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Forrest Gump
15 December 2010
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I Have yet to see this movie, but This is needed. Is it really required reading/viewing?

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Some people thought it was too cute, but when I saw it in high school, I enjoyed it. I wouldn't call it required though, both the book and the film.

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15 December 2010
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I've never read the book so I don't know about that but Gump and Co. sounds great.a-hard-days-night-george-10 I love the movie, it's a bit cheesy or whatever, but it combines the incredible story of the 1950's, 60's and 70's through the viewpoint of someone totally ignorant of everything going on around him, which is pretty cool if you didn't get to experience that time firsthand.

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That movie gave me a whole new respect for Tom Hanks and I have enjoyed all of his movies (that I know of!) since. Every time I see it while channel surfing, I can't help but watch it for as long as I can.

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15 December 2010
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An infuriating movie.  But it's well-loved by a lot of fine people (like the folks on this board!) so don't mind me.

(The book was better. And didn't contain that idiotic box-of-chocolates line.)

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15 December 2010
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Von Bontee said:

An infuriating movie.  But it's well-loved by a lot of fine people (like the folks on this board!) so don't mind me.

(The book was better. And didn't contain that idiotic box-of-chocolates line.)


The books are always better, Von. I'll have to read that one some day.

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15 December 2010
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Watch the movie. I thought it was amazing. Really heartwarming. It made me love Tom Hanks.

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16 December 2010
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It's a GREAT movie.  And I don't throw the word "great" around to describe anything slightly better than average, like most people do.

I remember all the events in the movie as breaking news in my life, so they mean a lot to me. 

And oh yeah, John Lennon is in it.  That's worth watching it for by itself.

16 December 2010
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Von Bontee said:

An infuriating movie.  But it's well-loved by a lot of fine people (like the folks on this board!) so don't mind me.

(The book was better. And didn't contain that idiotic box-of-chocolates line.)


I hate that box of chocolates line, ONLY considering that most boxes of chocolates come with a key and you usually DO know what you're going to get.
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Necko said:

Von Bontee said:

An infuriating movie.  But it's well-loved by a lot of fine people (like the folks on this board!) so don't mind me.

(The book was better. And didn't contain that idiotic box-of-chocolates line.)


I hate that box of chocolates line, ONLY considering that most boxes of chocolates come with a key and you usually DO know what you're going to get.
 

It seems so odd that the quote WASN'T in the book, because they sure said it enough. See's Chocolates doesn't have a key, but they include the "nutritional" info! paul-mccartney
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16 December 2010
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I've never seen the movie or read the book, but I do love to yell "RUN FORREST RUN!!!!!" whenever one of my friends runs by me or something like that.

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StarWisher said:

 


It seems so odd that the quote WASN'T in the book, because they sure said it enough.
Well, the line was famously changed from Gump's original "similar" line in the book: "Bein' an idiot ain't no box of chocolates" – a lot less heartwarming or whatever.
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vonbontee said:

StarWisher said:

 


It seems so odd that the quote WASN'T in the book, because they sure said it enough.

 


Well, the line was famously changed from Gump's original "similar" line in the book: "Bein' an idiot ain't no box of chocolates" – a lot less heartwarming or whatever.

 


They mean completely different things, as well! Ah, Hollywood!
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17 December 2010
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MotherNaturesDaughter said:

I've never seen the movie or read the book, but I do love to yell "RUN FORREST RUN!!!!!" whenever one of my friends runs by me or something like that.


I do this too! I did this especially in gym class in high school.
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18 December 2010
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Did you guys know that Forrest Gump inspired John Lennon's Imagine? a-hard-days-night-john-6

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19 December 2010
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The movie gets a lot of criticism from my fellow academics because they tend to see it as a politically conservative film that trivializes history and distorts events such as the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam war movement.

 

I'm not putting that out there to influence anyone or spoil the film for anyone and I myself think the movie's more complicated than that.  I enjoyed seeing it and when it came out (and still think Hanks' performance and Gary Sinise's were superb) but I think there are a lot of problems with it.

I definitely think FG's fair game for criticism of that sort because it does deal with several wrenching social and cultural events--the killing of John Lennon among them.  It's not just "entertainment"--that movie is definitely making some Big Statements.

 

I'd almost forgotten about the clip with JL and FG.  The original material was from the Dick Cavett show--these were famous interviews and Cavett became a friend of JL, I believe.

What is most interesting, I believe, from a critical viewpoint is that to do this clip, the filmmakers had to erase Yoko, who of course participated in the original interviews.

If you look at the comments on YouTube you'll find, I think, that some message board folks liked this aspect of rewriting/reimaging history.  I have to say I'm disgusted by their hatred.

Although it's not the same thing ideologically, some of FG does recall how photographs were altered and people removed from them to distort events in the Soviet Union.

Sorry, I hope no one takes this as a lecture.

Before you flame me for this post, think about it.  Then you can flame me!  :)

19 December 2010
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With Yoko being edited out, I can't decide if that was on purpose or just neccesary. Did they really want to leave Yoko out maliciously, or was it, for example, just an easy clip to tamper with? What I mean by that is that they needed an interveiw with two people. If it had been an interveiw with John Lennon by himself, it would have been akward to have Forrest Gump standing there off to the side, neither John or the interveiwer taking notice that another person was participating in the interveiw. Because in the above  clip, you do get a glance from Dick at what would have been Yoko from the real clip. Sorry this is so confusing, it's hard to explain! paul-mccartney

But I agree, it's very disrespectful to say you prefer the "Forrest Gump" version of the John interview. I thought it was funny and creative, but when you look at it from the way others might be - well, its disgusting, rude, and offensive. I think, though, that they were trying to make a funny joke that Forrest Gump influenced a lot of huge events in history, one being John's song Imagine. I never saw it as offensive, but hey, that's all perspective (and maybe closemindedness on my part, for not paying that much attention to the political part of the movie!a-hard-days-night-paul-4It's a been a long time since I've seen it.) It's a very interesting topic, and I'm just adding my opinion, and by no means flaming you! :)

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I always looked at that scene as Yoko was in the ideal place for Forrest Gump to be when they put him on the Dick Cavett show, so they edited her out of that because maybe they couldn't put her cut image on the other side of John? I never saw it as people slagging off Yoko, and using a film as a vehicle to do that.

Parco, I really hate the Yoko comments on YouTube. Yes, she is odd sometimes, and yes, she had a PART in the Beatles' break-up, but when the comments become flat out misogynistic and racist, they've crossed a line of decency.

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This Forum has really changed my opinion of Yoko. To People who dislike her fine, but do you need to be racist and sexist? Really? It is so annoying that they can't just be respectful in dislike
Parco, noone will flame you, because you were 100% right

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You can't expect much from youtube comments. And for what it's worth, when I see references to that scene on Beatles fan sites, it's usually to echo Forrest's confusion as why anyone would want to kill that nice young man from England.

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