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The original: 

Forrest Gump (1994)

Directed by: 

Robert Zemeckis (Death Becomes Her, Beowulf, Contact, Cast Away)


Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field, Mykelti Williamson 

What’s it about? 

Forrest Gump (Hanks) is a slow-witted and simple soul.  Told over many decades, his is a story of latter 20th century American history, as seen through the unique prism of his innocent eyes. 


Having a direct effect on all he meets, from world leaders to cultural icons, Black Panthers, to Lennon and Elvis, Forrest influences everyone and everything, shaping the country and world. 


…This is what you’d get if Zelig and Being There had a three-way with the wall of a Hardrock Café. 


Directed with technical flair by Zemeckis and played pitch perfectly by Hanks, the film became an instant phenomenon upon its release and has more or less stood the test of time. 


For some, too simplistic or saccharine, for others a deep satirical exploration into the dark realities of the American dream, regardless, Forrest Gump is a story of a complicated world, as viewed by an uncomplicated man. 


Dorothy- “Are you coming along?” 

Forrest- “Mamma said not to be taking rides from strangers.”

Dorothy- “This is the school bus.” 

Lieutenant Dan- “Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?” 

Forrest- “I didn’t know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.” 



The pitch: "Come up with a direct sequel to the oscar-winning blockbuster Forrest Gump."

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