Forrest Gump

  • 12
  • Robert Zemeckis (1994)
  • US
  • 136 min
Forrest Gump
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning comedy drama starring Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise and Robin Wright. Slow-witted Forrest Gump is encouraged by his mother to realise his full potential. He attends college on a sports scholarship, meeting President Kennedy in the process, joins the army and is sent to Vietnam. As the years pass and his life changes, he maintains contact with his childhood friend Jenny Curran.

Cast and crew


Forrest Gump
Tom Hanks
Lieutenant Dan Taylor
Gary Sinise
Jenny Curran
Robin Wright
Mrs Gump
Sally Field
Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue
Mykelti Williamson
Nurse at park bench
Rebecca Williams
Young Forrest
Michael Conner Humphreys
Harold Herthum
George Kelly
Bob Penny
John Randall
Sam Anderson
Margo Moorer
Elderly woman
Ione M Telech
Elderly woman's daughter
Christine Seabrook
Southern gentleman
John Worsham
Young Elvis Presley
Peter Dobson
School bus driver
Siobhan Fallon


Robert Zemeckis

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Some violence, swearing, drug abuse, nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 12