Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump
Drama, Romance
1994

Director: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field, Mykelti Williamson, Sam Anderson, Margo Moorer, Peter Dobson, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Hanna Hall, Michael Conner Humphreys, Haley Joel Osment, Afemo Omilami, Aaron Izbicki, Michael Burgess, Steven Griffith

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hanks); Best Director (Robert Zemeckis); Best Adapted Screenplay (Eric Roth); Best Film Editing; Best Visual Effects

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gary Sinise); Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Sound; Best Sound Effects Editing; Best Makeup; Best Original Score (Alan Silvestri)

I First Saw In: c. 1995

Synopsis: Forrest Gump is accidentally present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.

Did You Know? There was no actual ball during the ping-pong sequences. The ball was entirely CGI, animated to meet the actors’ paddles.

Quotables: FORREST: I don’t know if we have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I think, maybe it’s both, maybe both is happening at the same time.

And now a Word from the Guise:
There’s a handful of people who think that Forrest Gump cheated either Pulp Fiction or The Shawshank Redemption out of Best Picture, but Forrest Gump is one of my favourite films of all time. He may not understand much about the world, but Forrest is a gentle spirit with a kind and generous heart. There’s not an ounce of cruelty or selfishness in him. He is the embodiment of humanity, the consummate underdog, and the person we should all aspire to be.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233