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Considered by many to be one of the best films ever made, Forrest Gump is a tour de force of brilliant acting, thoughtful romance, hilarious comedy, and heart-wrenching drama. It follows the charmed life of mentally challenged Forrest Gump from childhood on, and the accidental role he plays in some of the 20th century’s most memorable events.
Tom Hanks’ younger brother Jim doubled for Tom in many of the running scenes.
There was no real ball used during the ping-pong matches. The illusion was created using CGI and then animated to connect the balls with the players’ paddles.
Both Demi Moore and Nicole Kidman turned down the role of Jenny Curran.
For his wheelchair scenes, Gary Sinise’s legs were wrapped in a special blue fabric that allowed them to be removed digitally during the film edit.
The Library of Congress selected Forrest Gump for preservation in the National Film Registry because of its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance.
A Cultural Phenomenon
- Winner of six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director
- Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks
- Two-disc DVD special collector’s edition is packed with bonus material
- Also available on Blu-ray disc, Sapphire Series
Meet the Cast
Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)
Despite his below-average IQ, Forrest makes his way through life seeing only the good in people and believing that only good things will happen.
Mama Gump (Sally Field)
Forrest’s mama is his true champion. She knows he has challenges ahead of him, but she sends her son out into the world to do the best he can with what he’s been given.
Lieutenant Dan Taylor (Gary Sinise)
As Forrest’s commanding officer in Vietnam, Lieutenant Dan is a tough guy who barely survives the war. He ends up not only as Forrest’s good friend but also his business partner.
Jenny Curran (Robin Wright)
From the time they first meet as youngsters on the school bus, Jenny and Forrest are devoted friends and confidants. Jenny is Forrest’s one true love, and he never gives up on her.
Tom Hanks and Robin Wright star in this collector's edition on DVD of the romantic comedy Forrest Gump. Forrest is a simple man with a low I.Q. and good intentions, running through childhood with his best and only friend, Jenny Curran (Robin Wright). His mama (Sally Field) teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. When Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, he finds new friends Dan and Bubba, wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, creates the smiley, writes bumper stickers and songs, donates to people and meets the president several times. However, this is all irrelevant to Forrest, who can only think of his childhood sweetheart, Jenny. In the end, all Forrest wants is to prove that anyone can love anyone. Robert Zemeckis directs this Oscar-winning movie.
At its best, Forest Gump is a gentle, elegiac fantasty about love and trust. --Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
Passionate and magical, Forrest Gump is a tonic for the weary of spirit --James Berardinelli, ReelViews
If Forrest is a holy fool, Mr. Hanks makes his holiness very apparent. Only in this touching, imaginatively childlike performance does the film display any emotional weight. Sitting on a bench at a bus stop during most of the film, eagerly recounting his life story for a succession of strangers, Mr. Hanks's Forrest has an unerring sincerity and charm. If it's difficult to reconcile this sweet, guileless performance with the film's technical obsessiveness (a special satellite was used to track the sun's position and determine optimum lighting for the film's outdoor scenes), well, maybe it should be. --New York Times, Janet Maslin
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Second, the cast. Tom hanks would win his second oscar for playing the title character and he deserved it(this is my favorite Tom Hanks movie). But the supporting cast is full of movie greats like Sally Field and Robin Wright, accompanied by some actors that are now household names, but at the time of this movie were just becoming known, specifically Gary Sinise who should have won awards for best supporting actor. Robin Wright plays Jenny in this film and is such a sympathetic character that you grieve for her moment and then grieve with her the next.
This movie won't fit into any genre, one moment it's comedy the next it's drama. It's just fantastic, it is easily in the top 5 movies of the 90s, maybe the best. I think it will be one of the films 100 years from now, people will still want to watch and walk away thankful they spent the time to watch it.
Enjoyed this 2-disc version with behind the scenes and interviews with the cast. Especially good feature were the screen tests and seeing a very young, Haley Joel Osment.
I'm not going to give a book report for you guys and go into details about the plot, not only do I personally hate reviews that do that, but in this case I find it hard to believe that anyone reading this isn't already familiar with the plot. But I will say the blu ray transfer is fantastic. Now I'm no expert on picture quality, so there could be some fine details that the videophiles are always talking about that I don't notice. But just using the "eye test" I didn't regret my purchase in the least. I had just bought the samsung js8500 4k suhd tv before watching this, so I'm not comparing it directly with the same hardware I watched the dvd on, but I think that watching on a superior tv would reveal more flaws if they were there, and I didn't notice any. The sound transfer also sounded great, albeit not on the greatest sound system. I'm using the vizio 5.1 wireless soundbar setup.
If you haven seen this movie yet and you're older than 16, then you have no excuse and I really don't know what to say to you. If you're just wondering if this transfer is worth your money, I'd have to answer with a resounding yes. Hope this helps.
It has so many powerful themes packed in and well balanced. A must see.
Romance, Action, Finding meaning in life, Finding God or inner peace, death, search for happiness, humor and many more.
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