Forrest Gump

Paramount Released 1994




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Robert Zemeckis

Forrest Gump grew up in Greenbow, Alabama, with his single Mama, as the dumb slow kid with leg braces from a case of polio. On his first day of school he befriends young Jenny and the two become inseparable. When his braces fall off during his high school years, Gump realizes that he can run incredibly fast. Gump's running gets him through much of his life as he earns a full college scholarship for football and goes all-American, earns the medal of honor for saving his troupe from napalm blasts in Vietnam by outrunning the blasts, fame as he runs from coast to coast after his Mama dies. Forrest's incredible journey grants him several honors including meeting several presidents, meeting John Lennon, being one of the first Americans to enter China, becoming the CEO of a billion dollar business, and many more. His many adventures and accomplishments lead him to his true love Jenny.


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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Here is a list of celebrities Forrest meets and where he meets them:

      -Elvis Presley; he met him at his house in the guest room when he teaches Elvis the famous hip swivel (which Elvis does on TV later).

      -Coach Bear Bryant; he met him at the University of Alabama where he sees him run really fast and selects him for the Alabama football team.

      -President John F. Kennedy; he met him at the White House with the All-American football team. He embarrasses himself by telling President Kennedy "I have to pee" after drinking 15 Dr. Peppers.

      -President Lyndon B. Johnson; he met him when President Johnson gave him the Medal Of Honor in the U.S army for saving many soldiers in Vietnam. He embarrasses himself again by showing his wound in the buttocks.

      -President Richard M. Nixon; he met him with the All-American ping-pong team, when President Nixon gives him a suite in the Watergate hotel, and he makes a phone call about flashlights in another suite. This is the Watergate scandal, which caused President Nixon to resign.

      -John Lennon; he met him on The Dick Cavett Show after going to China to play ping-pong. He inspires John Lennon to write the song "Imagine" from his description of China (no possessions, no religion).

      -Dick Cavett; he met him when he went on The Dick Cavett Show to be interviewed about China, alongside former Beatle, John Lennon.

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    • Production budget - $55,000,000
      Domestic gross - $329,694,499 (1st)
      Worldwide gross - $677,387,716 (2nd)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $643,614,142
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $1,322,364,536

    • Filming locations:
      Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California
      Beaufort, South Carolina
      Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
      Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Montana
      Bluff Plantation, Yemassee, South Carolina
      Chippewa Square, Savannah, Georgia
      East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, California
      Flagstaff, Arizona
      Fripp Island, South Carolina
      Glacier National Park, Montana
      Grandfather Mountain, Linville, North Carolina
      Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Washington, District of Columbia
      Marks Hall, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
      Monument Valley, Utah
      Orange, California
      Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Pemaquid, Maine
      Port Clyde, Maine
      Pritchardville, South Carolina
      Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California
      Savannah, Georgia
      The Ebell of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
      Twin Arrows, Arizona
      University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
      Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, Utah
      Varnville, South Carolina

    • Taglines:
      1. The story of a lifetime.
      2. Life is like a box of never know what you're gonna get.
      3. The world will never be the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump.

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Best Picture
      2. Actor - Tom Hanks
      3. Director - Robert Zemeckis
      4. Writing
      5. Editing
      6. Effects

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Supporting Actor -  Gary Sinise (won by Martin Landau for Ed Wood)
      2. Cinematography
      3. Art Direction
      4. Sound
      5. Special Effects
      6. Makeup
      7. Original Score

      Golden Globes Wins:
      1. Supporting Actress -  Robin Wright (won by Dianne Wiest for Bullets Over Broadway)
      2. Supporting Actor -  Gary Sinise (won by Martin Landau for Ed Wood)
      3. Screenplay
      4. Original Score

      BAFTA Wins:
      1. Special Effects

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Actor - Tom Hanks
      2. Supporting Actress - Sally Field
      3. Adapted Screenplay
      4. Cinematography
      5. Editing
      6. Best Film
      7. David Lean Award - Robert Zemeckis

      Golden Globes Wins:
      1. Director - Robert Zemeckis
      2. Actor - Tom Hanks
      3. Best Drama

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      1. Screenplay
      2. Original Score
      3. Supporting Actor - Gary Sinise (won by Martin Landau for Ed Wood)
      4. Supporting Actress - Robin Wright (won by Dianne Wiest for Bullets Over Broadway)

      Grammy Nominations:
      1. Best Instrumental -
      "I'm Forrest... Forrest Gump (The Feather Theme)"

    • Music:
      Lovesick Blues
      by Cliff Friend & Irving Mills
      Performed by Hank Williams
      Hound Dog
      by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
      Performed by Elvis Presley
      by Duane Eddy & Lee Hazlewood
      Performed by Duane Eddy
      (I Don't Know Why) But I Do
      by Paul Gayten & Robert Charles Guidry
      Performed by Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
      Walk Right In
      by Hosea Woods, Gus Cannon, Bill Svanoe & Erik Darling
      Performed by The Rooftop Singers
      Sugar Shack
      by Keith McCormack & Fay Voss
      Performed by Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs
      Paramount Newsreel Music
      by Alessandro Cicognini, Sammy Fain, Jay Gorney, E.Y. Harburg, Elsie Janis, Irving Kahal & Jack King
      by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
      Pomp And Circumstance
      by Edward Elgar
      Performed by Dresden Philharmonic
      Conducted by Herbert Kegel
      Hanky Panky
      by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich
      Performed by Tommy James & The Shondells
      Blowin' In The Wind
      by Bob Dylan
      Land Of 1000 Dances
      by Chris Kenner
      Performed by Wilson Pickett
      Fortunate Son
      by John Fogerty
      Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
      I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
      by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland
      Performed by The Four Tops
      Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
      Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
      Sloop John B
      by Brian Wilson
      Performed by The Beach Boys
      All Along The Watchtower
      by Bob Dylan
      Performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
      Soul Kitchen
      Written and Performed by The Doors
      California Dreamin'
      by John Phillips & Michelle Phillips
      Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
      For What It's Worth
      by Stephen Stills
      Performed by Buffalo Springfield
      What The World Needs Now Is Love
      Music by Burt Bacharach
      Lyrics by Hal David
      Performed by Jackie DeShannon
      Webster's Boomer
      by David Michael Frank
      Hello, I Love You
      Written and Performed by The Doors
      People Are Strange
      Written and Performed by The Doors
      Break On Through (To The Other Side)
      Written and Performed by The Doors
      Mrs. Robinson
      by Paul Simon
      Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
      by Marty Balin & Paul Kantner
      Performed by Jefferson Airplane
      Hey Joe
      by Billy Roberts
      Performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
      Where Have All The Flowers Gone
      by Pete Seeger
      Let's Get Together
      by Chet Powers
      Performed by The Youngbloods
      San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)
      by John Phillips
      Performed by Scott McKenzie
      Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)
      adaption and music by Pete Seeger
      Performed by The Byrds
      Lyrics by James Rado, Gerome Ragni
      Music by Galt MacDermot
      Performed by The 5th Dimension
      Joy To The World
      by Hoyt Axton
      Performed by Three Dog Night
      Everybody's Talkin'
      by Fred Neil
      Performed by Harry Nilsson
      Silent Night
      Music by Franz Gruber
      Arranged by Les Brown
      Stoned Love
      by Frank E. Wilson & Kenny Thomas
      Performed by The Supremes
      Thanks For The Memory
      Music by Ralph Rainger
      Lyrics by Leo Robin
      Love Her Madly
      Written and Performed by The Doors
      Let's Work Together
      by Wilbert Harrison
      Performed by Canned Heat
      Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
      Music by Burt Bacharach
      Lyrics by Hal David
      Performed by B.J. Thomas
      Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree
      by L. Russell Brown & Irwin Levine
      Performed by Tony Orlando & Dawn
      Jesus On The Mainline
      Arranged by Alan Silvestri
      Soloist: Donny Gerrard
      Get Down Tonight
      by Harry Wayne Casey & Richard Finch
      Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
      Free Bird
      by Allen Collins & Ronnie Van Zant
      Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      My Rock
      Arranged by Paul Owens
      Soloist: Oren Waters
      Sweet Home Alabama
      by Ronnie Van Zant, Edward King & Gary Rossington
      Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Plant My Feet On Higher Ground
      by Ruth E. David
      I've Got A New Home
      Arranged by Marlena Smalls
      It Keeps You Runnin'
      by Michael McDonald
      Performed by The Doobie Brothers
      Running On Empty
      Written and Performed by Jackson Browne
      I've Got To Use My Imagination
      by Gerry Goffin & Barry Goldberg
      Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
      Go Your Own Way
      by Lindsey Buckingham
      Performed by Fleetwood Mac
      Against The Wind
      Written by Bob Seger
      Performed by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
      On The Road Again
      Written and Performed by Willie Nelson
      Performed by Aretha Franklin
      Written by Otis Redding
      Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)
      Written and Performed by Randy Newman


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