Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump (1994)

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Corrected entry: When Forrest starts to play ping-pong, he says how he plays all the time. In one shot, the camera is laying on the table, looking up at him. Just before the shot changes to the next, you can hear the "clunk" of the ball hitting the camera. I saw this in the DVD and on TV. You know it is the camera because it is loud and sudden, not soft, like what you would hear when it hits a ping-pong paddle.

Correction: It was a sound effect added to make it seem like it hit the camera.

LorgSkyegon

Correction: I'm not sure what you heard, but it could not have been the ball hitting the camera, because in the making of the film documentary, it is shown that the ping-pong ball was computer generated for every scene, so no real ball ever existed.

Jazetopher
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Maybe the sound is confused with the ball hitting the bedpan earlier.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Lt.Dan and Gump are in the apartment after New Years, there is a shot of Lt. Dan with the hooker on his lap where you can see his legs.

Correction: Incorrect. The end of his pants are tied in bunches, and you see that hanging down. A few inches below that you can see the bedspread on the other side, through where his legs should have been.

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Correction: Green blankets are used on his legs (green screened) and then digitally removed so they couldn't have been seen.

Corrected entry: When Forrest is recalling his time playing ping-pong in the US Army, he is playing while other soldiers are watching him instead of the moon landing on July 20, 1969. Then he says "A few years later he went to China.". Then he meets Lt. Dan in NYC at Christmas 1971, as we see New Year's Eve for 1972 happening. Then a little while later he and Lt. Dan are the only shrimp boat to survive Hurricane Camille which hit the gulf coast in August 1969. The time doesn't add up to the sequence of events - it jumps from 1969 (Moon Walk) to 1972 back to 1969.

Packergirl

Correction: They say Carmen not Camille (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Carmen). Carmen was in August 1974 so the timeline is fine - 1969 to 1972 to 1974.

Myridon
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Corrected entry: Jenny comes to visit Forrest as he is mowing his yard on the riding lawn mower. The first shot shows Forrest still mowing the edge of the long grass but the shot that shows him walking towards Jenny, the lawnmower is off of the line he was mowing and is away from the long grass - if you look, the grass in front of the lawn mower is already cut. (01:40:30)

Correction: He probably was going over the same place again, after he'd already mowed it. It's definitely something Forrest would do.

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Corrected entry: The Mike Douglas Show was shot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 5th and Market St. It was not in New York City as it was in the movie.

Correction: That was "The Dick Cavett Show" not "The Mike Douglas Show".

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Corrected entry: When Bubba and Forrest are in the helicopter on their way to Vietnam, their is another guy sitting with them (it says 'Duke' on his helmet) to their right. However, when the chopper lands and they get out, the guy exits on the opposite side of the helicopter. Seeing as how he would have had to get through the tiny space between Bubba, Forrest and the front seat of the chopper, shouldn't he have just gone out the side he was sitting on?

Correction: It's a different guy who wasn't shown in the shots inside the helicopter. Shortly before the landing one can see Duke AND this guy sitting at both doors.

NancyFelix
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Corrected entry: When Forrest is sleeping in the hospital, right before lieutenant Dan pulls him off the bed, you see a ping pong paddle and ball on his bed with a hand on the handle. But it is not his hand. First of all, there's no way he could get the right hand in that position, secondly, when he is pulled off the bed, the hand stays there. Why would someone else be holding a ping pong paddle on his bed?

Correction: It's Forrest's hand, only the wide angle makes it look a little strange, and it also moves when he gets pulled off the bed.

NancyFelix
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Corrected entry: Jenny inexplicably joins the Black Panthers for a short time. Forrest meets up with her at a Black panther outpost. In reality, the Black Panthers were totally a Black Separatist organization (as directly implied by the Black Panther leader explaining the club's purpose to Forrest), and never recruited whites to join them - ever.

Correction: It's never suggested she has actually joined, just that she knows some people in it.

David Mercier
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They actually were willing to work with white people who shared their beliefs.

Corrected entry: In the scene when it is New Year's Eve, it is midnight in New York where Forrest and Lt Dan are. However Jenny is in San Francisco which is three hours behind New York, but it is still midnight.

Correction: The point of those scenes is to contrast how Forrest and Jenny spent their New Years. Not really a mistake, rather a filmmakers way of showing two different lives at the same time. Also, in the Midwest, Mountain and Pacific time zones, they often show NYC's New Years ahead of their own and then go to local coverage for the "actual midnight." And the film doesn't assert both of those events are happening simultaneously, anyway.

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Corrected entry: When Forrest was running from the truck, the truck came about a foot behind him in one scene. In the next scene, he's ahead of the truck quite a bit.

Correction: This is to show how fast he can be.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Jenny brings Forrest in from the rain into her dorm room, she grabs a blanket off of the bed by the one that Forrest is sitting on. When Jenny sits down there, her roommate is on the bed that was empty before.

Correction: Jenny takes a bathrobe from the bed, not a blanket. It's entirely possible that the bathrobe was lying on the foot of the bed whilst the room mate was sleeping in it.

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Corrected entry: When you see the old footage of the KKK, to the left you see the tracks of the camera dolly. Verified in the DVD.

Correction: The film crew used an old shot of the KKK, and added in Tom Hanks so that it looks like he and the KKK are together in the shot. The tracks are from the old shot, which is also explained in the DVD.

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Corrected entry: When Forrest is running across America and decides to stop in the desert, he is heading East (as is obvious by his shadow). He says "I think I'll go home now", turns around, and walks West...away from home.

Correction: I've been at that specific location (I even took a picture last year acting like Forrest on that scene and I double-check with the movie, just to prove myself I'm right). It is in Monument Valley, right on the border of Arizona and Utah. Forrest is heading north-east to Utah from Monument Valley . Even though he is living in Alabama (East) and the road back that he takes is heading south-west, it is probably more practical for him to go back to Flagstaff (for the closest highway) or Phoenix (for a plane). Because I drove that road, I can confirm that Forrest does the right thing if he wants to go back quickly.

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Corrected entry: When Forrest begins his run across the country it is early in the morning or afternoon in Alabama. It's very bright out, and his shadow is indicative of a time close to noon. When he stops running he says 'I had run for three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours'. He stops running in the Midwest. Even with the time zone and generous allowance for estimating his departure, it would be dark in the Mid-West, sixteen hours later. But it's light out.

Correction: Forest mentioned that he had stopped a few times during his trek by saying"... when I was sleepy, I slept...etc." So he may had been referring to his actual running time minus his resting/eating sessions that would've caused the time delay.

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Corrected entry: While Forrest is in the hospital with his war wound, all his mail is returned to him that he had been writing to Jenny. The zip code for Greenbow, AL on the first letter is 39902. On the second letter however, it is 96602. All the other letters have 39902 as the zip code. 39902 doesn't exist in the United States.

Correction: 96602 is a zip code used for APO/FPO addresses for American Forces overseas. It was probably Forrest's zip code in Vietnam and is a mistake he would likely make.

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Corrected entry: When Young Forrest and Mrs. Gump walks by the Appliance Store and sees Elvis Presley perform "Hound Dog," that performance originally aired on June 5, 1956 on the Milton Berle Show while Forrest had yet started Elementary School, but when Governor George Wallace gives his infamous "Stand at the Schoolhouse Door" speech, the date that event occurred was June 11, 1963. So, there's no way that Forrest Started Kindergarten in 1956 and be in College already by 1963, especially with a below average IQ. Now, if I go off of the Jenny's date of birth off of her grave which was sometime in 1942 or '43 (I don't have the exact date), we can assume that Forrest would be the correct age when in college in 1963; that would mean also that Elvis Presley performed "Hound Dog" earlier than 1956 (more like 1949 or 1950, while Elvis would've been still relatively unknown at that point in history.).

jmmoosey

Correction: It is a major plot point that Forest is slower than alot of people so begining school around 13 or 14 makes sense. it is also never stated that he was in kindergarden for his first day of school.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Jenny asks Forrest if he thinks she could fly off the bridge, a car is coming towards them - in the next shot it's gone.

Correction: It's gone because it takes a right turn before it enters the bridge.

NancyFelix
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Corrected entry: In the scene where Lt. Dan is confronting Forrest outside the Dick Cavet show Lt. Dan Loses control of his wheelchair. As it spins out of control and flies by the camera you can clearly see Gary's Legs.

Correction: We only see his rather long stumps.

NancyFelix
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Corrected entry: In the the scene where he receives his discharge orders (and when he subsequently returns home) the ribbons on his uniform do not include the one for the Medal of Honor. Just because he gave his actual medal to Jenny, he'd still be entitled to wear the ribbon, as far as the Army's concerned.

Correction: In Forrest's mind, he gave Jenny the medal because he earned it by doing what she told him to do, and probably then chose not to wear the ribbon. Think about it, he loves Jenny so much that he forfeits all the perks associated with wearing the ribbon, because in his mind Jenny is the person entitled to the medal.

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Corrected entry: When Forrest and Bubba meet Lieutenant Dan for the first time, he has a roll of toilet paper in his hand. During the scene, he walks them toward a soldier whom he begins to yell at. As he is yelling at the soldier, his hands appear with no toilet paper, then a roll in the right hand, then no roll again. As he approaches the "bathroom", Lieutenant Dan picks up a roll from the side of the door.

Correction: Lt. Dan is holding the roll with his fingertips all the time. Sometimes you can't see it because it's below the frame while a part of the hand is still visible. And he certainly doesn't pick up any roll in the booth.

NancyFelix

Factual error: During the 1972 New Year's Eve celebration, Forrest drinks a Dr. Pepper with a logo that wasn't devised until around the mid 80s.

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Trivia: Dave Chappelle was originally offered the role of Bubba in Forrest Gump in a pre-production stage. He was concerned that the character was racially demeaning, so he turned down the part. He has since admitted to regretting the decision.

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Question: How did Lieutenant Dan find out about Forrest and Jenny's wedding? Forrest appears to be surprised to see him there, and Jenny had never met him before.

Answer: Presumably, Forrest called Dan and invited him. He seemed surprised to see Dan standing. The last time Forrest saw Dan he was in a wheelchair. His reaction was all about Dan's "magic legs".

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