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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 23. Forrest Gump (1994)

September 14, 2011

23. Forrest Gump [DVD] (1994)

Plot: The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), an Alabama simpleton who travels across the world, meeting historical figures, influencing popular culture, and experiencing firsthand some of the historic events of the late 20th century.

“Forrest Gump” is the story of a man who rises above his challenges, and proves that determination, courage, and love are more important than ability.

The story of a lifetime. (tagline)

Also Starring: Rebecca WilliamsSally FieldRobin WrightMykelti WilliamsonGary Sinise
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Written by: Eric Roth
Length: 142 min
Budget: $55,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $673,800,000 (Worldwide)

Favorite Quote:
Forrest Gump
: Stupid is as stupid does.

Review: This movie is flawless! Tom Hanks is just brilliant in the lead and I’m in such awe of him, not only his proven acting capabilities, but also the person he seems to be; fun, kind and filled to the brim with integrity. Did you know that back in 1994 when this movie became a huge success, there was immediately talk about a sequel riding on its popularity. But what did Tom Hanks say to that? He said “no, I’m not that kind of actor, I don’t do sequels”.

What a guy, not selling out like that! … sure, he later did Toy Story 2. And 3. But regardless of th.. Oh, yeah, and a sequel to The DaVinci Code…

Sidenote: What the hell was up with Tom Hanks hair-do in The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons? It totally ruined those movies for me. I’m not even joking. It really freaked me out! Is it a wig? Is it his own hair? Is it CGI? I even preferred the shaven look he had in Philadelphia over the “kind-of-looks-like-Nic-Cage-but much-much-worse” look he had while finding clues in art and stuff.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: Bill Murray, John Travolta and Chevy Chase turned down the role of Forrest Gump. Travolta later admitted that passing on the role was a mistake.

But enough about his hair and back to his integrity as an actor and non-sellout. Oh, wait.. According to google he’s doing Toy Story 4 too.. And a third one of those “find clues on floors in Rome that lead to other clues and stuff” movies..  … sigh … and apparently also Gump & Co., the sequel to Forrest Gump…

Never mind…

Oscar Count
6 Wins: 
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Published (Eric Roth) Editing (Arthur Schmidt) Visual Effects (Ken Ralston, George Murphy, Stephen Rosenbaum, Allen Hall)

7 Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Gary Sinise) Art Direction (Rick Carter, Nancy Haigh) Cinematography (Don Burgess) Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing (Gloria S. Borders, Randy Thom) Makeup (Daniel C. Striepeke, Hallie D’Amore, Judith A. Cory) Original Score (Alan Silvestri) Sound (Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis S. Sands, William B. Kaplan)

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 24. Three Amigos (1986)


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