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FORREST GUMP (1994)
#71 on the AFI Top 100. Fouteen Oscar nominations; six wins (Best Picture, Best Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Director, Film Editing, and Visual Effects).
Director Robert Zemickis' FORREST GUMP, is a sweeping epic that never lose sight of the humans in the landscape.
"Stupid is as stupid
Best Picture Oscar Winner / Best Picture Index
This film won the Oscar for Best Picture for 1994. Under the gifted direction of Robert Zemeckis, this brilliant, poignant, well-paced, powerful film tells the moving tale of a mildly retarded boy, Forrest Gump (Michael Conner Humphreys & Tom Hanks), raised by his loving, devoted but unconventional mother, who grows up and manages to go everywhere, and meet everyone, including Elvis Presley, JFK, and John Lennon. Gump sees the world through three strong forces in his life; God, his mother, and Jenny, who was his life long friend, whom he dearly loved.
The film starts off with Forrest's childhood, his experiences he went through, how he met Jenny, how he got into college, his experiences in the Army in Viet Nam, and his adventures after he came home. As he goes through his life, he accidentally has experiences with famous people, and experiences famous moments in history. His true love, Jenny, comes in and out of his life, as she tries to overcome the scars of her traumatic childhood home life with an alcoholic father, with despicable habits.
The moving script, by Eric Roth, was adapted
from the novel by Winston Groom. Throughout the movie, the script
ponders the question: Are the events / occurrences in one's
life just an accident, like a feather in the wind, or are they
the result of personal destiny? Or, does one make his/her own
destiny, using what God gave each person?
In addition to Hanks amazing performance, he gets great support from the other players.
Robin Wright plays the emotionally troubled Jenny, who as a child, (played by Hannah Miller) was described as having "the sweetest voice in the whole world."
Robin and Tom had terrific screen chemistry, getting a lot of mileage out of the material written in this fine screenplay, by Eric Roth. They provide the audience with fine, dramatic moments in the story. My favorite sequence of scenes starts when they unexpectedly run into each other in Washington D.C., in a most creative way.
Gary Sinise is a revelation as Gump's Vietnam era superior officer, and friend, Lieutenant Dan Taylor, who goes through a variety changes as the war and life in general throws trials and obstacles in his life.
Mykelti Williamson is endearing as Hanks' shrimp obsessed, Army buddy, Benjamin "Bubba" Bufford-Blue who asks Forrest to be his business partner, after they get back to the states, when their tour of duty is over. Unfortunately, he dies in Forrest's arms, but Forrest doesn't forget their partnership plans, and carries on down the road.
Sally Field excels as Hanks loving mother, determined that he be treated like anyone else, so he would reach his full potential."You have to do the best with what God gave you." Because of her efforts, and her guidance Forrest does wind up using what God did give him, to the best of his ability.
The film's soundtrack is wonderful. It's like
an audio trip through some of the best loved music of the '60's