History Film / ForrestGump

17th Jun '17 4:09:49 PM Prinzenick
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** Early in the film, the stock footage of the Ku Klux Klan is recycled from ''[[Film/TheBirthOfANation1915 The Birth of a Nation]]''.
12th Jun '17 9:02:33 PM nombretomado
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Nominated for 13 {{Academy Award}}s, winning for Best Picture, Actor (Hanks), Director (Zemeckis), Adapted Screenplay (Eric Roth), Editing (Arthur Schmidt), and Visual Effects.

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Nominated for 13 {{Academy UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, winning for Best Picture, Actor (Hanks), Director (Zemeckis), Adapted Screenplay (Eric Roth), Editing (Arthur Schmidt), and Visual Effects.
4th Jun '17 7:27:21 PM NightShade96
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* RealityEnsues: Forrest jumps off his boat and swims over to Lt. Dan. The unmanned ''Jenny'' promptly slams into a dock.

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* RealityEnsues: RealEventFictionalCause: Forrest is an AccidentalHero who routinely [[BeenThereShapedHistory shapes history]] by being at exactly the right place at the precise time. Who discovered the Watergate burglary? Gump. Who sparked the T-shirt phrase "shit happens?" Gump. Who designed TheSixties Smiley Face? Gump. If it's a critical juncture in American history, Forrest Gump went jogging through it.
* RealityEnsues:
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Forrest jumps off his boat and swims over to Lt. Dan. The unmanned ''Jenny'' promptly slams into a dock.
2nd Jun '17 5:22:11 PM BobSaget9
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* AdultFear: Forrest is concerned when he learns young Forrest is his son.
--> '''Forrest:''' But.... Is--is he s-smart? Like, can he....\\
'''Jenny:''' He's very smart. One of the smartest in his class.

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* AdultFear: Forrest is concerned when he learns young [[spoiler:young Forrest is his son.
son]].
--> '''Forrest:''' But.... Is--is But... [[spoiler:Is--is he s-smart? Like, can he....\\
s-smart, or is he...?]]\\
'''Jenny:''' He's [[spoiler:He's very smart. One of the smartest in his class.]]



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: As noted in the {{Foreshadowing}} entry, Jenny tells Forrest that her dream is to "be up on a stage with just my guitar and my voice…" She gets that dream, all right, but she neglected to mention whether she'd be wearing anything, and when the time comes [[ExactWords she isn't]].

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: As noted in the {{Foreshadowing}} entry, Jenny tells Forrest that her dream is to "be up on a stage with just my [her] guitar and my voice…" [her] voice". She gets that dream, all right, but she neglected to mention whether she'd be wearing anything, and when the time comes [[ExactWords she isn't]].



'''Forrest:''' That's Lt. Dan … [turns around and sees Lt. Dan] Lt. Dan!\\

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'''Forrest:''' That's Lt. Dan … Dan... [turns around and sees Lt. Dan] Lt. Dan!\\



** When he receives the Medal of Honor from Lyndon B. Johnson, Johnson jokingly expresses interest in seeing the wound on Gump's butt. Gump interprets this as literal, and… [[{{Mooning}} obliges his request]]. (LBJ, never the most reserved or well-mannered individual, absolutely loves it.)

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** When he receives the Medal of Honor from Lyndon B. Johnson, Johnson jokingly expresses interest in seeing the wound on Gump's butt. Gump interprets this as literal, and… and... [[{{Mooning}} obliges his request]]. (LBJ, never the most reserved or well-mannered individual, absolutely loves it.)



** Bubba's mother being served lunch by a white lady, using the exact same shot as the ImagineSpot of Bubba's mother's ancestors doing the same thing for their white employers. "…and so they shot him" is sort of one as well, considering the famous people Forrest has met (does the man have a death god following him?).
** A less straightforward example is when Forrest's mother had to sleep with the principal just to allow Forrest to have a regular school environment instead of a special needs environment. During the mom and the principal's … "pleasure time", The Principal is faintly heard panting from outside. When the Principal afterwards asks Forrest whether he says anything at all, Forrest's response is to mime said panting (without realizing what it meant).

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** Bubba's mother being served lunch by a white lady, using the exact same shot as the ImagineSpot of Bubba's mother's ancestors doing the same thing for their white employers. "…and "...and so they shot him" is sort of one as well, considering the famous people Forrest has met (does the man have a death god following him?).
** A less straightforward example is when Forrest's mother had to sleep with the principal just to allow Forrest to have a regular school environment instead of a special needs environment. During the mom and the principal's … principal's... "pleasure time", The Principal is faintly heard panting from outside. When the Principal afterwards asks Forrest whether he says anything at all, Forrest's response is to mime said panting (without realizing what it meant).



** The "Run, Forrest, run" scene is repeated with Jenny and Forrest as teenagers. The first time saw Forrest over coming the issue with his legs in order to walk (or, rather, run) properly. The second time saw just how fast Forrest could run. Rather appropriately, this got the attention of a football coach...



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--->'''Abbie Hoffman:''' "The war … in [[LargeHam Viet-FUCKING-NAAAAM]]!"

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--->'''Abbie Hoffman:''' "The war … war... in [[LargeHam Viet-FUCKING-NAAAAM]]!"



-->'''Bubba:''' Forrest...why'd this happen?

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-->'''Bubba:''' Forrest... why'd this happen?



** Jenny's date of birth ([[spoiler: which can be seen on her tombstone]]) is July 16, 1945, the date of the Trinity test in New Mexico, the world's first successful test of the atomic bomb. [[spoiler: Her date of death, March 22, 1982, is also the date that the Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' launched on its 3rd mission (STS-3) … which landed at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico.]]

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** Jenny's date of birth ([[spoiler: which can be seen on her tombstone]]) is July 16, 1945, the date of the Trinity test in New Mexico, the world's first successful test of the atomic bomb. [[spoiler: Her date of death, March 22, 1982, is also the date that the Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' launched on its 3rd mission (STS-3) … (STS-3)... which landed at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico.]]
31st May '17 2:10:24 PM tyrekecorrea
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* LenoDevice: Forrest appears on the Dick Cavett Show (alongside Music/JohnLennon ) in the wake of his ping pong success.

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* LenoDevice: Forrest appears on the Dick Cavett Show (alongside Music/JohnLennon ) Music/JohnLennon) in the wake of his ping pong success.
27th May '17 12:37:10 AM Lanes17B
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* DidYouThinkICantFeel: A variation is used as a CallBack. Before shipping off to fight in Vietnam, Forrest drags Jenny out of a strip club, and when she asks why he did it, he responds by saying he loves her, Jenny snaps at him, saying he doesn't know what love is. Years later, [[DefectorFromDecadence when Jenny grows tired of her hard partying lifestyle]] she stays with Forrest when this exchange happens:
-->'''Forrest:''' Will you marry me? I'd make a good husband, Jenny.
-->'''Jenny:''' You would, Forrest.
-->'''Forrest:''' But you won't marry me.
-->'''Jenny:''' You don't wanna marry me...
-->'''Forrest:''' Why don't you love me, Jenny? I'm not a smart man... but I know what love is.
23rd May '17 11:18:05 PM BillWoods
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* AdultFear: Forrest is concerned when he learns young Forrest is his son.
--> '''Forrest:''' But.... Is--is he s-smart? Like, can he....\\
'''Jenny:''' He's very smart. One of the smartest in his class.



* BeenThereShapedHistory: Forrest does a lot of this, from teaching ElvisPresley his hip-swinging dance to inadvertently exposing the Watergate scandal.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: Forrest does a lot of this, from teaching ElvisPresley Music/ElvisPresley his hip-swinging dance to inadvertently exposing the Watergate scandal.



* BlackBestFriend: [[AlliterativeName Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue]]'s role in this story is to be Forest's fellow soldier and comrade. He's also the reason Forest gets into the Shrimping business.

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* BlackBestFriend: [[AlliterativeName Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue]]'s role in this story is to be Forest's fellow soldier and comrade. He's also the reason Forest gets into the Shrimping shrimping business.



** Bubba's momma serving dinner, then being served to.
** At the beginning of the movie, Forrest tries to get to know the bus driver, Dorothy Harris, because his mother has told him not to take rides from strangers and - Forrest being as dense as he is - to him, introducing themselves will make them not strangers anymore. At the end, [[spoiler: Forrest Jr. immediately says upon being greeted onto the bus: "You're Dorothy Harris, and I'm Forrest Gump."]]

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** Bubba's momma serving dinner, dinner to a white woman, then being served to.
dinner by a white woman.
** At the beginning of the movie, Forrest tries to get to know the bus driver, Dorothy Harris, because his mother has told him not to take rides from strangers and - -- Forrest being as dense as he is - -- to him, introducing themselves will make them not strangers anymore. At the end, [[spoiler: Forrest Jr. immediately says upon being greeted onto the bus: "You're Dorothy Harris, and I'm Forrest Gump."]]



** "And that's all I have to say about that..."

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** "And "...And that's all I have to say about that...that."



* {{Cult}}: Forrest mistakenly forms one merely by jogging across the U.S.A. and growing a giant Charles Manson beard. Only in the seventies.

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* {{Cult}}: Forrest mistakenly accidentally forms one merely by jogging across the U.S.A. and growing a giant Charles Manson beard. Only in the seventies.



* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: It's debatable whether or not it's a fictional disease, but [[spoiler: Jenny mentions that the virus she's suffering from is a terminal disease]], in which it's left up to the audience on whether or not it is AIDS.

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* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: It's debatable whether or not it's a fictional disease, but [[spoiler: Jenny mentions that the virus she's is suffering from is a terminal disease]], in some sort of viral disease, which it's left up to hasn't been identified, and for which there's no treatment. Justified, since the audience on whether or term "AIDS" would not it is AIDS.be coined until several months after her death.



*** This is how a Drill Sergeant is supposed to act - having a favorite may inspire people to turn on them, destabilising the team. The Drill Sergeant is just letting them know that Forrest is getting it right, but at the same time lets the team know nobody's getting any slack.

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*** This is how a Drill Sergeant is supposed to act - -- having a favorite may inspire people to turn on them, destabilising the team. The Drill Sergeant is just letting them know that Forrest is getting it right, but at the same time lets the team know nobody's getting any slack.



* EngineeredPublicConfession: Inverted: During Forrest's stump speech during an anti-Vietnam rally that he somehow got convinced to go to, a large percentage of the speech involving things he was going to admit to the people about his experiences in Vietnam during the speech actually ended up ''missed'' because a Pro-Vietnam police officer pulled the plug on the mike, and the mike's sound output was only restored right when Forrest finishes up the statements.
** According to Tom Hanks, the actual censored portion of the speech was "Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing." Arguably, seeing Abby Hoffman (who apparently heard the whole thing) moved to tears by Gump's speech was effective enough.

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* EngineeredPublicConfession: Inverted: During Forrest's stump speech during an anti-Vietnam rally that he somehow got convinced to go to, was pulled into, a large percentage of the speech involving things he was going to admit to the people about his experiences in Vietnam during the speech actually ended up ''missed'' because a Pro-Vietnam police officer pulled the plug on the mike, and the mike's sound output was only restored right when Forrest finishes up the statements.
** According to Tom Hanks, the actual censored portion of the speech was "Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing." Arguably, seeing Abby Hoffman (who apparently was standing next to him and heard the whole thing) moved to tears by Gump's speech was effective enough.



** At the very beginning of the movie, Forrest opens his suitcase and we see not only the ''Curious George'' book (which Mama reads to him and [[spoiler:Forrest Jr. takes to show-and-tell]]) but also his Bubba Gump hat and his ping-pong paddle. We also see he's wearing muddy Nikes, which he wore when he ran for two and a half years. Even the box of chocolates shows up in his story when he gives Jenny a box at college.

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** At the very beginning of the movie, Forrest opens his suitcase and we see not only the ''Curious George'' book (which Mama reads to him and [[spoiler:Forrest Jr. takes to show-and-tell]]) but also his Bubba Gump hat and his ping-pong paddle. We also see he's wearing muddy Nikes, which like those he wore when he ran for two and a half years. Even the box of chocolates shows up in his story when he gives Jenny a box at college.



** A few darker examples occur, as well - like describing Jenny's [[AbusiveParents father]] as "a very loving man," unaware that what he witnessed were signs of sexual abuse.

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** A few darker examples occur, as well - -- like describing Jenny's [[AbusiveParents father]] as "a very loving man," unaware that what he witnessed were signs of sexual abuse.



* TheVietnamVet: Both the titular character, and Lt. Dan. For the former it was just a period in his life, whereas for the latter, it ruined much of his life, and he was nothing but a bum until he ran into Forrest who gave him a job as first mate on his vessel.

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* TheVietnamVet: Both the titular eponymous character, and Lt. Dan. For the former it was just a period in his life, whereas for the latter, it ruined much of his life, and he was nothing but a bum until he ran into Forrest who gave him a job as first mate on his vessel.
7th May '17 10:57:40 AM Movienut376
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**Adding to the...family tradition, all of said ancestors happen to die with the same expression on their faces.
15th Apr '17 2:26:22 PM ngh93
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14th Apr '17 3:21:38 AM axle-k89
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* GeniusDitz: Forrest in the book has savant syndrome. In the film, his natural talent is running but he's also really good at putting guns together.

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* GeniusDitz: Forrest in the book has savant syndrome. In the film, his natural talent is running but he's also really good at putting guns together. He also develops a talent for ping pong.



* LenoDevice: Forrest appears on the Dick Cavett Show (alongside Music/JohnLennon ) in the wake of his ping pong success

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* LenoDevice: Forrest appears on the Dick Cavett Show (alongside Music/JohnLennon ) in the wake of his ping pong successsuccess.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[spoiler:Subverted. When Forrest finds out that he has a son with Jenny, he asks if he's smart or dumb (he can't bring himself to say it, he just places his hand on his chest to mean himself. Jenny reassures him that Forrest Jr. is one of the smartest in his class.]]
** [[spoiler:Played straight to a small extent. In the final scene, when Forrest Jr. is getting on the bus to school, he is, like Forrest himself in several earlier scenes, wearing a blue and white plaid shirt. As well as, of course, the fact they both have the same first name.]]


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** When about to meet JFK, Forrest drinks fifteen Dr. Peppers and ends up suffering a PottyEmergency. Luckily, he is able to meet JFK and make it to the bathroom in time.


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** In the first scene of every transition of Forrest's age, he is always wearing a blue and white plaid shirt. He's also wearing one at the bus stop.


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* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: Lt. Dan says a variation of this to Forrest after Forrest [[UnwantedRescue saves his life]], thinking Forrest has robbed him of his destiny and will have to live the rest of his life as a cripple: "What am I gonna do now?"
** Also happens when Forrest stops running across the country and decides to just walk home from the Nevada desert. One of the runners following him has this reaction out of frustration: "What are we going to do now?"
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