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  • Actor Allusion: At one point Robin Wright's character is involved with a guy named Wesley.
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The line is not "Life is like a box of chocolates," the line is actually, "My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates." A minor case, but still a misquote.
  • Defictionalization: Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. In a sense. The movie's Bubba Gump was a shrimp extraction concern, the defictionalized Bubba Gump is a chain of casual dining restaurants.
    • Gary Sinise and the Lieutenant Dan Band.
  • Development Hell: The adaptation of the book sequel, Gump and Co., featuring more of Forrest's crazy adventures, from encyclopedia selling to pig farming to attending the Academy Awards (helped by the fact that due to Hollywood Accounting, author Winston Groom didn't get a dime out of the $676 million the film took worldwide).
  • Doing It for the Art: Due to the budget ballooning out of control (because of all the groundbreaking special effects), the studio refused to provide any money for Forrest's cross country run. Knowing that it was important to show the run on screen, Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis used their own money to pay for a small camera crew to shoot the necessary scenes on weekends before rushing back to the main production in time to start the week.
  • Font Anachronism: The letter from Apple Computer is dated 21 September 1975. The font used on the logo, Apple Garamond, wasn't used by Apple until the launch of the Macintosh in 1984. The font was only designed in 1977.
    • For that matter, the rainbow Apple logo was first used in May 1976.
  • I Am Not Spock: Gary Sinise became so strongly identified as Lieutenant Dan that he decided to just start a band called the Lieutenant Dan Band, with the proceeds from the band's performances going to charity. He also stars in a series of ads as Lieutenant Dan supporting suicide hotlines for veterans. This leads to:
  • Shown Their Work: In the Watergate scene, The security guard who answers the phone is named Frank Wells. A security guard by that name really did discover the Watergate scandal taking place.
  • Those Two Actors: Tom Hanks and Sally Field had co-starred in the film Punchline six years earlier. No, she didn't play his mom in that one.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Tom Hanks based Forrest's accent on that of Michael Conner Humphreys, the child actor who played young Forrest (not Forrest Jr.).
    • When Bubba tells him "My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue, but people call me 'Bubba'", of course Tom Hanks would respond with "My name is Forrest Gump. People call me 'Forrest Gump'". This wasn't in the script.
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  • Uncredited Role: Kurt Russell has a brief cameo as Elvis Presley.
  • Underage Casting: Sally Field played Tom Hanks' mother, though she's only ten years older than him. Granted, the two didn't share the screen together much since many of her scenes are flashbacks to when he was younger. Once it came time for them to act off one another, Field was in old-lady makeup while Hanks was invoking Dawson Casting by playing a man in his 20's.
  • Weird Crossover: The rare Real Life example. During filming of the first three installations of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the Black Pearl set sail for location shots from Bubba's hometown of Bayou Le Batre (a real small-town fishing port in Alabama).
  • What Could Have Been:
  • Word of Saint Paul: According to Tom Hanks, this was Forrest said to the crowd at the March on the Pentagon:
    Forrest: 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. That's all I have to say about that.
  • Mykelti Williamson later appeared in season 3 of CSI: NY as Chief Sinclair, the boss of Gary Sinise's character Mac Taylor.
    • Interestingly, Sinise also played George Wallace, whom Forrest interacts with in the movie, in a made-for-TV film.
  • Magician Ricky Jay designed a special wheelchair for Gary Sinise that used an illusion to hide his legs, which were on a hidden platform underneath. The contortion required to sit in it meant that Sinise could only be in it for about ten minutes at a time.


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