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* AdaptationDisplacement: The fact that the introduction is about the movie, not the book, proves the case.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Jenny, Lt. Dan, perhaps even Gump himself.
** How much did Jenny hate herself due to her horrible childhood, and how much was she using Forrest? Was Lt. Dan a DeathSeeker prior or just unable to cope with his loss, and how much does he manipulate Forrest? And Forrest, is he really that low an IQ or merely severely autistic? The book is notable as putting him as an IdiotSavant, what most would call a very high IQ, but extreme autism, explaining his seemingly folksy wisdom as sheer cunning.
** Forrest definitely gets an alternative character interpretation from the book to the movie. The movie emphasizes Forrest's naivete and simplicity to make him a gentle, sweet soul that touches others' lives for the better. The Forrest from the book was an idiot savant, true enough, but was otherwise pretty much an angry, rather violent redneck bungling his way through history.
*** In fact the entire world gets this. The movie obviously features Forrest moving through a world near-identical to ours save for his presence in it, while the book features a CrapsackWorld that's more fitting to ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' than reality.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: "Hound Dog" by Music/ElvisPresley, "All Along The Watchtower" by Music/JimiHendrix, "Break On Through" by Music/TheDoors, "Whole Lotta Love" by Music/LedZeppelin, "Sweet Home Alabama" by Music/LynyrdSkynyrd, to name a few.
** The original music piece that plays when Forrest runs for the first time is ''still'' one of the most popular pieces to play during triumphant sections of awards ceremonies, and has been a staple of the Oscars pretty much since the movie came out.
*** AlanSilvestri's entire score (getting him his only Oscar nomination to date) qualifies. How much so? In spite of the movie's classic-radio friendly song soundtrack, it's Silvestri's "Suite From ''Forrest Gump''" that gets played over the closing credits.
* CrazyAwesome: Lt Dan. Never mind that he went to Vietnam fully expecting not to return alive, he gets caught in a violent storm and insults God, challenging him to destroy him. With the completely maniacal laughter he lets out, You know this man is absolutely insane and You can only love him for it.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Lt. Dan.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The scene where Forrest Gump helps one of the black college students with a book (while remaining oblivious to the controversy that ensues) becomes a bit weird after the fiasco where Gump's actor, Tom Hanks, gets a bit of negative publicity regarding an incident where he acts along with a black-face comedian in a comedy act.
* GratuitousSpecialEffects: The CGI removal of Lt. Dan's legs or inserting Forrest into live footage serve very practical purposes but the feather BookEnds are examples of this trope.
* HarsherInHindsight: Lt. Dan tells his men to change their socks regularly, and ''always look after their feet''.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Lieutenant Dan tells Forrest that the day Forrest works on a shrimp boat is the day he'd be an astronaut. While this is a reference to the book where Forrest ''does'' become an astronaut, Gary Sinise and Tom Hanks would later star together as astronauts in ''{{Film/Apollo 13}}''.
** It's also worth noting that during Forrest's and Jenny's wedding, Lt. Dan shows up with artificial legs he says were made from the same alloy they used in the space shuttle.
** The long hair and huge beard Tom Hanks sports while running across Alabama is very much reminiscent of the long hair he grows in [[CastAway another famous Zemeckis collaboration]].
** One of the historical figures Forrest encounters is Governor George Wallace at the University of Alabama. A few years later, Gary Sinise, who played Lt. Dan, starred as Wallace in a TV biopic.
* JerkassWoobie: A lot of people hate Jenny, and not necessarily for bad reasons. But it's still hard not to feel sorry for her when the film showcases her more vulnerable side.
** Lt. Dan too.
* LoveItOrHateIt: For such a movie that is really popular with audiences, it is still very polarizing. People who don't like this movie don't just dislike it, they honestly kind of hate it. Just look at the critical reviews on RottenTomatoes. The negative ones are truly scathing. Not to mention it beat out ''Film/PulpFiction'' and ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' for Best Picture at the Oscars that year.
** See also its UK release - judging from some reviewers you'd think Zemeckis and Hanks had killed and eaten their families and made them watch...
* MemeticMutation: It's like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
** Run, Forrest, Run!
*** Cross Country and Track athletes everywhere HATE this meme because people shout this at them when they go on runs.
** The LongList of shrimp dishes.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Forrest carries Bubba (and the rest of his unit before that) out of a hostile area while napalm explodes behind him (and he gets a bullet in the [[Memes/{{Film}} but-tocks]] for his trouble.) He earns the Congressional Medal of Honor as a result (and a Purple Heart for taking one in the butt-tocks).
** We're forgetting the scene where Forrest runs for the first time?
** And for that matter, deciding on a whim to just start running, ''and not stopping for three years.''
** Inspiring [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis']] dance to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU4i5gyFK1s#t=1m31s Nothin but a Hound dog.]]
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: The storm that took out every ship is considered to be a good thing since it allowed Forest's shrimping business to thrive. [[InferredHolocaust This ignores how many lives the storm would have ruined or possibly ended.]] Though it is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by Forrest's stupidity making him [[AMillionIsAStatistic unable to consider the effects that the storm had on anyone but himself and those close to him.]]
** [[FridgeLogic Also keep in mind, the film shows Gump's fishing boat expanding into a seafood empire. Undoubtedly, at least some of the fishermen who were "ruined" by the hurricane would've been hired by Bubba Gump as it grew.]]
*** The key word is "some". It should also be mentioned that no matter how large the Bubba Gump empire got it still wouldn't be able to bring back anyone who was killed by the storm.
* TheScrappy: Jenny has a fair amount of detractors despite her woobie tendacies. The majority of fans that place her in this trope feel she uses Forrest throughout the entire movie. And whilst life does frequently deal her some pretty bad luck, Jenny makes a lot of poor decisions of her own accord.
* UnfortunateImplications: Jenny's near-endlessly miserable life, as well as the general DumbIsGood theme, makes the film a ReactionaryFantasy of sorts that encourages people to go with the flow and do as they're told instead of trying to seize their own destinies and change the system, as she tried to.
** [[AnAesop The moral of the story.]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Don't put any effort into living your own life, just do whatever others tell you to do and you will be rewarded with a good life.]]
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Many, such as Gump interacting with dead celebrities, Lt. Dan's stumps... and the ping pong ball!
** And the floating feather that opens and closes the movie. Yeah, you never even realized that ''was'' CGI, did ya?
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