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  • Manufacturer: Paramount
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  • Model #71594

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    (Manufacturer # 71594 )

    Plot
      "Stupid is as stupid does," says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) 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 as Forrest's mother; Gary Sinise as his commanding officer in Vietnam; Mykelti Williamson as his ill-fated Army buddy who is familiar with every recipe that involves shrimp; and the special effects artists whose digital magic place Forrest amidst a remarkable array of historical events and people. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Comedy Drama
    Movie Level Themes
      Mothers and Sons, Unrequited Love, Rags To Riches, Saintly Fools
    Movie Level Tones
      Sentimental, Whimsical, Heartwarming, Nostalgic, Bittersweet, Earnest, Sweeping

    DVD Features

    • Disc 1: Commentary by Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Rick Carter
    • Commentary by Wendy Finerman
    • Musical Signposts to History HD
    • Disc 2: Grenbow Diary HD
    • The art of screenplay adaptation HD
    • Getting past impossible: Forrest Gump and the visual effects revolution
    • Little Forrest HD
    • An evening with Forrest Gump
    • The Magic of Makeup
    • Through the ears of Forrest Gump: Sound design
    • Building the world of Gump - Production design
    • Seeing is Believing - The visual effects of Forrest Gump
    • Screen tests
    Awards
    • 1994--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ken Ralston-Winner
    • 1994--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Stephen Rosenbaum-Winner
    • 1994--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hallie D'Amore-Nominee
    • 1994--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Judith A. Cory-Nominee
    AMG Rating

    Review

      Forrest Gump is the Baby Boom generation's tribute to itself, a panorama of American culture from the sleepy South of the 1950s to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. The film is a technical masterpiece, skillfully weaving together numerous cultural reference points, all without ever causing the audience to pause for thought. Director Robert Zemeckis and a team of top-notch special effects experts convincingly combined actors with archival footage so that Gump (Michael Conner Humphreys as a child and Tom Hanks as an adult) gets to interact with many famous personalities of the day. Of particular note are Gump's scenes at the University of Alabama, where Forrest meets then-governor George Wallace (via newsreel footage) and football coach Bear Bryant (actor Sonny Shroyer). Similarly outstanding are the sequences set in Vietnam and the later shrimpboat scenes with Gump's best friend (Gary Sinise), a legless war veteran. Forrest Gump won six Oscars, including Best Picture, over critical favorites Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption. An interesting sidelight to Hanks' Best Actor win is Jessica Lange's also set-in-Alabama Best Actress performance in Blue Sky in the same year. The wins, however, did not lead Hollywood to rush to set more films in the "Heart of Dixie" state. ~ Richard Gilliam, Rovi


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