meets Lyndon Johnson speaks at an anti-war rally at the Washington Monument hangs out with the Yippies defeats the Chinese national team in table tennis meets Richard Nixon discovers the break-in at the Watergate opens a profitable shrimping business becomes an original investor in Apple Computers and decides to run back and forth across the country for several years. Meanwhile as the remarkable parade of his life goes by Forrest never forgets Jenny (Robin Wright Penn) the girl he loved as a boy who makes her own journey through the turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s that is far more troubled than the path Forrest happens upon. Featured alongside Tom Hanks are Sally Field Gary Sinise and Mykelti Williamson.

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Thomas Magnum says:

Hanks is Brilliant Forrest Gump is a rare movie that succeeded on all levels. It was a box office smash ranking among the top five highest grossing movies of all time. But it was also a critical darling, garnering across the board praise and a truckload of awards. The movie became a cultural phenomenon, spawning cook books, quote books, a top ten soundtrack album and lines like “stupid is as stupid does” and “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” have permeated our dialect. The movie has a nostalgic, feel good vibe thanks to the dimwitted Forrest’s trek through 60’s and 70’s touchstone events. Underneath all those warm feelings lies a darkness. Bad things happen to just about everyone Forrest comes in contact with. His best friend Bubba is killed in Vietnam, his other friend Lt. Dan loses both his legs, his mother dies of cancer and his beloved Jenny dies of AIDS. Even the famous people Forrest comes across meet with disaster, President…

Roy Ho says:

A movie you don’t get to see nowdays. Forrest Gump is one of the best film of all time. Definitely the best Zemeckis’s work so far and he has put so much soul and depth to this 1994 Academy Award winning Best Picture. This movie portrays the life of a slow-witted character who gets embroiled in various ridiculous situations. He was a Vietnam war hero, received a congressional medal of honour, shook hands with many US Presidents and was a successful owner of a shrimp company. We get to see many world events through the eyes of a supposedly “dumb” character. The flow and pace of the movie was perfect as we ride through various historical events like the Vietnam War, assasination of JFK and the Watergate Scandal. Tom Hanks gave an undeniably wonderful performance as Forrest and truly deserves the Oscar that he earned. Gary Sinise gave a superb performance as Lieutenant Dan in the movie. Even though he was only nominated and did not win anything, I felt he really deserves the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The…

Eric says:

Forrest Gump is a magical, moving, and funny film 1994 featured the two most interesting central characters to ever grace the silver screen. They were Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption) and Forrest Gump, played respectively by Tim Robbins and Tom Hanks. Both films from which the characters originate I consider to be in the top five best movies of all time and it’s the actors that makes the characters come to life that makes the films so magnificent.

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