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Based on different information given in the film and in the script and on filming locations, the site Centives calculated that Forrest Gump ran 15248 miles (24539 km), crossing the United States five times, before he decided to go home. Another estimation can be found on theweek.com. It totals 19024 miles (30616 km). The route of the first two years looks ...


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Forrest Gump as a person has quite the strong development in character, but that is not the main strength of the movie. Its true power lies in the enormous amount of nods to American history and the way Forrest experiences (and influences) them. Now, I'm neither an American nor old enough to have witnessed these events first-hand, but I do know a thing or ...


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There are probably a lot of opinions about this. My opinion is that he is. But one thing I am sure of is that there are two clues in the movie. Their inclusion into the movie plot indicate that the creators wanted you to conclude that Little Forrest is in fact Forrest's biological son. When Forrest first finds out about being a father, he asks if he can ...


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The evidence: Jenny says she has a virus, but doctors don't know what it is or how to treat it. Jenny: Forrest, I'm sick. Forrest: What, do you have a cough due to cold? Jenny: I have some virus, and the doctors, they don't know what it is, and there isn't anything they can do about it. It is now thought that people were infected with AIDS as ...


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The plastic bubble is an isolation chamber: it prevents the spread of airborne disease and contaminants. Isolation prevents the spread of contaminants both from the patient to the outside, and from the outside to the patient inside. A machine attached by a tube filters the air entering and leaving the chamber. Presumably, the soldier inside has contracted ...


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I can attest from personal experience that it is indeed possible to enjoy Forrest Gump without much knowledge of American history or culture. I remember going to see this movie alone in the cinema in 1994 as a 12 year old Swedish boy and being very moved by it (my mother likes to tell the story about how visibly captivated by the experience I still was when ...


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Well, it means that you don't really know what a chocolate tastes like until you bite it. And in the end, you've tasted whether you liked it or not. This applies the same for life. You don't really know what every day of your life is going to be until you live it. It may be great experience or can be worse, but you would not know it until you live it. From ...


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I found a very interesting article based on the differences between movie and the novel. I'll quote some of them, that should answer your question: Robert Zemeckis, director of Forrest Gump, chooses not to include several adventures that are present in the book and to change the character’s personality. This significant changes play an important role ...


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I'm shamelessly going to steal some wording from an article that does a great character analysis of Jenny. “Instead of realizing that narrative even exists in the story,” Namtara says, “people just bitch about how Jenny is such a slut, but she won’t even love the only person who cares about her. Jenny always loved Forrest, during the whole fucking ...


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Far from it. Jenny was a seriously mixed-up, mentally unstable woman who did not know what she wanted to do with herself. The primary reason for her instability was the sexual abuse meted out to her as a child by her father. Such events scar people for life and Jenny was no different. There is a particular scene early on in the film where Jenny and Forrest ...


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She says he is...and she loved Forrest too much to lie to him about that. I found this related answer (by sanpaco) which includes an excellent excerpt from a character study of Jenny. "Jenny always loved Forrest, during the whole fucking movie. She loved him so much, she thought she was taking advantage of him and ran away for his sake. She didn’t ...


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This is a trick question because either he lied about how long he run or was unintentionally confused. Forrest supposedly started running when Jimmy Carter collapsed (that possible heart attack scare) while running his six mile race in October (I think it was on the 1st), 1979; and he stopped when Ronald Reagan assassination attempt took place on March 21,...


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Yes (apparently). According to Tom Hanks, Forrest said: “Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.” I say apparently as I can't find a primary source for the Tom Hanks quote. It's everywhere, but I'd love to find an ...


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I believe yes. They're obviously close in the film and it seems reasonable to assume they discussed this. Whilst there's no direct evidence in the film to confirm this, Mrs. Gump is certainly aware of Forrest's love for her in the novel. From page 9: The problem was that wile Miss French was a nice kind lady, the things that she done to me that night ...


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Without treatment, the chance of passing HIV on to a baby is 25% (source). Seems absurdly low to me but I am not a doctor. As far as I remember, Jenny and Forrest senior only had one sexual encounter, so it is possible he didn't contract the virus either. We are not explicitely told, so it's up to the spectators. In my mind I let the Forrests live a happy, ...


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According to Collider: Have you ever watched the film and noticed that Forrest sports blue checkers a lot? This wasn’t due to laziness on the wardrobe team’s side; it symbolizes the many transitions in his life. He wears a different form of a blue checkered shirt in the first scene of each age transition in the film, to signify a change in time. The ...


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It's pretty common expression which, here, has been shortened. See this answer over on ELL In full it would be "Good, one less thing to worry about." The idea here is that Forrest has a lot of things to be concerned about but, now, money isn't one of them!


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You removed the quote's meaning by only reading/providing half of it. The quote fragment you provided is elucidated by the fragment which follows it (and which you didn't include for some reason) to wit: "you never know what you're going to get". While chocolate snacks are generally supplied by the bag or as single bars, a "box of chocolates" implies a ...


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I always thought it was to spare him of her life. Jenny is pretty free-spirited throughout the movie, while Forrest is always more on an even keel. I believe that she felt like her lifestyle would cause him grief or anguish as it had in the past (think "Black Panther party"), and she didn't want him to have to be introduced to that. I'd definitely agree ...


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In my opinion, Jenny’s departure from Forrest’s house, AND her “No” answer to his proposal for marriage are inextricably linked. It’s obvious that Jenny and Forrest loved each other as best friends from the time they first met. There was absolutely nothing that one of them could do that would break that bond with the other. But did Jenny love Forrest like ...


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I think Jenny loved Forrest but it was a pure love, unlike what she thought she was worth. So she chose to remember Forrest as an unspoiled part of her past, and instead ran after a hedonistic life. When she did consummate her relationship with Forrest she left because she was afraid that she would taint him. Only when she was really sick and needed him to ...


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I think it has different meanings, at different levels. Life is a box full of chocolates, not just one chocolate. You pick one and eat it, you may like it, but you may not like the next one you have. But having a bad one or even good one should not stop you from trying the next one. Also, even though the box is full of chocolates, whether you like one or not ...


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It's quite a literal quote, your choices in life can lead to unexpected outcomes, but many of them will be something nice you may not have expected. Of course. this was in a simpler time, when a box of chocolates didn't either explicitly list the chocolates and flavours, or just had a little card which you could avoid to experience the random luck of the ...


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He was not mentally challenged or something but he got low IQ: Image copied from a Quora post covering the same concern and most of the answer there also point out the same thing. And also don't forget he got a football scholarship due to his athletic abilities os, of course, he is quite capable to serve in Army. Here is all the requirement listed which ...


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You have to understand the literal meaning of "box of chocolates". They're not so common anymore, but at one time fancy boxes of chocolate-covered candies were the gift of choice to mothers and wives on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, etc. A typical box contained maybe 40 individual unwrapped pieces, neatly arrayed ...


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Forrest Gump was not making a reference to Stevenotes. "One more thing" was a signature line of Steve Jobs when he released new products during keynote addresses. These started after Jobs' company NeXT Computer was bought by Apple in 1997 in order to use NeXT OS as the basis of Mac OS X. The film Forrest Gump was released in 1994, while Jobs was still at ...


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Out-of-universe for the film, there's this: The 1995 sequel novel (Gump & Co.) says Jenny died of Hepatitis C. So, the "word of God" (from the author) is: Hepatitis C.


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The book was mostly based on Jimbo Meador, a friend of the author. However, bits of it were also taken from other people, such as Sammy Lee Davis, who was awarded the Medal of Honor and was, indeed, shot in the butt. In fact, the Medal of Honor scene in the movie used archival footage of Lee receiving the award, with Forrest instead of Lee, thanks to a ...


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I think it just represents the simple underlying meaning that life is full of surprises. You never know what you'll get. These were Forrest's mother's advice given to him to make him understand life.


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Forest has a lot of back story, but because he is "a bit slow", it's important to be able to tell which of the stories he is telling are "his" and which are stories in which he placed himself in a role. In order to do that you need to understand some popular history and what Forest would have seen on TV or heard on the radio. Not having ability to tell ...


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