A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes him. 'Forrest Gump' is the story of a man who rose above his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than ability.
|Release Date||:||July 6, 1994|
|Genres||:||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Production Company||:||Paramount Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Robert Zemeckis, Bruce Moriarty, Susan Malerstein, Cherylanne Martin|
|Writers||:||Winston Groom, Eric Roth|
|Casts||:||Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field, Michael Conner Humphreys, Hanna Hall, Haley Joel Osment, Siobhan Fallon, Afemo Omilami, Peter Dobson, Sonny Shroyer, George Kelly, Sam Anderson, Margo Moorer, Christopher Jones, Kevin Mangan, Brett Rice, Daniel C. Striepeke, David Brisbin, Kirk Ward, Marlena Smalls, Kitty K. Green, Mark Matheisen, Al Harrington, Jed Gillin, Don Fischer, Matt Wallace, Mike Jolly, Michael Kemmerling, John Voldstad, Daniel J. Gillooly, Michael Burgess, Steven Griffith, Michael McFall, Michael McFall, Byron Minns, Stephen Bridgewater, John William Galt, Isabel Rose, Richard D'Alessandro, Michael Jace, Geoffrey Blake, Vanessa Roth, Dick Cavett, Tiffany Salerno, Tiffany Salerno, Joe Alaskey, Lazarus Jackson, Lazarus Jackson, Nora Dunfee, Hallie D'Amore, Michael Mattison, Charles Boswell, Timothy McNeil, Bob Penny, Greg Brown, Troy Christian, Bryan Hanna, Zach Hanner, Aaron Michael Lacey, Jacqueline Lovell, Kurt Russell, Brendan Shanahan, William Shipman, Robb Skyler, Mary Ellen Trainor|
|Plot Keywords||:||vietnam veteran, hippie, mentally disabled, running, based on novel, nudity, vietnam, vietnam war, friendship, love, family relationships, bully, mother son relationship, military, hugging, shrimping, wounded soldier, medal of honor, flashback, park bench, amputee|
I believe everyone has a right to their opinion about films or other topics. However from a lot of the comments I have read about this film, I do not think many got the gist of the message from the author and the film maker. This film is a great modern fable, a fable in the dictionary is defined as a brief fictitious story that teaches a moral. There are many morals defined in this film but foremost is integrity and a simple goodness.
I have a half brother who grew up in the Southern U.S. and on one occasion we were discussing this film and he said he felt it portrayed Southerners as dimwitted. I disagreed with him and informed him that the author himself was a native Southerner. The setting is central to this story in that it lets the tale unfold tying in factual events with the fable before us.
The film is wonderfully directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is his opus and is acted by a great cast on all levels. From the children who were Forrest Gump and Gump Jr. by Haley Joel Osment. Say what you want but I feel Tom Hanks deserved the Oscar award. Gary Sinise is synonymous with Lt.Dan whenever you hear those words. Sally Fields is the loving dutiful mother in her challenging situation. Mykelti Williamson as Bubba gives you a real sense in the story that Gump had a genuine friend, he moves you with his character. Words don't grasp the full performance of Robin Wright Penn as Jenny. Jennys' tenderness and pain are palpable as exhibited by Wright.
I feel that much of Gumps' appeal is his downright sense of doing the right thing regardless of the people and situations around him and we see that in this film. That being the case maybe we all wish we could be just a little more like that, trying to maintain innate goodness and not the trade-offs we often make as we go down lifes highways.
The movie has it all too,drama,comedy and it challenges societal norms as well. Then there are the almost endless quotes from the movie that have slipped into everyday speech. They are too numerous to say at this point.One of the toppers for me in the movie is when Forrest is in a quandary about life and wondering as Lt.Dan said we all have a destiny and his Mom says it is where we are all just floating around like a feather in the wind. Forrest's character terms it very well with this quote,"I think it is a little bit of both." From my experiences in life it does appear to be that way. So if you have not seen the movie,see it soon you are in for a real treat. If you did not like it, give it a try again and hopefully you will see it for the great story it is!