Forrest Gump

The life and times of Forrest Gump, growing up in the twentieth century. Forrest makes friends as Bubba and Dan plays on the football team, fights in Vietnam, plays Table Tennis professionally, opens a shrimp company all while innocently trying to discover how the world works, and while trying to get back to his greatest friend, Jenny. After he finds Jenny, they fall in love and have a son named Forrest Jr, and when Jenny dies, Forrest is left to bring up his son on his own. The film ends with Forrest sending his son on his first day of school telling him that he loves him.

Factual error: Jenny shows Forrest a clipping of him in U.S.A Today (first published in September 1982), but on Jenny's grave it says she died on March 22 1982, before the paper even existed.

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Forrest Gump: I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is.

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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: What does Jenny die of? And is it mentioned anywhere in the film at all?

Answer: It's not specified in the film, but in the sequel book "Gump & Co" the author mentions that Jenny dies from Hepatitis C as a former drug addict in the early 70s. Hepatitis C was an unknown disease until 1989.

Answer: In 1981, when Forrest meets Jenny again, she says she has a virus that doctors don't know. This virus was the HIV virus, as 1981 marks the AIDS outbreak in the World.

Answer: It could have been HIV or Hepatitis C or something else. Maybe someone related to the story or even Winston Groom himself told this at some other place. Nonetheless, it's false that it appears in that book.

It absolutely appears in the second book, 'Gump and Company'.

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