Forrest Gump (1994)




Director:    Robert Zemeckis.

Starring:    Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), Rebecca Williams (Nurse at Park Bench), Sally Field (Mrs. Gump), Michael Conner Humphreys (Young Forrest), Harold G. Herthum (Doctor), George Kelly (Barber), Bob Penny (Crony), John Randall (Crony), Sam Anderson (Principal), Margo Moorer (Louise), Ione M. Telech (Elderly Woman), Christine Seabrook (Elderly Woman's Daughter), John Worsham (Southern Gentleman / Landowner), Peter Dobson (Young Elvis Presley), Siobhan Fallon (School Bus Driver).

fanciful story but covers a lot of historical events





Very good film.  One way to talk about fairly recent controversial history is not to take sides politically one way or another, but to have a mentally challenged character like Gump (Tom Hank) as the hero.  Gump does not take sides because he is a little slow mentally with an extraordinary amount of accidental encounters with history.  

Such  events as the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the Black Panther Party, and Watergate are all treated as a source of wonderment and amazement through the eyes of Gump -- a very good, well-meaning man who becomes a multi-millionaire largely by accident.  

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.






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