Forrest Gump

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

Chosen 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.

Question: What is the "million dollar wound" Forrest says he he got while rescuing Lt.Dan?

Chosen answer: He's refering to being shot in the butt. They called it a million dollar wound because it didn't do any real permanent damage, but the solider would still be taken to a hospital and sent home from Vietnam. It was a great relief to get a million dollar wound rather than be killed or permanently maimed.


Question: By the buses, when Jenny's boyfriend apologizes for hitting her and mentions "that lying S.O.B. Johnson", who is the Johnson he is referring to?

Chosen answer: Johnson refers to Lyndon Johnson, the US President.

William Bergquist

Question: Was there any proof other than Jenny's word that her child was Forrest's child?

Chosen answer: It is implied in many ways, such as the manner in which they sit in front of the TV when they first meet and they way they physically resemble each other. Beyond that, Jenny had never lied to Forrest before and there was no reason to doubt her.


Question: Was anything actually wrong with Forrest mentally (such as slight mental retardation)? Is is possible that he was "normal" but had just been sheltered, hadn't socialized with any kids at a normal age, etc.?

Chosen answer: Gump is stated, in the book at least (can't honestly remember about the film) to have an IQ of around 75. While IQ ranges are somewhat subjective, this would usually be considered to indicate a mild or borderline mental deficiency. It also certainly wouldn't have helped that he's been relatively sheltered.


Question: There's an entry mentioning when little Forrest's foot gets stuck in a drain and how the leaves are there, then not. I've seen this movie at least 20 times but don't ever recall seeing that scene in the movie. Did some countries get an edited version?

Chosen answer: Perhaps. It's near the beginning right after Forrest explains how he got his name.

Greg Dwyer

Question: When Forrest is introducing the members of his Platoon in Vietnam all of the character names are the names of cities, he then tells where each solider is from but their hometown is different then their nick name. (for example "Dallas from Phoenix") why would each person have a name of a city as their name?

Chosen answer: This is just a bit of incidental humor. For example: Dallas is the young man's real name. Why would his parents name him Dallas if he was from Phoenix? Same with Cleveland.

Reformed Dispatcher

Theyre just nicknames aren't they? Like Bubba.

Question: The scene where Jenny tells Forrest to run, and his leg braces tear apart, how did they manage to do the scene? Was it visual effects?

Vinitha Chandran

Chosen answer: There were actually very small charges placed in the joints of the braces. They could therefore detonate them at the right times creating the illusion that the braces were breaking due to the improved strength of his legs.

Question: In the hotel, when Forrest calls about the flashlights in the room across the hotel keeping him awake, what is going on with the people in that room? I'm guessing it's not really a power outage, because if it was, Forrest wouldn't be able to use the phone.

Chosen answer: Http:// - The Watergate Scandal. Burglars broke into the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. The implication is that Forrest is why they were caught. Also, in 1972, you didn't need electricity to power phones. You still don't unless the phone is cordless. When the guard answers the phone, the name he gives is the actual name of the guard who discovered the famous burglary - without the help of a call from Forrest - Frank Wills. Wills was a 24 year old privately contracted security guard in the Watergate office building, which was a connected structure with a different purpose from the Watergate hotel. The two structures sit across the street from the each other, and the Watergate burglars were caught with several portable 2 way radios, indicating that someone besides Forrest was watching them, probably to give the a warning if the police showed up. As it came out later in the investigation, the Watergate burglars were not the sharpest tools in the toolkit, and they apparently turned off their radios due to their noise, so that the warning from the hotel spotter - if he had time and was competent enough to give one - was not heard. This scene, except for the specific call from Forrest Gump, is pretty accurate since the police and Mr. Wills were responding to a call of a "possible burglar" in the Watergate Office complex.


Answer: The land line phones back then did work with the power out. The power to operate them cam from the phone company. You are thinking cordless bases that need power.

Question: These are Multiple questions (need help with a project); if you can answer all of them, that would be great, if you have the time. If not, just one or two would be fine. Thank you!1. Was Forrest Gump's IQ really 75?2. Did the braces on his legs fall off/tear or did he have them on at all?3. Longest continual run?4. Inventor/ gave the guy the idea for the smiley face.5. V. War - what dates?6. Is Bubba Gump shrimp really real?7. Is he really named after Gen. Nathat Forrest (the leader of the KKK?)8. Is the house that he lived in real? Route 17 Greenbow, Alabama?9. Greenbow County Central School - real or fake?10. Was Elvis Presley really at their house and did he "steal" Forrest's dance?11. Was Forrest enrolled at Alabama State?12. When Forrest joins the Army, is Bubba real?13. The guns in the movie look newer than the time peroid. What guns were really used in the movie, compared to the war?14. Did Bubba die in the war?15. The Army really had a Ping Pong team?16. Did Forrest's mom die of cancer or what?Thank you very much if you can answer these.


Chosen answer: You do realize that this is a fictional movie, not a biography, right? 1. According to the film, his school tested IQ was 75. 2. The braces broke off because they weren't meant to be used in that manner (bent-leg running). 3. He says it in the movie "3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours". 4. The smiley face thing was fake. The real smiley face was invented in 1963 for an insurance company by Harvey Ball. This was before Forrest went on his run. 5. Forrest was in Vietnam from 1968-69, including time spent recovering. 6. Yes. It is a restaurant chain that began after the movie came out. 7. Yes, according to the film. 8. Yes and no. The building was a set home (fully built) and was built in Savannah, GA. 9. No. Greenbow is not a real city or county in Alabama.10. According to the film - yes. 11. No, he was went to the University of Alabama.12. Fictional character. 13. They were using M-16s, first introduced in Vietnam and the M1911 pistol, used in the Army until 1985. 14. Yes, as seen in the movie. 15. No. He was assigned to the Special Services Division, which had the job of entertaining troops. Later, he was part of the All-American Ping Pong team, part of the Ping Pong Diplomacy era with China in the 1970's. 16. Yes, she died of cancer.

Question: Does young Forrest start school a couple of years later than the other children shown on the bus? He appears to be older than five or six, the age when most kids go to kindergarten and first grade.

Chosen answer: He starts some time later than the other children, since the principal won't let him in school until he sleeps with his mother. We're not told how much time passes before this happens, so it could be a year or more.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: How exactly do the producers "remove" Gary Sinise's legs? Is it through computer imaging, or does Gary bend his legs, creating the illusion of amputation?

Chosen answer: Mostly by computer - they wrapped his legs in "blue screen" fabric, then the computer replaced that color with shots of the same scene taken without his legs.


Question: When Forrest and Bubba are talking in Vietnam before and after Bubba says "I wanna go home" after getting shot. There is purple smoke coming from behind them into the camera shot. What is this smoke?

Chosen answer: Just a smoke grenade. They used color smoke grenades in Vietnam as a signal to evacuation helicopters to show exactly where the troops were.


Question: When Forrest finishes putting the rifle together, why does the drill sergeant tell him to take it apart and reassemble it?

Chosen answer: Most likely to keep practising, this isn't something that would be done once, no matter how good they were. However, the Drill Sergeant did not tell him to reassemble the rifle again, he said "disassemble your weapon and continue", so they could have been given instructions on what to do after assembling the rifle, such as take it apart and clean the pieces.


Question: When I read the cast list for this movie, I have noticed that Presidents Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy are "playing themselves" in this movie, even though they are dead. How did the editors managed to put Tom Hanks near the actual Predsident?

Chosen answer: Tom Hanks was inserted into actual footage of the presidents, replacing real persons who were there at the time. Computer editing was then used to modify the presidents' mouth movements to match dialog that was recorded by voice doubles for the film.

Jason Hoffman

Question: I thought I recognised the woman that pushes Forrest in line for the Vietnam veteran demonstration as a cameo of Sandra Bullock, and the woman Jenny as a hippie is playing guitar with (before the guy asks them to go to SF) as a cameo of Lisa Kudrow. Anyone knows whether this is correct?

Answer: The actress you think might be Sandra Bullock is listed as a actress named Hilary Chaplain.

Chosen answer: They are not listed on IMDB as such. Also by 1994, Sandra Bullock's only memorable appearance was Demolition Man (her real popularity started with Speed in 1994), and Lisa Kudrow was only known for the waitress on "Mad About You" - a minor role. Neither would have been a likely choice for a "cameo" role, yet at the same time would probably have charged too much for an extra/walk-on.


Question: Is there any significant reason why Forrest Gump wears blue in almost every scene (when he's not in uniform)?

Answer: I believe that in addition to mild mental impairment Forrest also suffers from a degree of autism. Autistic individuals frequently have ingrained mannerisms, such as only wanting to wear a paricular type or color of clothing. Other examples that might point to autism are his mindless devotion to mowing and running.

Chosen answer: Maybe it was Forrest's favorite color? Or sometimes the director of a movie does that to set a mood throughout.

Question: How old was Jenny when she died?

Chosen answer: 36. (4 months shy of 37). Her date of birth was in July 1945 and she died in March 1982 according to her headstone shown in the film.

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.

Chosen 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".


Question: Why would Forrest be drafted into the military? Wouldn't his low I.Q. cause him to be rejected?

Chosen answer: As we see earlier in the film, his mother "persuades" the school principal to increase Forrest's test results to the minimum required to attend school. At that point he was on record as having a normal I.Q.

Jason Hoffman



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Forrest Gump: Bit me directly in the but-tocks. They said it was a million dollar wound, but the Army must keep that money, 'cause I still ain't seen a nickel of that million dollars.



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.



Forrest's son is played by Haley Joel Osment, the adorable kid that later achieved great fame as the troubled Cole in the "The Sixth Sense".