Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
Plot: Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.
John Travolta was the first choice to play Forrest but turned the role down.
The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., which was invented for the movie, is now a real restaurant chain with 39 locations around the world.
Every time Forrest appears in a photo onscreen he has his eyes closed.
A sequel novel was published in 1995 and in 2001 Eric Roth, writer of the first movie, turned it into a screenplay. But Hanks and Zemeckis decided a follow-up would no longer be relevant.
Tom Hanks modeled his accent on the real life accent of Michael Connor Humphreys, the boy who played young Forrest Gump in the movie.
The line, “My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump,” considered as one of the iconic lines from the movie was thought up spontaneously by Tom Hanks while shooting the scene. The director liked it so much he decided to retain the line.
Forrest’s Washington D.C. speech scene is an important scene that furthers the narrative of the movie. Unfortunately, when Gump begins his speech, the microphone plug is pulled. The scene apparently has actual dialogue. Gump says, “Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.”
When Forrest first learns to play ping-pong in the infirmary. Another soldier tells him that the trick is to keep the eye on the ball. After that moment, Gump never blinks when he is shown playing ping-pong.
One of the most impressive scenes in the movie was Gump’s receiving Medal of Honor from President Lyndon Johnson for his actions in Vietnam. The clip uses the footage of actual ceremony for Sammy L. Davis, who was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 1968 by president Lyndon Johnson. Tom Hanks’ head was superimposed on Davis’ body by the CGI team.
Sally Field who plays Tom Hanks’ mother in the movie is only ten years older than him in real life.
It’s not specified in the film, but in the sequel book “Gump & Co” the author mentions that Jenny dies from Hepatitis C as a former drug addict in the early 70s. Hepatitis C was an unknown disease until 1989. She says in the movie that the doctors do not know what the virus is and that they can do nothing about it.
In October of 1994 Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption and Jurassic Park were all in theatres at the same time.
Winston Groom, the author of the original Forrest Gump book, didn’t receive a single cent in royalties for the money the film made ($677 million), because of Hollywood Accounting.
Kurt Russell reportedly provided the voice of Elvis Presley in the film, but was never credited.