July 6th 1994 - Forrest Gump
Is Forrest Gump the most quotable movie from 1994? You could make that case. It’s in heavy contention with Pulp Fiction, Dumb and Dumber, and Ace Ventura (at least among people I talk to). The first thing that comes to mind when I think about Forest Gump is “Life is like a box of chocolates,” and the image of Tom Hanks sitting on a bench waiting for the bus.
It won academy awards for:
- Best Picture
- Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Best Director
- Best Adapted Screenplay
- Best Visual Effects
- Best Film Editing
Forrest Gump was number one at the box office for ten straight weeks upon its release, and it was the highest grossing film of 1994.
With back to back Academy Awards for Best Actor, Tom Hanks solidified himself as one of the greatest actors of all time. Though I will always miss Comedy Tom Hanks, the star of Big, Bachelor Party, and The Money Pit, Serious Actor Tom Hanks never disappoints.
Forrest Gump was a landmark for visual effects. Industrial Light and Magic has long since been the gold standard for visual effects in motion pictures, but they were always known for making science fiction look like reality, not reality look like reality. In Forrest Gump they were able to perfectly place Tom Hanks alongside President Kennedy and allow them to have a conversation.
Forrest Gump is shown on television approximately 1 Million times per year (estimated*) and quite often it’s shown twice in a row. On those occasions you can watch it middle to middle and it’s still a great movie. I don’t know how many other movies you can say that about.
The film resonated within peoples hearts, minds, and stomaches. The film spawned restaurant chain Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in 1996.
*I have no data for when Forrest Gump is shown on television. I searched far and wide, and couldn’t come up with a single number. It’s almost always on, so I took a shot. 1 Million feels right.