Forrest Gump


(out of 5)

 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 (), 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.  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.

Paramount Pictures

USA, 1994

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1994

Golden Globe Awards 1994

National Board of Review Awards 1994.  

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