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How far did Forrest Gump run?

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 ...
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Do I need knowledge of American culture and history to enjoy Forrest Gump?

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 ...
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Is Forrest Jr. actually Forrest's son?

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 ...
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In "Forrest Gump", why did Jenny do this thing in this scene?

Jenny suffered from child abuse. Many sources quote or explain that, such as this fandom : She was raised by her father, a farmer, who physically and sexually abused Jenny and her sisters. Forrest, ...
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What killed Jenny?

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 ...
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What is the reasoning for this soldier in Forrest Gump being surrounded by a plastic bubble?

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 ...
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Do I need knowledge of American culture and history to enjoy Forrest Gump?

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 ...
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What is the meaning and significance of the quote "Life is like a box of chocolates"?

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 ...
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Why was Elvis Presley's face not shown properly?

When the director/producers were able to use real footage of historical events, they did an impressive job with CGI to integrate and meld younger Forrest into the footage. But I don't think there's ...
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Why did Mrs Gump feel that Elvis Presley's Hound Dog was inappropriate for children?

Some people thought it was too 'sexually explicit' at the time. From Graceland… Today marks the day Elvis famously performed "Hound Dog" on "The Milton Berle Show" and stirred up ...
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Forrest Gump not knowing where Tex was from

There's no significance to him not remembering where Tex was from other than perhaps (unlike the others) he was from Texas. It's just a cute line about people whose names happen to be also places, but ...
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Is Forrest Jr. actually Forrest's son?

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 ...
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Why did the cop remove sound cables while Forrest Gump was giving a speech?

In the context of the movie, it's because the event is an anti-war rally. It's attended by people opposed to the US presence in Vietnam. The veterans giving speeches are talking about their own ...
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Why did the cop remove sound cables while Forrest Gump was giving a speech?

At the time the movie describes, there were already huge demonstrations and Vietnam War Protests. Many people couldn't understand why there were such mass protest. Both sides were acting and ...
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How far did Forrest Gump run?

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 ...
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Why does Forrest always wear a blue shirt?

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 ...
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Jenny Curran's cause of death; wouldn't both Forrest and little Forrest have it also?

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, ...
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Was Forrest Gump's "One less thing" remark a historical reference or just an idiom?

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 ...
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What's the significance of the white feather?

The feather reflects many of the film's messages: life is full of uncontrollable events, innocence is lighter than air, some things are the result of luck, and the fact we never know what is next on ...
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Forrest Gump not knowing where Tex was from

what is the significance of the names of the people and the places they are from..? The first part of the anecdote is amusing because the people have nicknames that are different cities than the ones ...
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What is the meaning and significance of the quote "Life is like a box of chocolates"?

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 ...
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Did Jenny marry Forrest at the end out of selfishness?

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. ...
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What is the reason Jenny left Forrest without telling him after sleeping with him?

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 ...
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What is the meaning and significance of the quote "Life is like a box of chocolates"?

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 ...
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Was Forrest Gump's "One less thing" remark a historical reference or just an idiom?

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 ...
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How was Forrest Gump inducted into the military despite being a bit mentally challenged?

The law stack exchange covers testing entry requirements for the army. The army conducts an Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, and a minimum score of 31 is required to join. This is ...
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Is the "life is like a box of chocolates" line in Forrest Gump meant to be a joke?

Please forgive the amateur psychology hour… I always thought it was meant to be, in effect, a truism and therefore accepted, unquestioned, by Forrest - who wasn't really smart enough to question it on ...
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How was Forrest Gump inducted into the military despite being a bit mentally challenged?

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 ...
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Forrest Gump v.s. Glenn Cunningham - any relation?

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, ...
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What is the meaning and significance of the quote "Life is like a box of chocolates"?

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. ...
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