Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1994. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the novel by Winston Groom. Cinematography by Don Burgess. Produced by Wendy Finerman, Steve Starkey, Steve Tisch. Music by Alan Silvestri. Production Design by Rick Carter. Costume Design by Joanna Johnston. Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt.
Tom Hanks stars as a charming simpleton who manages to experience all the important events of the last half of the twentieth century without even realizing it: meeting Elvis and teaching him how to swing his hips, getting involved in the Vietnam war, becoming a ping-pong champion (that’s important?) and even starting the ‘Shit Happens’ logo trend (ditto). This is not all that significant to him, though; he’s looking to make a life with his lady-love (Robin Wright), a free spirit young woman who can never stay still long enough for Forrest to love her. Robert Zemeckis’ epic film is incredibly funny and even features a few touching moments, but for the most part it is racked up in its own self-importance and more often than not gets a bit too gooey for its own good. Sally Field is the best aspect of the film as Forrest’s loving mother, one who is willing to do anything for her son to get a fair crack at life.
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor (Tom Hanks); Best Director (Robert Zemeckis); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Visual Effects; Best Film Editing
Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Gary Sinise); Best Cinematography; Best Makeup; Best Art Direction; Best Sound; Best Sound Effects Editing; Best Original Score
Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Drama; Best Actor-Drama (Tom Hanks); Best Director (Robert Zemeckis)
Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Gary Sinise); Best Supporting Actress (Robin Wright Penn); Best Screenplay; Best Original Score
Screen Actors Guild Award: Best Actor (Tom Hanks)
Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Gary Sinise); Best Supporting Actress (Sally Field); Best Supporting Actress (Robin Wright)