A Synopsis

Forrest Gump was filmed in 1994 and stars Tom Hanks and the lead role of Forrest, Forrest Gump. The movie begins with a solitary feather floating through the sky until a man sitting at a bus stop happens to catch it. He then grabs the feather and tucks it away.

Forrest Gump begins his narrative with him in the doctor’s office getting a new pair of “shoes.” A pair of leg braces designed to straighten his back. This sets the tone of his character for the movie because you realize that he is not a normal child. A little slow in the head, his mother refuses to let that stand in his way and gets him into the Alabama public school system. It is on the Bus on his first day of school where he meets “Jenny” who quickly becomes his best friend.

They stick together like “peas and carrots” all the way through high school and into college.By the time he graduates from college the War in Vietnam is underway and he was recruited by the Army. His experience in Vietnam shapes him for the rest of his life. Here, he meets his “Best Good Friend” Benjamin Buford Blue, or Bubba.

When he returns from Vietnam he is swept up by a group of “Hippies” who came out to protest the war in Washington DC. Here, he is reunited with Jenny and they spend the night together. However, she leaves once again in morning to go back to California. After he is discharged, Forrest promptly returns to his home in Alabama. He sees his Mother again and she is overjoyed by the success of her son.

Sometime after this Jenny comes back to see Forrest. He proposes and confesses his love to her. She rejects him but sleeps with him that night. The next morning she leaves and Forrest is once again by himself. At this time he begins to cope with his loneliness by running, for about 3 years.

Forrest is then reunited with Jenny. She tells him that he has a son and they decide to pack up and move together to his house and Jenny proposes to him. The movie ends with Forrest sending little Forrest off to his first day of school. They open a book and the feather reappears and begins to float its way back up to the heavens.

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