Movie Reviews: Forrest Gump
   
 



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Studio:
     (2 hr. 10 min.)
Plot:
     America's history is rewritten by a mentally impaired man.
Cast:
     Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Fields
Rating:
     PG13
Bottom Line:
     ****

Coverage:

     Tom Hanks plays title character Forrest Gump, a mentally impaired man who somehow manages to meet and influence famous American 20th century figures.
     While sitting on a bus stop, eating a box of chocolates, Gump recounts to other passengers how he single-handedly shaped the '50s, '60s and '70s. Through the course of the film, despite his handicap, Gump becomes a college football star, Vietnam war hero and a shrimp magnate. But wait, it gets better. Gump recounts how he taught Elvis to swivel, inspired John Lennon to write the song "Imagine," and he meets JFK, LBJ, and "Tricky" Dick Nixon. And that's only the tip of the iceberg. Hanks plays the simple minded Gump with believability and convection. However, his acting is upstaged by director Robert Zemeckis' special effects. Zemeckis (Back To The Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit) inserts Hanks into historical footage using special effects so spectacular you don't notice. You actually believe Gump is meeting these historical figures.
     The problem with the film (which seems to be chronic with many summer released films), is that it's too long. It could have easily been trimmed by 20 minutes. But it's a must see -- because the baby shouldn't be thrown out with the bath water.

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