Forrest Gump

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Forrest Gump is a 1994 film about a mentally challenged man's epic journey through life, passing historical figures and incidents largely unaware of their significance.

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis. Written by Eric Roth, based on the novel by Winston Groom.
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Forrest Gump

  • [Repeated line] Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.
  • My momma always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."'
  • [Repeated line] Stupid is as stupid does.
  • [Repeated line] And that's all I have to say about that.
  • [Repeated line] And just like that, my...
  • Momma always says there's an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes. Where they're going. Where they've been. I've worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard I could remember my first pair of shoes. Momma said they'd take me anywhere. She said they was my magic shoes.
  • Now, when I was a baby, Momma named me after the great Civil War hero, General Nathan Bedford Forrest. She said we was related to him in some way. And, what he did was, he started up this club called the Ku Klux Klan. They'd all dress up in their robes and their bedsheets and act like a bunch of ghosts or spooks or something. They'd even put bedsheets on their horses and ride around. And anyway, that's how I got my name, Forrest Gump. Momma said that the Forrest part was to remind me that sometimes we all do things that, well, just don't make no sense.
  • We lived about a quarter mile off Route 17, about a half mile from the town of Greenbow, Alabama. That's in the county of Greenbow. Our house had been in Momma's family since her grandpa's grandpa's grandpa had come across the ocean about a thousand years ago. Something like that. Since it was just me and Momma and we had all these empty rooms, Momma decided to let those rooms out. Mostly to people passing through. Like from, oh, Mobile, Montgomery, place like that. That's how me and Momma got money. Momma was a real smart lady.
  • Me and Jenny was like peas and carrots.
  • [about Jenny's father] He was a very loving man. He was always kissing and touching her and her sisters.
  • Now, it used to be, I ran to get where I was going. Now I didn't know it would ever take me anywhere.
  • College ran by real fast 'cause I played so much football. They even put me on a thing called the All-America Team where you get to meet the President of the United States. Now, the real good thing about meeting the President of the United States is the food. They put you in this little room with just about anything you'd want to eat or drink. And, since number one; I wasn't hungry, but thirsty. And number two; they was free. I must o' drank me about fifteen Dr Peppers.
  • [about Jenny] Her dream had come true. She was a folk singer.
  • Now, they told us that Vietnam was gonna be very different from the United States of America. Except for all the beer cans and the barbecue, it was.
  • Bubba did have a fine idea. I even wrote Jenny and told her all about it. I sent her letters. Not every day, but almost. I told her what I was doin' and asked her what she was doin', and I told her how I thought about her always. And how I was looking forward to getting from her just as soon as she had the time I'd always let her know that I was okay. Then I'd sign each letter, "Love, Forrest Gump."
  • Lieutenant Dan, I got you some ice cream. Lieutenant Dan, ice cream!
  • The good thing about Vietnam is there was always someplace to go. And there was always something to do. One day it started raining, and it didn't quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain, and big ol' fat rain, rain that flew in sideways, and sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. Shoot, it even rained at night.
  • Bubba was my best good friend, I had to make sure he was okay. And on my way back to find Bubba, well, there was this boy laying on the ground. I couldn't just let him lay there all alone, scared the way he was. So I grabbed him up and run him out of there. And every time I went back looking for Bubba, somebody else was saying, "Help me, Forrest. Help me."
  • For some reason, ping-pong came very natural to me, so I started playing it all the time. I played ping-pong even when I didn't have anyone to play ping-pong with. The hospital's people said it made me look like a duck in water, whatever that means. Even Lieutenant Dan would come and watch me play. I played ping-pong so much, I even played it in my sleep.
  • He should not be hitting you, Jenny...I'm sorry I had a fight in the middle of your Black Panther party.
  • I thought I was going back to Vietnam, but instead, they decided the best way for me to fight Communists was to play ping-pong. So I was in the Special Services, traveling around the country, cheering up all them wounded veterans and showing them how to play ping-pong. I was so good that some years later the Army decided I should be on the All-American Ping-Pong Team. We were the first Americans to visit the land of China in, like, a million years or something like that, and somebody said that world peace was in our hands. But all I did was play ping-pong. When I got home, I was national celebrity. More famous even than Captain Kangaroo.
  • I'm sorry I ruined you New Year's Eve party, Lieutenant Dan. She tasted like cigarettes.
  • [about Lieutenant Dan] He never actually said so, but I think he made his peace with God.
  • Now, because I had been a football star, and a war hero, and a national celebrity, and a shrimpin' boat captain, and a college graduate, the city of fathers of Greenbow, Alabama, decided to get together and offered me a fine job. So, I never went back to work for Lieutenant Dan. Though he did take care of my Bubba-Gump money. He got me invested in some kind of fruit company. And so then I got a call from him saying we don't have to worry about money no more and I said, "That's good. One less thing". Now, Momma said there's only so much fortune a man really needs and the rest is just for showing off. So, I gave a whole bunch of it to the Four Square Gospel Church and I gave a whole bunch to the Bayou La Batre Fishing Hospital. And even though Bubba was dead, and Lieutenant Dan said I was nuts, I gave Bubba's momma Bubba's share. And you know what? She didn't have to work in nobody's kitchen no more. And 'cause I was gazillionaire and I liked doing it so much, I cut that grass for free. But at night time, when there was nothing to do and the house was all empty, I'd always think of Jenny. And then, she was there.
  • Jenny came back and stayed with me. Maybe it was because she had nowhere else to go. Or may be it was because she was so tired, because she went to bed and slept and slept like she hadn't slept in years. It was wonderful having her home. Every day we'd take a walk, and I'd jabber on like a monkey in a tree and she'd listen about ping-pong and shrimpin' boats and Momma makin' a trip to Heaven. I did all the talkin'. Jenny most of the time was real quiet.
  • Sometimes I guess there just aren't enough rocks. I never knew why she came back, but I didn't care. It was like olden times. We was like peas and carrots again. Every day, I pick pretty flowers and put them in her room for her. And she gave me the best gift anyone could ever get in the whole wide world. And she even showed me how to dance. And, well, we was like family... Jenny and me. And it was the happiest time of my life.
  • [At the end of his cross-country run] I'm pretty tired... I think I'll go home now.
  • That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going. When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go... you know... I went.
  • You died on a Saturday morning and I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father's bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin' was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't. Little Forrest, he's doing just fine. About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping pong. He's really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He's so smart, Jenny. You'd be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can't read it. I'm not supposed to, so I'll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away.

Jenny Curran

  • Dear God, make me a bird, so I can fly far, far far away from here.
  • [when the bullies from school were chasing him] Run, Forrest, run!
  • Listen to me, Forrest. When you're in trouble, don't try and be brave, just run. Run away.
  • [about her son] His name's Forrest...I named him after his daddy...You're his daddy, Forrest.
  • Look at you Forrest, that uniform is a trip.

Bubba Blue

  • My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue, but people call me "Bubba". Just like one o' them ol' redneck boys; can you believe that?
  • My family knows ever'thing there is to know 'bout the shrimpin' business. Matter of fact, I'm goin' into the shrimpin' business for myself after I get out o' the Army.
  • What you do is you just drag your nets across the bottom. On a good day, you can catch over a hundred pounds of shrimp. If ever'thing goes all right, two men shirmpin' ten hours, less what you spends on gas, you can...
  • Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich... [pauses] That- that's about it. [The scene changes constantly as Bubba goes on]
  • You know, I bet there's shrimp all in these waters. They tell me these Vietnams is good shrimp. You know, after we win this war, and we take over ever'thing, we can get American shirmpers to come on her and shrimp these waters. We'll just shrimp all the time, man. So much shrimp, why, you wouldn't believe it.


Forrest Gump: [narrating] Sometimes, we had so many people stayin' with us, that every room was filled with travelers. You know, folks livin' out of their suitcases, and hat cases, and samples cases. One time, a young man was staying with us, and he had himself a guitar case.
Elvis Presley: [singing] "Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit, and you ain't no friend of mine."
Mrs. Gump: Forrest! I told you not to bother this nice young man.
Elvis Presley: Oh, no, that's all right, ma'am. I was just showin' him a thing or two on the guitar here.
Mrs. Gump: All right, but your supper's ready if y'all want to eat.
Elvis Presley: Yeah, that sounds good. Thank you, ma'am. [to Young Forrest] Say, man, show me that crazy little walk you just did there. Slow it down some. [singing] "You ain't nothing but a hound dog cryin' all the time."
Forrest Gump: [narrating] I like that guitar, it sounded good. I started moving around to the music, swinging my hips. This one night, me and Momma was out shoppin', and we walked right by Benson's Furniture and Appliance store, and guess what.
[Mrs. Gump and Young Forrest watch Elvis on T.V.]
Mrs. Gump: This is not children's eyes. [walks away]
[Young Forrest takes one last look at Elvis]
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Some years later, that handsome young man who they called "The King", well, he sung too many songs, had himself a heart attack something. Must be hard being a king. You know, it's funny how you remember some things, but some things you can't.

Mrs. Gump: You do your very best now, Forrest.
Young Forrest: I sure will, Momma.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] I remember the bus ride on the first day of school very well.
[Young Forrest looks at the bus driver smoking a cigarette]
Bus Driver: Are you comin' along?
Young Forrest: Momma says not to be taking rides from strangers.
Bus Driver: This is the bus to school.
Young Forrest: I'm Forrest Gump.
Bus Driver: I'm Dorothy Harris.
Young Forrest: Well, we now ain't strangers anymore.
[The bus driver smiles; Young Forrest gets on the school bus]
Boy #1: This seat's taken.
Boy #2: It's taken!
Boy #3: You can't sit here.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] You know, it's funny what a young man recollects. 'Cause I don't remember being born. I, I don't recall what I got for my first Christmas and I don't know when I went on my first outdoor picnic. But, I do remember the first time I heard the sweetiest voice in the wide world.
Young Jenny: You can sit here if you want.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. She was like an angel.
Young Jenny: Well, are you gonna sit down, or aren't ya?
[Young Forrest sits down next to Jenny]
Young Jenny: What's wrong with your legs?
Young Forrest: Um, nothing at all, thank you. My legs are just fine and dandy.
Young Jenny: Then why do you have those shoes on?
Young Forrest: Momma says my back is as crooked at a question mark
Forrest Gump: [narrating] I just sat next to her on that bus and had conversation all the way to school. And next to Momma, no one ever talked to me or asked me questions.
Young Jenny: Are you stupid or something?
Young Forrest: Momma says stupid is as stupid does.
Young Jenny: I'm Jenny.
Young Forrest: I'm Forrest. Forrest Gump.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] From that day on, we was always together. Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.

John F. Kennedy: [skakes Forrest's hand] Congratulations. How does it feel to be an All-American?
Forrest Gump: I gotta pee.
John F. Kennedy: [turns to camera and smiles] I believe he said he had to go pee.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Sometime later, for no particular reason, somebody shot that nice young President in his car. And a few years after that, somebody shot his little brother, too, only he was in a hotel kitchen. It must be hard being brothers. I wouldn't know.

Jenny Curran: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you're gonna be?
Forrest Gump: Who I'm gonna be?
Jenny Curran: Yeah.
Forrest Gump: Aren't I going to be me?
Jenny Curran: Well, you'll always be you, just another kind of you. You know? I want to be famous. I want to be a singer like Joan Baez. I just want to be an empty stage with my guitar, my voice... just me. And I want to reach people on a personal level. I want to be able to say things, just one-to-one.

Jenny Curran: Have you ever been with a girl, Forrest?
Forrest Gump: [nervously] I sit next to them in my home economics class all the time.

Forrest Gump: Hello. I'm Forrest, Forrest Gump.
Recruit Officer: [yelling] Nobody gives a horse's shit who you are, fuzzball! You're not even a low-life, scum-sucking maggot! Get your faggoty ass on the bus, you're in the Army now!
[Forrest quicky gets on the Army bus]
Recruit #1: This seat's taken.
Recruit #2: It's taken.
Forrest Gump: [describing his induction day] At first, it seemed like I made a mistake. Seeing how it was my induction day and I was already gettin' yelled at.
Bubba Blue: You can sit down... if you want to.
[Forrest sits down next to Bubba]
Forrest Gump: [narrating] I didn't know who I might meet or what they might ask?
Bubba Blue: Have you ever been on a real shrimp boat?
Forrest Gump: No, but I've been on a real big boat.
Bubba Blue: I'm talkin' about a shrimp catchin' boat. I've been workin' on shrimp boats all my life. I started out on my uncle's boat, that's my mother's brother, when I was maybe about nine. I was just lookin' into buyin' a boat of my own and got drafted. My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue, but people call me "Bubba". Just like one o' them ol' redneck boys. Can you believe that?
Forrest Gump: My name's Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] So Bubba was from Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and his momma cooked shrimp. And her momma before her cooked shrimp. And her momma before her momma cooked shrimp, too. Bubba family knew everything there was to know about the shrimpin' business.
Bubba Blue: I know ever'thing there is to know about the shrimpin' business. Matter of fact, I'm goin' into the shrimpin' business for myself after I get out o' the Army.
Forrest Gump: Okay.

Drill Sergeant: GUMP! What's your sole purpose in this army?!
Forrest Gump: To do whatever you tell me, drill sergeant!
Drill Sergeant: Goddammit, Gump! You're a goddamned genius! Thats the most outstanding answer I have ever heard! You must have a goddamned I.Q. of 160! You are goddamned gifted, Private Gump! Listen up, people...
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Now for some reason I fit in the army like one of them round pegs. It's not really hard. You just make your bed real neat and remember to stand up straight and always answer every question with "Yes, drill sergeant!"
Drill Sergeant: This is one very intelligent individual! You lock your scuzzy bodies up behind that private and do exactly what he does and you will go far in this man's army! Is that clear?!
Forrest Gump, Recruits: YES, DRILL SERGEANT!

Forrest Gump: [has finished assembling his rifle] DONE, DRILL SERGEANT!
Drill Sergeant: GUMP! Why did you put that weapon together so quickly, Gump?!
Forrest Gump: [confused] You told me to, Drill Sergeant?
Drill Sergeant: Jesus H. Christ! [looks at stopwatch] This is a new company record! If it wouldn't be such a waste of a damn-fine enlisted man, I'd recommend you for O.C.S.! You are gonna be a general someday, Gump! now disassemble you weapon and continue!

Jenny Curran: You can't keep doing this, Forrest. You can't keep tryin' to rescue me all the time.
Forrest Gump: They was tryin' to grab you.
Jenny Curran: A lot of people try to grab me. Just... you can't keep doing this all the time!
Forrest Gump: I can't help it. I love you.
Jenny Curran: Forrest, you don't know what love is. You remember that time we prayed, Forrest? We prayed for God to turm me into a bird so I could fly far, far away?
Forrest Gump: Yes, I do.
Jenny Curran: You think I can fly off this bridge?
Forrest Gump: Whay do you mean, Jenny?
Jenny Curran: Nothing.

Forrest Gump: Bye-bye, Jenny. They sendin' me to Vietnam. It's this whole other country.
Jenny Curran: [despondent] Listen, you promise me something, okay? Just if you're ever in trouble, don't try to be brave, you just run, okay? Just run away.
Forrest Gump: Okay. Jenny, I'll write you all the time.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And just like that, she was gone.

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: You must be my F.N.G.'s.
Bubba Blue, Forrest Gump: [in unison] Morning', sir! [They salute]
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Ho! Get your hands down. Do not salute me. There are goddamned snipers all around this area who would love to grease an officer. I'm Lieutenant Dan Taylor. Welcome to Fourth Platoon. [looks at Bubba] What's wrong with your lips?
Bubba Blue: I was born with big gums, sir.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Yeah, well, you better tuck that in. Gonna get that caught on a trip wire. Where you boys from in the world?
Bubba Blue, Forrest Gump: [in unison] Alabama, sir!
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: You twins?
[Forrest and Bubba look at each other oddly]
Forrest Gump: No, we are not relations, sir.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Look, it's pretty basic here. You stick with me, you learn from the guys who been in country awhile, you'll be right. There is one item of G.I. gear that can be the difference between a live grunt and a dead grunt. Socks, cushion, sole, O.D. green. Try and keep your feet dry when we're out humpin'. I want you boys to remember to change your socks wherever we stop. The Mekong will eat a grunt's feet right off his legs. Sergeant Sims! Goddamnit, where is that sling-rope I told you to order?
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Lieutenant Dan sure knew his stuff. I felt real lucky he was my lieutenant. He was from a long, great military tradition. Somebody in his family had fought and died in every single American war. I guess you could say he had a lot to live up to.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: So, you boys are from Arkansas, huh? Well, I've been through there. Little Rock's a fine town. Now, go shake down your gear, see the platoon sergeant, draw what you need for the field. If you boys are hungry, we got steaks burnin' right here. Two standing orders in this platoon. One, take good care of your feet. Two, try not to do anything stupid, like gettin' yourself killed.
Forrest Gump: I sure hope I don't let him down.

Forrest Gump: [describing Vietnam] I got to see a lot of countryside. We would take these real long walks. We was always looking for some guy named Charlie. It wasn't always fun. Lieutenant Dan was always get these funny feelings about a rock or a trail on the road, so he'd tell us to get down, shut up.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Get down! Shut up!
Forrest Gump: [narrating] So we did. Now I don't know much about anything, but I think some of American's best young men served in this war. There was Dallas from Phoenix. Cleveland, he was from Detroit. And Tex was, well, I don't remember where Tex come from.

Bubba Blue: I'm gonna lean up against you, you just lean right back against me. This way, we don't have to sleep with our heads in the mud. You know why we a good partnership, Forrest? 'Cause we be watchin' out for one another. Like brothers and stuff. Hey, Forrest, there's somethin' I've been thinkin' about. I got a very important question to ask you. How would you like to go into the shrimpin' business with me?
Forrest Gump: Okay.
Bubba Blue: Man, I tell you what, I got it all figured out, too. So many pounds of shrimp to pay off the boat, so many pounds for gas, we can just live right on the boat. We ain't got to pay no rent. I'll be the captain; we can just work it together. Split everything right down the middle. Man, I'm tellin' you, fifty-fifty. And, hey, Forrest, all the shrimp you can get.
Forrest Gump: That's a fine idea.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Bubba did have a fine idea.

Forrest Gump: [narrating] If I'd a known this was gonna be the last time me and Bubba was gonna talk, I'd a thought of something better to say.
Forrest Gump: Hey, Bubba.
Bubba Blue: Hey, Forrest. Forrest, why'd this happen?
Forrest Gump: You got shot.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Then Bubba said something I won't even forget.
Bubba Blue: [last words] I wanna go home.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain't something you can find just around the corner. Bubba was gonna be a shrimpin' boat captain, but instead he died right there by that river in Vietnam. That's all I have to say about that.

Fat Man at Bench: It was a bullet, wasn't it?
Forrest Gump: A bullet?
Fat Man at Bench: That jumped up and bit you?
Forrest Gump: Oh, yes sir. Bit me directly in the buttocks. They said it was a million dollar wound, but the Army must keep that money, 'cause I ain't seen a nickel of that million dollars. The only good thing about being wounded in the buttocks is the ice cream. They gave me all the ice cream I could eat. And guess what? A good friend of mine is in the bed right next door.

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Now, you listen to me. We all have a destiny. Nothing just happens, it's all part of a plan. I should have died out there with my men! But now, I'm nothing but a goddamned cripple! A legless freak. Look! Look! Look at me! Do you see that? Do you know what it's like not to be able to use your legs?
Forrest Gump: Well... Yes, sir, I do.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Did you hear what I said?! You cheated me. I had a destiny. I was supposed to die in the field! With honor! That was my destiny! And you cheated me out of it! You understand what I'm saying, Gump?! This wasn't supposed to happen. Not to me. I had a destiny. I was Lieutenant Dan Taylor.
Forrest Gump: You still are Lieutenant Dan.

Lyndon B. Johnson: [putting the Medal of Honor on Forrest] America owes you a debt of gratitude, son. Now I understand you were wounded. Where were you hit?
Forrest Gump: In the buttocks, sir.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Oh, that must be a sight. [whispering to Forrest] I'd kinda like to see that.
[Forrest shows him; Johnson walks away embarrassed]
Lyndon B. Johnson: God damn, son!

Abbie Hoffman: Tell us a little bit about the war, man.
Forrest Gump: The war in Vietnam?
Abbie Hoffman: [to audience] War in Viet-Fucking-Nam! [audience cheers wildly]

Forrest Gump: You know what I think? I think you should go home to Greenbow, ALABAMA!
Jenny Curran: Forrest, we have very different lives, you know.
[Forrest gives Jenny the Medal of Honor]
Forrest Gump: I want you to have this.
Jenny Curran: Forrest, I can't keep this.
Forrest Gump: I got it just by doing what you told me to do.
Jenny Curran: Why're you so good to me?
Forrest Gump: You're my girl.
Jenny Curran: I'll always be your girl.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And just like that, she was out of my life again.

Dick Cavett: Here he is, Forrest Gump, right here. Mr. Gump, have a seat. Forrest Gump, John Lennon.
John Lennon: Welcome home.
Dick Cavett: You had quite a trip. Can you, uh, tell us, uh, what was China like?
Forrest Gump: Well, in the land of China, people hardly got nothing at all.
John Lennon: No possesions? [audience laughing]
Forrest Gump: And in China, they never go to church.
John Lennon: No religion, too?
Dick Cavett: It's hard to imagine.
John Lennon: Well, it's easy if you try, Dick.
[Forrest looks oddly at Lennon]
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Some years later, that nice young man from England was on his way home to see his little boy and was signing some autographs. For no particular reason at all, somebody shot him.
[Image of Lennon fades to snow]

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?
Forrest Gump: I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: That's what all these cripples down at the VA talk about: Jesus this and Jesus that. They even had a priest come and talk to me. He said God is listening but I have to help myself. Now if I accept Jesus into my heart, I'll get to walk beside him in the kingdom of Heaven. Did you hear what I said? Walk beside him in the kingdom of Heaven! Well kiss my crippled ass. God is listening? What a crock of shit!
Forrest Gump: I'm going to Heaven, Lieutenant Dan.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Well before you go, why don't you get your ass down to the corner and get us another bottle of wine.
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir.

Richard M. Nixon: [awarding Forrest the United States table tennis tournament medal] So how are you enjoying in our nation's capitol, young man?
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir.
Richard M. Nixon: So where are you staying?
Forrest Gump: Uh... it's called the Hotel Ebbott.
Richard M. Nixon: Oh, no, I know of this much nicer hotel that's very new. It's very modern. I'll have my people set you up and take care of it for you.

[Forrest stays at the Watergate Hotel on the night of June 17, 1972]
Security Guard: Security, Frank Wills.
Forrest Gump: Yeah, sir, you might want to send a maintenance man over to that office across the way. The lights are off, and they must be looking for the fuse box or something, 'cause them flashlights they're, they're keeping me awake.
Security Guard: Okay, sir. I'll check it out.
Forrest Gump: Thank you.
Security Guard: No problem.
Forrest Gump: Good night.
Security Guard: Good night.

Richard M. Nixon: [on T.V.] Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Vice President Ford will be sworn into office at that hour in this office.
Discharge Officer: Sergeant Gump!
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir!
Discharge Officer: As you were. I have your discharge papers. Your service is up, son.
Forrest Gump: Does this mean I can't play ping-pong no more?
Discharge Officer: For the Army, it does.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And just like that, my service in the United States Army was over. So I went home.

Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan, what are you doing here?
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: I thought I'd try out my sea legs.
Forrest Gump: But you ain't got no legs, Lieutenant Dan.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: [mildly irritated, but understanding] Yes... yes, I know that. You wrote me a letter, you idiot! Well, well, Captain Forest Gump. I had to see the for myself... and... I told you if you were ever a Shrimp-Boat Captain, I'd be your first mate. Well, here I am; I am a man of my word.
Forrest Gump: [shakes his hand] Okay!
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: [points a finger at him] Yeah, but don't you be thinking that I'm going to be calling you sir'!
Forrest Gump: No, sir.

Forrest Gump: Still, no shrimp.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Okay, so I was wrong.
Forrest Gump: Well, how we gonna do that?
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Well, maybe you should just pray for shrimp.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] So I went to church every Sunday. Sometimes Lieutenant Dan came, too. Though I think he left the praying up to me.
Forrest Gump: [dejected] No shrimp.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: [looking at their fruitless shrimping] Where the hell's this God of yours?
Forrest Gump: [narrating] It's funny Lieutenant Dan said that, 'cause right then, God showed up. Now me, I was scared. But Lieutenant Dan, he was mad.

Forrest Gump: [narrating] Aftef that, shrimpin' was easy. And since people needed them shrimps for shrimp cocktails and barbecues and all. And since we were the only boat left standing, "Bubba-Gump" shrimp's what they got. We got a whole bunch of boats. Twelve Jennys, a big ol' warehouse, we even have hats that say "Bubba-Gump" on 'em. "Bubba-Gump Shrimp". It's a household name.
Fat Man at Bench: Hold on there, boy. Are you telling me you're the owner of the Bubba-Gump Shrimp Corporation?
Forrest Gump: Yes, sir. We've got more money than Davy Crockett.
Fat Man at Bench: Boy, I've heard some whoppers in my time, but that tops them all. We was sitting next to a millionaire! [laughs and walks away]

Forrest Gump: What's the matter, Momma?
Mrs. Gump: I'm dyin', Forrest. Come on in, sit down over here.
Forrest Gump: Why are you dyin', Momma?
Mrs. Gump: It's my time. It's just my time. Oh, now, don't you be afraid, sweetheart. Death is just a part of life. It's something we're all destined to do. I didn't know it, but I was destined to be your momma. I did the best I could.
Forrest Gump: You did good, Momma.
Mrs. Gump: Well, I happened to believe you make your own destiny. You have to do the best with what God gave you.
Forrest Gump: What's my destiny, Momma?
Mrs. Gump: You're gonna have to figure that out for yourself. Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Momma always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.
Mrs. Gump: I will miss you, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] She had got the cancer and died on a Tuesday. I bought her a new hat with little flowers on it. And that's all I have to say about that.

Jenny Curran: I'm going to bed.
Forrest Gump: Will you marry me?
[Jenny turns and looks at him]
Forrest Gump: I'd make a good husband, Jenny.
Jenny Curran: You would, Forrest.
Forrest Gump: But you won't marry me.
Jenny Curran: [sadly] You don't want to marry me.
Forrest Gump: Why don't you love me, Jenny?
[Jenny says nothing]
Forrest Gump: I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is.

Newsman: For the fourth time on his journey across America, Forrest Gump, gardener from Greenbow, Alabama, is about to cross the Mississippi River again today.
Jenny Curran: [watching T.V.] I'll be damned. Forrest.
Newsman: Sir, why are you running?
Reporter #1: Why are you running?
Reporter #2: Are you doing this for world peace?
Reporter #3: Are you doing this for women's right?
Newsman: Or for the environment?
Reporter #1: Or for animals?
Reporter #3: Or for nuclear arms?
Forrest Gump: [narrating] They just couldn't believe that somebody would do all that running for no particular reason.
Reporter #2: Why are you doing this?
Forrest Gump: I just felt like running.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] I just felt like running.
[Forrest is running, a young man comes running with him]
Young Man: It's you. I can't believe it's really you!
Forrest Gump: [narrating] Now, for some reason what I was doing seemed to make sense to people.
Young Man: I mean, it was like an alarm went off in my head, you know. I said, here's a guy that's got his act together. Here's somebody who's got it, all figured out. Here's somebody who has the answer. I'll follow you anywhere, Mr. Gump.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] So, I got company. And after that I got more company. And then even more people joined in. Somebody later told me it gave people hope. Now, I don't know anything about that, but some of those people asked me if I could help them out.
Aging Hippie: Hey, man, hey, listen. I was wondering if you might help me, huh? Listen, I'm in the bumper sticker business and I've been trying to think up a good slogan. And since you have been such a big inspiration to the people around here, I thought you might be able to help me jump into... Whoa! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dog shit!
Forrest Gump: It happens.
Aging Hippie: What? Shit?
Forrest Gump: Sometimes.
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And some years later, I heard that fella did come up with a bumper sticker slogan and he make a lot of money off of it. Another time I was running along, somebody who had lost all his money in the T-shirt business, and he wanted to put my face on a T-shirt, but he couldn't draw that well and he didn't have a camera.
[A truck splashes mud onto Forrest as it goes by. The wild-eyed man hands Forrest a yellow T-shirt to wipe his face]
Wild-Eyed Man: Here, use this one. Nobody likes that color anyway.
Forrest Gump: [wipes his face on the T-shirt and hands it back to him] Have a nice day.
[The wild-eyed man looks at the T-shirt which displays the Happy Face]
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And some years later, I found out that that man did come up with a idea for a T-shirt and he made a lot of money off of it. Anyway, like I was saying, I had a lot of company. My Momma always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that's what my running was all about. I had run for three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours.
[Forrest stops running and turns around]
Young Man: Quiet! Quiet, he's gonna say something.
Forrest Gump: [long pause] I'm pretty tired... I think I'll go home now.
[The group parts for Forrest as he walks back down the middle of the road]
Young Man: Now what are we supposed to do?
Forrest Gump: [narrating] And just like that, my running days was over. So, I went home to Alabama.

Jenny Curran: [about her son] His name's Forrest.
Forrest Gump: Like me.
Jenny Curran: I named him after his daddy.
Forrest Gump: He got a daddy named Forrest, too?
Jenny Curran: You're his daddy, Forrest.

Jenny Curran: Forrest, I'm sick.
Forrest Gump: What, do you have a cough due to cold?
Jenny Curran: I have some kind of virus. And the doctors don't, they don't know what it is. And there isn't anything they can do about it.
Forrest Gump: You could come home with me. Jenny, you and little Forrest could come stay at my house in Greenbow. I'll take care of you if you're sick.
Jenny Curran: Would you marry me, Forrest?
Forrest Gump: Okay.

Jenny Curran: Hey, Forrest, were you scared in Vietnam?
Forrest Gump: Yes. Well, I, I don't know. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out. And then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou there was over a million sparkles on the water. Like that mountain lake. It was so clear, Jenny. It looks like there were two skies, one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn't tell where heavens stopped and the earth began. It was so beautiful.
Jenny Curran: I wish I could have been there with you.
Forrest Gump: You were.
Jenny Curran: I love you.

[Forrest is waiting with Forrest Jr. for the school bus; The bus arrives and Forrest Jr. is about to board it]
Forrest Gump: Hey, Forrest. Don't... I just wanted to tell you I love you.
Forrest Jr.: [smiles] I love you too, Daddy.
Forrest Gump: I'll be right here when you get back.
[Forrest Jr. looks at the same bus driver, only older now, who drove Young Forrest to school]
Bus Driver: You understand this is the bus to school now, don't you?
Forrest Jr.: Of course, and you're Dorothy Harris and I'm Forrest Gump.
[The bus driver smiles; Forrest Jr. gets on the school bus]


  • The story of a lifetime.
  • The world will never be the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump.
  • Life is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you're gonna get.


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