Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romanticcomedydrama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a slowwitted and nave, but goodhearted and athletically prodigious man from Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States more specifically, the period between Forrests birth in 1944 and 1982. The film differs substantially from Winston Grooms novel, including Gumps personality and several events that were depicted.
In 1981, Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, a man with belowaverage intelligence, watches a feather fall from the sky at a bus stop in Savannah, Georgia. As he sits down on a bench, he removes a copy of The Adventures of Curious George from his suitcase and places the feather inside the pages. He introduces himself and begins telling his life story to strangers who sit next to him on the bench, recounting his childhood in the fictional town of Greenbow, Alabama. As a child in the 1950s, Forrest Michael Conner Humphreys had to wear leg braces for which other children made fun of him. He lives with his single mother Sally Field in a very large house formerly a plantation home outside of town they rent rooms to travelers. Forrests father apparently left and he never knew him. Despite his limited mental capacity, Mrs. Gump tells her son that stupid is as stupid does which he later uses as a retort when called stupid and also assures him that he is no different from any of the other children. Forrest is admitted to public school despite his IQ being below the cutoff, but only after his mother agrees to a onenight stand with the principal, Mr. Hancock Sam Anderson. On his first bus ride to school, Forrest is rejected by nearly all of his peers except for a young Jenny Curran Hanna R. Hall. He and Jenny become best friends, and he helps her hide from her alcoholic, sexually and physically abusive father. One day, while fleeing from bullies, Forrests leg braces break apart and he discovers that he can run very fast. A few years later, Forrest inadvertently runs onto the field during a local high school football match and catches the attention of Coach Bryant from the University of Alabama who is scouting for players. Forrest attends the university on an athletic scholarship and becomes a college football star, earning him a spot on the College Football AllAmerica Team and a trip to the White House to meet President John F. Kennedy.After graduating, Forrest enlists in the United State