Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

Robert Zemeckis (1994)

136min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Winner of six Oscars, including best picture, actor and director, this comedy drama was a box-office blockbuster in America, though its simple-minded patriotism was greeted with a certain cynicism in Europe. Gump, played by Tom Hanks, is a chump: a semi-literate everyman who drifts through recent American history (Vietnam, the civil rights movement, assassinations, Watergate) and emerges triumphant. He's an athlete, war hero and hokey southern savant, a one-man palliative for a nation's political and moral bankruptcy. His personal credo is "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get", and that's as profound as the movie gets. But Hanks's performance is truly remarkable and, this being a Robert Zemeckis film, the effects are stunning: Gump meeting people such as JFK and Nixon is amazingly believable, and Gary Sinise as an amputee combines brilliant acting with state-of-the-art technology. One can sneer at it, but one can't ignore it.

Summary

A slow-witted man has a series of bizarre adventures, including becoming an American football star, Vietnam veteran, table tennis champion and millionaire businessman - but the love of his life from childhood continues to elude him. Robert Zemeckis's Oscar-winning comedy drama, starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise.

Cast & Crew

Forrest Gump Tom Hanks
Mrs Gump Sally Field
Lt Dan Taylor Gary Sinise
Jenny Curran Robin Wright
Benjamin Buford `Bubba' Blue Mykelti Williamson
Young Forrest Gump Michael Conner Humphreys
Doctor Harold Herthum
Barber George Kelly
Director Robert Zemeckis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Some violence, swearing, drug abuse, nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy