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Kurt’s Blog: 20 Years of Forrest Gump
Kurt’s Blog: 20 Years of Forrest Gump

It was the the Back to the Future sequels, Spaceballs, Batman, Speed, and Forrest Gump…those were the theater experiences I most remember from my early teen-hood. It’s easily in my Top 10 of movies of all-time. Maybe even Top 5 if I sat down and thought about (and didn’t get caught up with the latest stupid comedy I just saw…I mean, in hindsight, Anchorman is NOT in my Top 10).

Rebecca Williams and Tom Hanks

The first time I saw Forrest Gump…it was with my mom….and with about 15 minutes left in the movie, the film went out. We were all given vouchers to see the film again…but I remember my mom and I sneaking into another theater to see another Forrest Gump that had started an hour later…and watched the rest of it that way.

Afterwards, I remember reading the “film novelization” book of Forrest Gump…which by the way, featured a lot more interaction between Forrest & Elvis Presley.

Forrest Gump brought us all sorts of good stuff…it’s iconic…it teaches history…it featured music that we should all know…and the amount of catch-phrases we still use today is astounding.

My wife’s name is Jennifer…not Jen…not Jenny…it’s Jennifer. I’ve never called her Jen or Jenny…however, I would love to say on a continuous basis…”I love you Jen-nay”.

Just in the past two months, I know for a fact that Big Ken has said “Something jumped up and bit me”….in a Forrest Gump-esque voice. He does a mean Forrest Gump.

You can’t have shrimp without thinking of all the other forms of shrimp you can have.

Tom Hanks (as Forrest Gump)This is how most of my running stories go….”So, it was a 5k…the gun went off…and I … was…running.”

When you see anyone running/jogging down the street…don’t you just want to yell “Run Forrest Run”.!

Same with boxes of chocolate…and just yesterday, when the wind was howling, and the rain was pouring down in Urbandale…I might have screamed up to the heavens like Lt. Dan did in the storm scene.

Let this blow your mind…Ice Cube was almost Bubba. That would have been awesome. I remember watching a movie recently featuring Mykelti Williamson (Bubba)…and immediately thought…you don’t look like Bubba right now…go back to being Bubba.

The special effects were incredible:

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Scenes like these blew my mind at the time…how did they do this? In 1994, this was crazy.

What they did with Lieutanent Dan’s legs was remarkable…completely green-screened, and then they added other bits of furniture digitally to make it all work.

What part chokes me up the most? Not Jenny dying…listen…Jenny isn’t my favorite…she really used Forrest, and never gave him the love he truly deserved. What does get me though…especially now as a dad…is when he meets Lil’ Forrest…and he asks if he’s smart…and, oh screw it…get me my sleeve.

Oh, what does Forrest say in this scene when the mic gets cut?

“Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t come home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that”.

The movie was so complex…yet so simple in its meaning…

“Mama always said, dying was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t.” Forrest says this..and there couldn’t be a more true statement. Same with when he’s holding a dying Bubba in his arms in Vietnam,  “Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain’t something you can find just around the corner”. 

When my kids get older, I will enjoy watching Forrest Gump with them…and I hope they takeaway the same fondness for it as I do.

AWESOME is as AWESOME does

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