‘Forrest Gump’ July 6th, 1994
Synopsis: Taking place entirely as a flashback story while Forrest is waiting at a bus stop, the film tracks the events of Forrest Gump’s life from his childhood as a physically and mentally disabled boy, to playing football in college, fighting in Vietnam, playing Ping Pong professionally, and running across the country for no reason. The film also explores Forrest’s impact on the world by teaching Elvis how to dance, inspiring the famous smiley face, bringing the Watergate scandal to light, and meeting several U.S. Presidents.
Legacy: ‘Forrest Gump’ was a huge financial and critical success, earning a second Oscar for Tom Hanks and winning the Oscar for Best Picture. A sequel was intended, but only ever saw life as a novel follow-up to the original 1986 novel. In the novel, the Bubba Gump Company has gone under and Forrest and Forrest Jr. travel the country trying to make a new life. Forrest plays professional football for New Orleans, causes the Exxon Valdez oil spill, fights in Desert Storm, meets Tom Hanks, and attends the Academy Awards when Hanks wins for his portrayal of Forrest.