Forrest Gump (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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.


Movie Info

"Stupid is as stupid does," says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ, Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without trying, Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, meets … More

Rating: PG-13 (for drug content, some sensuality and war violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Roth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Box Office: $0.4M
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Jenny Curran

as Lt. Dan Taylor

as Mrs. Gump

as Forrest Jr.

as Himself

as Nurse at the Park Be...

as Southern Gentleman

as Young Elvis Presley

as School Bus Girl

as President Johnson

as Boy with Cross

as Jenny's Grandmother

as Police Chief

as Richard M. Nixon

as Teen with Cross

as High School Football...

as Jenny's Date

as University Dean

as Army Recruiter

as Army Bus Driver

as Bus Recruit

as Bus Recruit

as Barracks Recruits

as Club Patron

as Pick-Up Truck Driver

as Wounded Soldier

as Isabel

as Black Panther

as Hollywood Boulevard ...

as Man in VW Bug

as 4th National Corresp...

as Stanley Loomis

as Drugged Out Boyfrien...

as 2nd Local Correspond...

as 2nd Local Anchor

as Elderly Southern Wom...

as 3rd Local Anchor

as Hannibal Reporter

as Taxi Driver

as Wild Eyed Man

as Young Forrest Gump

as Young Jenny Curran

as Crony

as Principal

as Elderly Woman

as Elderly Woman's Daug...

as School Bus Driver

as School Bus Boy

as Red Headed Boy

as Fat Boy

as Jenny's Father

as Red Headed Teen

as Fat Teen

as College Football Coa...

as High School Football...

as Jenny's Babysitter

as Kick Off Return Play...

as Black Student

as Black Student

as Woman with Child on ...

as 1st Local Anchor

as Bubba's Mother

as Bubba's Great Grandm...

as Drill Sargeant

as Topless Girl

as Club Patron

as Club Patron

as Club Patron

as Helicopter Gunman

as Sargeant Sims

as Cleveland

as Fat Man on Beach

as Army Hospital Male N...

as Mail Call Soldier

as Wounded Soldier

as 1st National Corresp...

as Veteran at War Rally

as Abbie Hoffman

as Policeman at War Ral...

as Black Panther

as Hippie at Commune

as Hollywood Boulevard ...

as Chinese Ping Pong Pl...

as Musician Boyfriend

as Discharge Officer

as Waitress in Cafe

as Running Double

as Hannibal Reporter

as Hannibal Reporter

as Young Man Running

as Aging Hippie

as The Minister

as Lieutenant Dan's Fia...

as School Bus Boy

as Hospital Officer

as Newscaster

as Forrest Gump

as President Johnson
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Critic Reviews for Forrest Gump

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (22)

A dark and driven work, haunted by violence, cruelty and a sense of the tragically absurd.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

So afraid to dredge up debate that when Forrest is handed a mic at an antiwar rally, someone unplugs the speakers so we can't hear him - fitting for a movie with nothing to say.

Full Review… | September 3, 2014
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

It's most successful when it is being off-center, a state of grace it doesn't quite have the nerve to maintain.

Full Review… | January 7, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This isn't the meaningful movie it pretends to be. But as a goofy entertainment that speeds through the latter half of the 20th century, stopping here and there to snap a photo or two, Forrest Gump does just fine.

Full Review… | January 7, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Good as Wright and Sinise are in their roles as Forrest's near-suicidal soulmates, the movie always comes back to Hanks, and director Robert Zemeckis helps him to achieve some of his finest emotional moments.

Full Review… | January 7, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The movie's technical tricks are great fun, as is its musical soundtrack, which captures the essences of the eras it traverses. But when you come right down to it, it's the oddly magnetic personality of Forrest himself that is the biggest draw.

Full Review… | January 7, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Forrest Gump

½

Forrest Gump: Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we have a destiny, or if we're all just floatin' around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happenin' at the same time.

"The story of a lifetime."

Forrest Gump is a beautiful film and definitely is the film that Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks are most known for. It's one of those rare movies that everyone has seen and just about everyone loves. It's a classic and it's not hard to see why. The movie takes on the simpleness of it's title character, Forrest Gump. It's not flashy, it's simple, and the simpleness is beautiful.

Forrest Gump is an unintelligent, but interesting man. He was born in Alabama where he grows up with his friend, Jenny, and his mother. Forrest sits on a bus stop bench, telling strangers his life story. How he played football at the University of Alabama, how he went to Vietnam, how he met presidents, and how he has always loved his friend Jenny. Forrest's journey puts him at many important events during the sixties and seventies, and the movie surrounds the story of Forrest with civil rights issues, the hippy generation, and just about all the other major news of those decades. It does so in a very good way too, allowing the audience to see it as Forrest does.†

How can you watch a movie so brazen with soul and warmth and not just love it. It's a comedy and a drama. It's funny, sad, and inspiring. It's one of those films you can watch a million times over and still get that same feeling you had the first time you watched it. It just is everything you want in a movie.†

Tom Hanks is brilliant and Zemeckis' direction is incredible. It isn't just a story of a man, but of the generation he was apart of. The brilliance of how these two different elements are put together is what makes Forrest Gump the lovable and great movie it is. If you're one of the few people who haven't seen Forrest Gump, all I can say is, watch it.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

A very refreshing feel-good movie that is always entertaining and compelling, even if sometimes it is sentimental and seems a bit vague about its purpose. If you are able to overlook its flaws, you will find it a captivating story of innocence and optimism.

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Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

A nice enough concept, fairly well pulled off but is mainly crushed by its own sentimentality and heavy handed emotional manipulation (not to mention ham-fisted politics). Good revision for your 20th century American history exam, otherwise watch Big Fish instead.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

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