Forrest Gump - Robert Zemeckis (1994)

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The film by Robert Zemeckis of 1994 which enshrined Tom Hanks as the number one American actor, it has also a notable soundtrack.

Forrest Gump is perhaps a metaphor of the pure American, pioneer and winning because he is not distracted by the doubts that come from the knowledge (and intelligence), as, instead, is the case of his girlfriend. Perhaps instead it is an ironic mockery of the American myth, where anyone can become president, or at least successful entrepreneur, even if starting from scratch (or even -10, understood as IQ) but on condition that he will be totally gullible and follows the instructions without ask any questions.

In the ambiguity of the character, beautifully made ​​by Hanks, lies the strength of the film: it makes people laugh but also causes emotional involvement, it ironizes on the myths that run alongside the main character, without undermining his only real goal, take up with his classmate in elementary, Jenny, and in the same time makes an overview of the myths themselves (and the American history alongside) from the '60s to the '90s.

Myths that pass near the unflappable protagonist without touching him, only scratching very little its steel core and his few but strong certainties. So to succeed you need to be pure, or even stupid? And apart from the material success in the end, Forrest is happy? And the myth of the run, several times in the movie, it's a race to the future or a runaway? These are the questions that make the film intriguing.

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Soundtrack

On the soundtrack it is present all the music that has made ​​rock history, from Elvis Presley to the generational anthems like Blowin' in the Wind of Bob Dylan (sung by Joan Baez, two myths in one) to Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth, to the Jefferson Airplane's Volunteers, then the Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Simon & Garfunkel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, in an effective and non-trivial ride summary.
Here below the main songs in order of appearance, linked to the moment of the film in which they are used.

Title

Performer

Author

Moment

Lovesick Blues

Hank Williams

Cliff Friend & Irving Mills

The blues played on guitar by Elvis in his room at the guest house of the mother of Forrest.

Hound Dog

Elvis Presley

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

Elvis Presley, former lodger of his mother, dancing on a TV show as he had seen doing by Forrest.

Rebel Rouser

Duane Eddy

Duane Eddy & Lee Hazlewood

The race of Forrest to escape his high school classmates in the car.

(I Don't Know Why) But I Do

Clarence "Frogman" Henry

Paul Gayten & Robert Gudry

Forrest looks at Jenny, who is in a Chevrolet with a guy, Billy, in rain, out of his female college, and intervenes.

Walk Right In

The Rooftop Singers

H. Woods, Gus Cannon, Bill Svanoe & Eric Darling

In the background on the radio at Jenny's room, home to Forrest after the previous episode.

Hanky Panky

Tommy James & The Shondells

Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich

Forrest at the entrance of the club where he performs Jenny after his expulsion from college, because her photos were published on Playboy magazine.

Blowin' In The Wind

Joan Baez

Bob Dylan

The song chosen by Jenny for his theatrical performance of almost strip-tease, not very much appreciated by the public.

Fortunate Son

Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Fogerty

Upon arrival by helicopter in Vietnam, in the operational area.

Respect

Aretha Franklin

Otis Redding

The meeting with Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise), at the base camp.

Sloop John B

The Beach Boys

Brian Wilson

During the brief training of Forrest and Bubba on part of the Lieutenant Dan (main advice: let keep your socks dry).

All Along The Watchtower

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Bob Dylan

The first exit in exploration with the platoon of Forrest and Bubba, looking for "Charlie " (the nickname for the Viet Cong guerrillas).

People Are Strange

The Doors

The Doors

The beginning of the rainy season in the jungles of Vietnam.

California Dreamin'

The Mamas And The Papas

John Phillips & Michelle Phillips

Forrest in the jungle under the the rain, he wrote letter after letter to Jenny.

For What It's Worth

Buffalo Springfield

Stephen Stills

End of the rainy season and the commencement of the War of the Vietcong, which attack and destroy his platoon.

What The World Needs Now Is Love

Jackie De Shannon

Burt Bacharach & Hal David

Forrest discovers ping-pong (or vice versa) in the clinic.

Hello, I Love You

The Doors

The Doors

First table tennis game.

Break On Through (To The Other Side)

The Doors

The Doors

During the training of the future champion of table tennis Forrest.

Mrs. Robinson

Simon & Garfunkel

Paul Simon

Homecoming for Forrest, awarded the Medal of Honor for saving his comrades (and the reluctant Lt. Dan Taylor).

Volunteers

Jefferson Airplane

Marty Balin & Paul Kantner

The largest demonstration for peace in Vietnam in 1969, in which is involved an unconscious Forrest, war hero and veteran.

Pump And Circumstance

Dresden Philharmonic

Sir Edward Elgar

The sensational encounter between Forrest and Jenny in the big event.

Hey Joe

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Billy Roberts

In the background during the speech of the Black Panthers.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Other famous pacifist anthem of the 60s, in the background during the dialogue between Jenny and Forrest, after the previous episode.

Get Together

The Youngbloods

Chet Powers

Walking at night with Jenny in Washington.

San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)

Scott McKenzie

John Phillips

When Jenny tells of his wanderings in America, direction San Francisco, of course.

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)

The Byrds

Pete Seeger

The departure of Jenny (but with her revolutionary man).

Aquarius

The Fifth Dimension

James Rado, Gerome Ragni & Gault McDermott

Ping pong game.

Joy To The World

Three Dog Night

Hoyt Axton

The challenge of table tennis with the Chinese players.

Everybody's Talkin'

Harry Nilsson

Fred Neil

The new meeting with Lieutenant Dan, desperate war veteran.

Silent Night

 

(tradizionale)

Performed by the military in Vietnam, on television, in the hotel room of Lieutenant Dan

Love Her Madly

The Doors

The Doors

Jenny leaves her hotel room and her lover in the New Year's Eve 1971.

Amazing Grace

 

(tradizionale)

Sung by all together for the new year.

Let's Work Together

Canned Heat

Wilbert Harrison

In the hotel room with Lt. Dan and the two prostitutes met at the bar.

Jesus On The Mainline

Solista: Donny Gerrard

(arr. Alan Silvestri)

Gospel music, in the background during the meeting with Bubba's mother.

Get Down Tonight

KC & The Sunshine Band

Harry Wayne Casey & Richard Finch

Dance music played in the room where Jenny and her friends take cocaine.

Free Bird

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Allen Collins & Ronnie Van Zant

The dramatic scene of the suicide-proof of Jenny, spiked with her partner (this time with heroin), poised on the ledge of a balcony, on a skyscraper. The lyrics of the Lynyrd Skynyrd's song connects to the sentence that said Jenny girl, when she dreamed of flying away like a bird, from the bad things in the world.

Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man)

Randy Newman

Randy Newman

Looking for shrimps with Lieutenant Dan in the fishing boat named Jenny.

Plant My Feet On Higher Ground

Coro gospel

Ruth E. David

Gospel music in the church. Forrest prays to find finally the shrimps out in the sea.

I've Got A New Home

Coro gospel

(Arr. Marlena Smalls)

Gospel music in the church. Forrest has found the shrimps.

Sweet Home Alabama

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Ronnie Van Zant, Ed King & Gary Rossington

Jenny coming back to Alabama.

Running On Empty

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne

First song that accompanies the race without end, from one end of America, of the abandoned Forrest.

Go Your Own Way

Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham

Another song during the race of the indefatigable marathon man.

It Keeps You Runnin'

The Doobie Brothers

Michael McDonald

Again about the race.

Against The Wind

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Bob Seger

The race continues. "Mama always said, you have to throw the past behind you, before going forward. "

 

Other songs in the movie

 

Title

Performer

Author

Sugar Shack

Jimmy Gilmer And The Fireballs

Keith McCormack & Fay Voss

Paramount Newsreel Music

E.Y. Harburg, Elsie Janis, Irving Kahal & Jack King

Alessandro Cicognini, Sammy Fain, Jay Gorney,

Land of 1000 Dances

Wilson Pickett

Chris Kenner

I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)

The Four Tops

Edward Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland

Rainy Day Women#12 & 35

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Soul Kitchen

The Doors

Densmore, Krieger, Morrison, Manzarek

Stoned Love

The Supremes

Frank E. Wilson & Yennik Samoht

Thanks For The Memory

Bing Crosby

Ralph Rainger & Leo Robin

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

B.J. Thomas

Burt Bacharach & Hal David

Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree

Tony Orlando And Dawn

L. Russell Brown & Irwin Levine

My Rock

Solista: Oren Waters

(Arr. Paul Owens)

I've Got To Use My Imagination

Gladys Knight & The Pips

Gerry Goffin & Barry Goldberg

On The Road Again

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

Camelot

 

Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe

Webster's Boomer

 

David Frank

 

Characters & Interpreters

 

Interpreter

Character

Notes

Tom Hanks

Forrest Gump

A fundamental interpretation in the career of the great American actor.

Robin Wright Penn

Jenny Curran

The love of a lifetime for Forrest, Jenny is a character opposed to that of the protagonist, a symbol of that part of America that is never satisfied and it's always looking for something more, regularly frustrated, inevitably destined for unhappiness. Jenny also represents, however, an inexhaustible thrust behind the success of Forrest..

Sally Field

Mrs. Gump

The great actress plays the mother of Forrest, single mother and absolutely determined to get all that America can give to a boy, regardless of its starting point. She will succeed fully using all lawful means, or almost.

Gary Sinise

Second Lieutenant Dan Taylor

Reference point and vice father for Forrest, he will also get a lot from his former soldier.

Mykelti Williamson

Benjamin Buford 'Bubba' Blue

The close friend of Forrest in Vietnam, with the same intellectual level and with the same propensity to set a goal and never give up. As Forrest, he is a perfect soldier.

Michael Conner Humphreys

Forrest Gump as a child

Perhaps he looks not so much to Tom Hanks, but is perfect for the part of a very special kid.

Hanna Hall

Jenny Curran as a child

Very effective in making the nuances of melancholy of the little Jenny, the baby actress then began a career as an actress with several film and television productions, including participation in the Sofia Coppola film "The Virgin Suicides. " She was 9 years old during production of the film (born 1984).

Haley Joel Osment

Forrest Gump Jr.

The son of Jenny and Forrest.

Siobhan Fallon

Dorothy Harris, School Bus driver

Gruff but friendly, she is the link to the outside world, both for Forrest and then for his son.

 

A selection of images from the film

 

The feather ...

... and the bench, the theme of the film

A complicated childhood

Enlightened by a decisive encounter

Two children, and their oak

A partnership that will last forever

Hero of racial integration, with JFK

Forrest in Vietnam, with Bubba and Dan

Fighter ...

 ... and war hero ...

... at the march for the peace, with Jenny

 ... in TV with John Lennon

Lieutenant Dan fights against the sea

... live up to the promise made ​​to his friend Bubba

Pause for reflection, throughout America

The wedding with Jenny ...

... unfortunately short ...

... but that leaves to him the most important thing in his life.

 

Images taken from the film, copyright of the producers. The images are selected only for criticism purposes and to promote the knowledge of the film. See also many others images.

 

Quotes

 

"Life's a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get." (Mrs. Gump)

"Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from." (young Jenny)

"You have to do the best with what God gave you." (Mrs. Gump)

"Stupid is as stupid does." (Forrest Gump)

"Have you ever been on a real shrimp boat?" (Bubba)

"My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on." (Forrest Gump)

"I wish I could've been there with you." "You were." (Forrest answers to Jenny)

A wide selection of quotes here.

 

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