Forrest Gump is a 1994 comedy-drama film starring Tom Hanks as the title character, Sally Field as Mrs. Gump, Gary Sinise as Lieutenant Daniel "Dan" Taylor and Robin Wright as Jenny Curran (later Gump) and a young Haley Joel Osment as Forrest, Jr. The film is based on the 1986 book of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was released on July 6, 1994.
Forrest Gump (Hanks), a slow-witted young man from Alabama with an IQ of 75 tells about his life story and recalls things about his life, including his childhood, school, serving in the Vietnam War and befriending a young girl named Jenny. Forrest also meets various famous people including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.
Why It Rocks
- While Forrest is not a very smart man, he's rather nice and takes no nonsense from people who make fun of him for being mentally challenged.
- Forrest becomes somewhat more intelligent as he grows older.
- Jenny was a good wife to Forrest.
- There are plenty of scenes that are amusing and dramatic.
- Memorable music score by Alan Silvestri.
- This was the first time Tom Hanks had worked with Robert Zemeckis. Tom would later star in Cast Away and The Polar Express, both of which were also made by Robert Zemeckis.
- Bubba-Gump Shrimp Company became a real life seafood franchise due to the popularity of the film.
- Excellent usage of special effects for the archive footage.
The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences. The film currently holds a 71% "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes based on 86 reviews with an average of 7.2 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Forrest Gump may be an overly sentimental film with a somewhat problematic message, but its sweetness and charm are usually enough to approximate true depth and grace." Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film a "two thumbs up". Gene Siskel ranked the film at #6 for The Best Pictures of 1994 while Roger Ebert ranked it at #4 for Best Picture of 1994.
Awards and nominations
The film was nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actor for Gary Sinise. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1994, Best Actor for Tom Hanks and Best Director for Robert Zemeckis. A year before Hanks won the Academy Award for this film, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor in Philadelphia as Andrew Beckett.
There were at one time plans for a sequel to the film titled Gump & Co., which was a 1995 sequel to the first book. However, Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks expressed no interest in making the sequel and Winston Groom got into a fight with Paramount Pictures.