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Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump from 1994

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Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Produced by
Screenplay by Eric Roth
Based on Forrest Gump
by Winston Groom
Starring
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Don Burgess
Edited by Arthur Schmidt
Production
company
The Tisch Company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • June 23, 1994 (Los Angeles)
  • July 6, 1994 (United States)
Running time
142 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $55 million
Box office $683.1 million

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth. It is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom and stars Tom HanksRobin WrightGary SiniseMykelti Williamson and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump (Hanks), a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama who witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th century United States. The film differs substantially from the novel.

Principal photography took place between August and December 1993, mainly in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Extensive visual effects were used to incorporate Hanks into archived footage and to develop other scenes. The soundtrack features songs reflecting the different periods seen in the film.

Forrest Gump was released in the United States on July 6, 1994 and received praise for Zemeckis’s direction, performances, visual effects, music, and screenplay. The film was an enormous success at the box office; it became the top-grossing film in America released that year and earned over US$677 million worldwide during its theatrical run, making it the second highest-grossing film of 1994, behind The Lion King. The soundtrack sold over 12 million copies. Forrest Gump won six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing. It received many award nominations, including Golden GlobesBritish Academy Film Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Varying interpretations have been made of the protagonist and the film’s political symbolism. In 2011, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Critical reception

Forrest Gump received generally positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 71% of critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 7.50/10, based on 103 reviews. The website’s critical consensus states, “Forrest Gump may be an overly sentimental film with a somewhat problematic message, but its sweetness and charm are usually enough to approximate true depth and grace.” At the website Metacritic, the film earned a rating of 82 out of 100 based on 20 reviews by mainstream critics, indicating “universal acclaim”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare “A+” grade.

The story was commended by several critics. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “I’ve never met anyone like Forrest Gump in a movie before, and for that matter I’ve never seen a movie quite like ‘Forrest Gump.’ Any attempt to describe him will risk making the movie seem more conventional than it is, but let me try. It’s a comedy, I guess. Or maybe a drama. Or a dream. The screenplay by Eric Roth has the complexity of modern fiction…The performance is a breathtaking balancing act between comedy and sadness, in a story rich in big laughs and quiet truths…What a magical movie.” Todd McCarthy of Variety wrote that the film “has been very well worked out on all levels, and manages the difficult feat of being an intimate, even delicate tale played with an appealingly light touch against an epic backdrop.” The film did receive notable pans from several major reviewers. Anthony Lane of The New Yorker called the film “Warm, wise, and wearisome as hell.” Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly said that the film was “glib, shallow, and monotonous” and “reduces the tumult of the last few decades to a virtual-reality theme park: a baby-boomer version of Disney’s America.”

Gump garnered comparisons to fictional character Huckleberry Finn, as well as U.S. politicians Ronald ReaganPat Buchanan and Bill Clinton. Peter Chomo writes that Gump acts as a “social mediator and as an agent of redemption in divided times”. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called Gump “everything we admire in the American character – honest, brave, and loyal with a heart of gold.” The New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin called Gump a “hollow man” who is “self-congratulatory in his blissful ignorance, warmly embraced as the embodiment of absolutely nothing.” Marc Vincenti of Palo Alto Weekly called the character “a pitiful stooge taking the pie of life in the face, thoughtfully licking his fingers.” Bruce Kawin and Gerald Mast‘s textbook on film history notes that Forrest Gump’s dimness was a metaphor for glamorized nostalgia in that he represented a blank slate onto which the Baby Boomer generation projected their memories of those events.

The film is commonly seen as a polarizing one for audiences, with Entertainment Weekly writing in 2004, “Nearly a decade after it earned gazillions and swept the Oscars, Robert Zemeckis’s ode to 20th-century America still represents one of cinema’s most clearly drawn lines in the sand. One half of folks see it as an artificial piece of pop melodrama, while everyone else raves that it’s sweet as a box of chocolates.”

Forrest Gump’s One-Star Reviews from IMDb

The most overrated and one of the worst films out there

Plassainsnaam 20 March 2021

A stupid bland story and third class acting,this is type of movie that makes u open a dozen accounts to do some justice to the rating

0 out of 6 found this helpful.

trash

Campbelladam-22910 18 March 2021

Literally trash. couldn’t sit through the whole thing.

1 out of 8 found this helpful.

Bland, over rated, predictable

Thomas-korn 11 March 2021

Meh. I honestly don’t see what the fuss is over this pile of mediocrity.

0 out of 3 found this helpful.

Watch Rain Man instead

Tricycle_Thief 19 February 2021

I ain’t no American . . I do feel that a proportion of TV and Movie ‘Opium’ – from the 1950s to modern-day – in which Hollywood portrays America as disfunctional must be genuine.

I Love Lucy, through to The Dukes Of Hazzard to Meet The Fockers, Police Academy, Airplane and many other documentaries all paint a picture of a country in which smart people are too smart for their own good and the ‘average’ American is stupid.

It’s not as though there is any witty irony in all of these travesties, there aint. What there is, is a sence of self-deprecation.

Come on Hollywood – and America – you’re better than this!

I thought this film would be like Rain Man (which I hated at first but came to like) but it’s just a cow pat in comparison.

0 out of 4 found this helpful.

Most overrated movie of all time

J-lennerth 7 February 2021

The 90s were filled will so many classic, beautifully made and told stories on film. Forest Gump plays into every simple minded trope that, then and in retrospect, is a pretty horrible movie. It’s so self aware and self contrived. The Oscars are garbage too. ’94 best pic shouod easily have gone to 1) Pulp Fiction or Shawshank Redemption and if neither of those, Quiz Show. Not one person talks about Forest Gump nor regards it as the best or one of the best of the 90s. Pulp Fiction, on the other hand was made for around $8 mill and grossed over $100 million. Shawshank is just a cinematic fest, from acting, cinematography, to directing. Alas Oscars are garbage for the most pc movies. Amongst the only 90s movies it got right we’re American Beauty, Silence of the Lambs, Braveheart, and my 2nd fav movie- The English Patient.

0 out of 5 found this helpful.

No Gump-tion

Amcbzarag 19 December 2020

How this movie would make anyone either laugh or cry is beyond me. I normally turn off a movie after 20 minutes if it’s not doing it for me. I gave it 45 because of it’s reputation, it didn’t improve. Hanks’ put on accent comes across as false and extremely irritating. If a movie is going to move me it needs to wrench me – like Requiem For A Dream or Breaking The Waves, for example. I felt nothing but boredom.

2 out of 15 found this helpful.

Never watch

Gkhoztas 12 November 2020

I could not endure to end the film. it is totally absurd. Not understandable how it takes such this point from imdb

2 out of 14 found this helpful.

Tom Hanks performance in this movie is ridiculous

Jmacpep 29 July 2020

His accent mannerisms and performance was just plain unbelievably bad.

2 out of 15 found this helpful.

Most overrated movie of all time TERRIBLE!!

Joiningjt 5 July 2020

Tom Hanks won the academy award when it easily should have been Kevin bacon for murder in the first!! Dont believe me I dare you to watch it and NOT agree!! Hanks portrayal of gump was mediocre at best, Jerry Lewis could have done better. Life is like a box of chocolates , r u kidding???? That’s famous??? Easily most OVERRATED movie ever!!!!

2 out of 10 found this helpful.

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One of the worst movies movies of all time.

Peter_davies 21 June 2020

And, definitely THE worst movie that most people liked!

Absolute rubbish.

2 out of 18 found this helpful.

Go elsewhere

Paul-596-768402 8 March 2020

This would have to be the worst film to have ever one an Oscar. Mind numbingly boring and stupid all rolled in one.

3 out of 13 found this helpful.

What was the Actual Purpose of the Movie.!?

FirstShirt 2 January 2020

Evidently part of the mileau of making Fun or Critisizing Vietnam Veterans as “Baby Killers”…..!! Forrest Gump is a Vietnam Veteran of Low IQ…!! Are they trying to say All Vietnam Veterans were….?? Uses the Usual Cliches about the war; so provides nothing new. One might as well make a movie Critical of the Korean War…..!!?? The movie should rate Less than one star; but gets credit for Gary Sinese and his Lt. Dan Band who entertains the troops in the current war zones and flys veterans kids to Disney World.

2 out of 13 found this helpful.

WTF

Junkjunkrepo 6 September 2019

This movie is a disaster, an absolute travesty. How could the people involved watch the final product and think it was ok for a worldwide release? The acting: awful the script: lazy and uninteresting the cinematography and effects: bland and boring The fact that this movie is revered as a classic is beyond me. This movie is totally incompetent in every way, shape, and form; and don’t even get me started on how these characters are written, horrendous.

3 out of 23 found this helpful.

Terrible movie – way over-rated

Genealogyextra 22 June 2019

I hated this movie. It was too over of the top and unbelievable. Even if it had been presented as fantasy, it was a bad movie. How it ever won Academy Awards I have no idea. Probably the most over-rated movie of all time.

2 out of 21 found this helpful.

Objectionable tripe

Robgordon-88019 19 June 2019

The message of this film seems to be that the way to successfully negotiate the world is to be as ignorant as possible – thought and intelligence are the enemies to happiness. As a teacher I find this reactionary twaddle, designed to encourage people to be humble and know their place, acutely antithetical to everything I believe in.

7 out of 18 found this helpful.

the most overrated movie of all time

Scarecrow72 27 March 2019

This has to be the most overrated movie of all time. How it won Best Picture over Shawhank Redemption is a mystery. I was bored with this movie. If it had been presented as a fantasy that everything that happened was only in his mind, it *might* have been worth rating as a 2, but it was still a terrible movie. One of the worst movies ever made.

2 out of 13 found this helpful.

FORREST GUMP SHRIMP WHAT?????

Hotwheelerd 2 October 2018

All I want is a Box of Chocolates. Really come on PEOPLE. THIS MOVIE WAS KIND OF REALLY SAPPY, BORING, SLOW PASSED, AND KIND OF BORING. LIKE COME ON HOW REALLY IS THAT TALENTED. IF HE WAS SO SMART HE WOULD OF BEEN SMART ENOUGH NOT TO WHAT FOR JENNY. SHE WAS WILD AND CRAZY. IN MY OPION I DON’T THINK SHE REALLY LOVED HIM. JUST POOR AND HAD NO WERE ELSE TO GO. AND KNEW HE WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO TAKE HER.

2 out of 13 found this helpful.

I hate Forrest Gump!

Amyth47 14 September 2018

My Rating : 0/10

 

The most overrated piece of garbage. I hate this movie with a passion like no other. I also hate people who like this movie.

 

And this won over the Oscar for the best film over Shawshank Redemption is beyond me. I just want to end this review by saying I hate FORREST GUMP.

4 out of 26 found this helpful.

My reason why this movie is trash and it sucks

Notsafeforworkisbad 26 August 2017

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I don’t really want everyone to like this movie. It is very horrible, the film is boring, it is too upsetting and it is definitely not funny and a HUGE waste of time.

 

Screw this piece of garbage! Forrest Gump should also have won Golden Raspberry Awards instead of Academy Awards. This is the wrong movie to win Academy Awards! Plus, all the genres listed on IMDb are completely incorrect! Somebody should remove the Comedy genre and replace it for the History genre instead, because this looks like a historical film than a comedy film.

3 out of 16 found this helpful.

Why I hate this movie

Atluszachary 28 July 2017

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The reason why Forrest Gump sucks because I think it is one of the worst movies that they have ever made. I don’t think Comedy is an appropriate genre for this film. I wish a lot of people would hate this stupid film. The reason why I actually hate this film because it is too boring.

 

Another reason why I want people to hate this film is because the picture is rubbish, the cast and crew should not have won any Academy Awards, and nobody should ever like this stupid film. Rate this film 1/10, please.

5 out of 25 found this helpful.

The most overrated movie I’ve seen.

Kelpiedog 2 May 2017

A trite and pointless waste of time. We are supposed to relate to his simplistic view of the world but it is extremely hard to care. The more the film goes on the more annoying the character becomes. So many people recommended the film as an uplifting experience but I found it dark and depressing. Hanks was hugely lauded for his performance yet the role required little range. If over the top fairy tales about the mentally handicapped are your cup of tea then you may find the movie enjoyable.

5 out of 21 found this helpful.

Just because Tom Hanks is in it that does not make it good.

Jacobjohntaylor1 23 September 2016

This movie as an awful story line. I think It got an 8.8 because Tom Hanks is in it. Real it is an awful movie. 1 give it out 10 because it is crap. This movie so awful. Do not see it. It is a big pile of pooh pooh. Just do not see it. It is noting but hype. That is all it is. I do not no why people like this movie. It is so boring. It has some good actor. But it is so boring. I do not why people like it. The story line is so stinky. This is just crap. Crap crap crap. I can believe how popular this crap is. I think it got a I have never seen such a boring pile of crap in my life. The only Oscar this movie should have gotten was Oscar the grouch. Do not wast your time. And do not wast your money. Do not see this awful movie.

8 out of 25 found this helpful.

The best movie I’ve ever seen

Naywunnthu 18 April 2016

The film “Forrest Gump  is about a simple man’s journey through complicated times. Forrest is played with the grace of a tightrope walker by Tom Hanks. He (Gump) is mildly retarded; he has an IQ of 75 at the movie’s start and stays pretty much on that level all the way through. His trove of facts increases, but his basic methodology of handling the world never changes. As a boy, with braces on his legs, he peers at life and expects little more than to be heard and acknowledged, and the first person aside from his doting mother to do that with him is his lifelong love, Jenny (Robin Wright). Then one day the braces come off, more or less by accident, and Forrest discovers he can run like hell. He couples that with advice from Jenny (that the best thing to do when you’re in trouble is just run) and this becomes the big asset that gets him through college on a football scholarship. And the one thing that gets him through Vietnam, allowing him to save most of his platoon and receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Although he rescues his platoon leader (Gary Sinise), the man has nothing but rancor and bitterness, since he lost his legs, while Gump only got shot in the rear. After Vietnam, Gump goes on to be the captain of a shrimp boat, a Ping-Pong champion, a multi-millionaire, and a cross-country runner. The sly thing about the movie is the way he just sort of backs into everything, doing what comes naturally, and is even happy when nothing happens. All he wants out of life is the love of a woman, even.

5 out of 17 found this helpful.

Forrest Gump as a Horror Movie

Poorly written, and horrendous acting.

Rinna-loves-you 29 March 2015

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This movie is unrealistic and personally I didn’t enjoy it in the slightest. I hate this movie and have never been impressed. There are plot holes and many scenes where you just want to punch the main characters. The script is atrocious and the acting is horrendous. I have never been more disappointed in a movie. This movie is thought to be touching and classic, but all you see is Tom Hanks and a lot of pointless of love. For once the movie focuses on male love rather than female but it never shows real love. Basically if given the chance I would take this movie off the market because it sets such unrealistic ideas for society.

11 out of 29 found this helpful.

A travesty

Bandw 14 March 2014

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There are many ways that this movie turned my stomach. The idea that a mentally challenged man can achieve such successes in life pushed me way beyond my ability to suspend disbelief. Just one example among many: was I supposed to believe that Gump could be a successful football player on the University of Alabama team? How did he even get into the university? Given the tone of the movie I doubt that this was meant as a sarcastic comment on the intelligence of college football players, but that is how I saw it. It’s an insult to real players who have worked hard to get on a team.

 

All right, so I should just view this as some feel-good fantasy, yes? But there were some scenes that were played for real: Gump’s buddy in the Vietnam war being fatally shot in the guts, his girl friend dying of AIDS, his mother dying of cancer. Such mixtures of realism and fantasy have never worked for me.

 

Putting the above matters aside, there are more serious concerns. The message of this movie, that being mentally challenged is only a minor impediment to achieving great successes in life, is objectionable. How are parents dealing with the real problems that mentally challenged children have in this world supposed to react to this message? Or the mentally challenged themselves? Or everybody else for that matter.

 

I was highly offended by this movie.

16 out of 38 found this helpful.

The most over-rated movie of all time

Scarecrow72 2 November 2013

I would give this movie a negative 10 if I could. It was one of the few movies I’ve ever seen that I absolutely HATED. There are a lot of movies that are bad, but I don’t “hate” them. This movie I absolutely detest. Nothing about the movie is believable. Some people have told me, and some of the reviews say that it’s not meant to be real, but viewed as a fable. It doesn’t work on that level either.

 

I’ve read reviews that said they rarely cry at movies, but this one had them bawling. I’m the opposite, I often easily cry at movies, but the only emotional feeling this movie left me with was relief it was over. There was no emotional attachment to any of the characters.

 

The real kicker is that this film won best picture and best actor over “The Shawshank Redemption” and Morgan Freeman. At least the overall IMDb readers got it right. TSR is the best movie of all time.

8 out of 22 found this helpful.

Disgusting

Lmcgs 3 July 2013

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An idiot young guy will run and run and run again for everything. He will run when he live any problem.

 

And finally he will be very smart man and role modal for peoples. So if you are an idiot you can run for be a smart man.

 

Who can like a story like that?

 

Peoples think so cute about that. They are looking that movie, like a funny cat videos. But i can’t.

 

Fortunately i’m not alone.

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/reviews?filter=hate

 

So only waste of time.

5 out of 27 found this helpful.

Fostering Junk

Angelicseven 31 July 2012

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I was shock with disbelief when I saw the top movie of that year was Forest Gump (1994) instead of Angels In The Outfield (1994) which was second from the bottom. It was as though society was sucking up to trash. I don’t care who puts this movie up as something it is fact not worth watching, as most of it was boring, not very entertaining and certainly not funny. There’s nothing interesting about a nerdy Peter Pan adult whose stupidity can easily be taken advantage of. I see nothing morally right about someone showing their bare buttocks. I got the impression that whoever came up with this concept really didn’t have any good ideas and just slap this together to throw at the audience, just to make a buck. There’s nothing worse than insulting the audience intelligence. The only drama in it is the unpredictability of what this wacko character would do while loose in the community. If running you through different scenes/locations is adventure, then that has certainly taken a back seat.

8 out of 24 found this helpful.

One of the WORST movies of all time

Mailtrain 27 July 2012

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I am baffled by the reviewers who like this movie. I absolutely hated it and I am only writing this review in hopes that someone will read it and AVOID watching this worthless film. IMDb requires film reviews to have a minimum length of 10 lines, so I must say more about the movie. My intelligence was insulted in that the film tries to rewrite history by showing Forrest Gump meeting with American presidents (POTUS). Not just one American president, which would be hard to believe in itself, considering Gump’s obnoxious stupidity, but instead the film shows Gump meeting with three American presidents in his lifetime. The rest of the movie is just as unbelievable and ridiculous.

5 out of 26 found this helpful.

Young dolt is showered with unmerited and unachieved blessings demonstrating that “ignorance is bliss”—Not

Jbspurr 9 September 2010

“Forrest Gump” professes to be all about innocence, but is certainly the most pernicious highly popular movie of my lifetime, whose subtext is the message that there is something virtuous about invincible ignorance, which will be rewarded in all sorts of improbable and arbitrary ways. An exercise from beginning to end in magical thinking, the movie undermines the manifest fact that achievements in life should and must be earned, and that understanding proceeds from knowledge, which must, in turn, be gained through education, the broader the better. “Forrest Gump” was the perfect vehicle for the reactionary Reagan era, with its “what me worry”, feel-good-about-America message, regardless of what we were (and are) doing, and however much suffering we may countenance or cause (whether in Vietnam, Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Angola, or Iraq, then or now). The movie was also a major piece of propaganda in the then new revisionism regarding the Vietnam War that began under Reagan, depicting anti-war activists as the perfect fit for that most tenacious of “urban legends”, the spat upon veteran (the only people who spat upon the veterans were the Johnson and Nixon regimes that put them in harm’s way, and then dumped them on the streets without providing any transitional or sustained support before PTSD was fully acknowledged as a consequence of trauma in combat). This movie is also a perfect fit for the kind of know-nothing nativism expressed by the likes of Sarah Palin and the “Tea Party” movement, and thus a sad commentary on the present condition of life in America as well. It is not a “Candide” for our time.

25 out of 60 found this helpful.

The apex of Hollywood trash

Noah7501 19 June 2010

This movie, nothing more than a cheesy scenes needlessly thrown together, truly has no heart or point to it, and is among the worst that I have seen. It attempts to do everything without focusing its attempts. Just like the way that a person who tries to multitask only does a semi-good job on either task, this movie does no good job at anything. If the movie were sped up, it would seem like a parody of Hollywood films. I am honestly shocked that anyone enjoyed this film. Not only did the Oscars like it, they liked it more than “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Pulp Fiction”, both among the best movies of all time,and both released in the same year.

50 out of 126 found this helpful.

I Bet George W Bush Loved It.

Prichards12345 2 April 2010

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Forrest Gump is the story of a guy with a low IQ and his journey through life, encompassing the homespun apple pie America of the 50s when everything was rosy and American interventionism led the world against the evil Communists, the horrible 60s when those nasty dirty hippies tried to usurp American Interventionism and God-given right to invade other people by protesting against the Vietnam War. (Shock, horror, Nixon was right all along!) and the crisis-torn 70s, when all those nasty hippies were now drug-addicted Aids carriers that caused American Interventionism and God-given etc, etc.

 

You get the point. The issues raised in the movie were far more complex than the mindset on display here, with good and bad on both sides of the argument. America is a wonderful country with wonderful people, but it can’t feel good about itself so the film-makers just rewrite history so it CAN feel good about itself. It takes more than a movie of course but apparently people want to be convinced that Interventionism is not such a bad idea; still working well, isn’t it? Gump’s a decent guy, of course. He isn’t judgemental for one thing. Perhaps if we were all afflicted with similar IQs no one would question anything, and American Interventionsm etc etc….

 I liked Gary Sinise’s performance as the war veteran amputee, just another decent guy who has every reason to feel bitter. Pity the movie then has his character rounding on the left-wing draft dodgers and hippie protesters who didn’t go to Vietnam, but tried to stop the conflict; perhaps he would better off rounding on the people who sent him there in the first place???

This is a great movie for reactionaries. “God damn it, I told ya that was the way it was!” Bet they all give it a 10.

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