Forrest Gump Background

Forrest Gump Background

Based on the novel of same name by Winston Groom, Robert Zemeckis' 1994 film Forrest Gump tells the story of the eponymous Forrest Gump (played brilliantly by Tom Hanks), a mentally (his IQ is merely 75) and physically challenged man and his journey through one of the most interesting periods in history -- the period that encompassed Kennedy, LBJ, the Vietnam War, Watergate, and more. It chronicles Forrest's early childhood and struggle with his mental and physical disabilities, his struggle with romance, and his reactions to such profound historic events.

Upon release, Forrest Gump was surprisingly met with middling reviews, albeit positive reviews. On movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.com, it holds a solid -- albeit unspectacular -- critics rating of 73% and a phenomenal audience rating of 95%. Reads that site's critical 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."

On a production budget of approximately $55 million, it made $677.9 million. It was nominated and won a number of Academy Awards, including: Best Supporting Actor for Gary Sinise, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Makeup, Best Original Score. It won the following Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor for Tom Hanks, Best Director for Zemeckis, Best Adapted Screenplay for Eric Roth, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects. In 2011, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry and is considered a classic (It is ranked the 12th best film ever on movie review site IMDB.com).

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