Forrest Gump Transcript
EXT. A SAVANNAH STREET - DAY - 1981
A feather floats through the air.
The falling feather. A city, Savannah, is revealed in the background.
The feather floats down toward the city below.
The feather drops down toward the street below, as people walk past and
cars drive by, and nearly lands on a man’s shoulder. He walks across the
street, causing the feather to be whisked back on its journey.
The feather floats above a stopped car. The car drives off right as the
feather floats down toward the street.
The feather floats under a passing car, then is sent flying back up in
A MAN sits on a bus bench. The feather floats above the ground and
finally lands on the man’s mud-soaked shoe. The man reached down and
picks up the feather.
His name is FORREST GUMP. He looks at the feather oddly, moves aside a
box of chocolates from an old suitcase, then opens the case. Inside the
old suitcase are an assortment of clothes, a ping-pong paddle, toothpaste
and other personal items. Forrest pulls out a book titled “Curious
George,” then places the feather inside the book. Forrest closes the
suitcase. Something in his eyes reveals that Forrest may not be all
there. Forrest looks right as the sound of an arriving bus is heard.
A bus pulls up. Forrest remains on the bus bench as the bus continues on.
A BLACK WOMAN in a nurse’s outfit steps up and sits down at the bus bench
next to Forrest. The nurse begins to read a magazine as Forrest looks at
Forrest: Hello. My name's Forrest Gump.
He opens a box of chocolates and holds it out for the nurse.
Forrest: You want a chocolate?
The nurse shakes her head, a bit apprehensive about this strange man next
Forrest: I could eat about a million and a half of these. My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
Forrest eats a chocolate as he looks down at the nurse’s shoes.
Forrest: Those must be comfortable shoes. I'll bet you could walk all day in shoes like that and not feel a thing. I wish I had shoes like that.
Black Woman: My feet hurt.
Forrest: Momma always says there’s an awful lot you could tell
about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going. Where
The black woman stares at Forrest as he looks down at his own shoes.
Forrest: I've worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard I could remember my first pair of shoes.
Forrest closes his eyes tightly.
Forrest: Momma said they'd take my anywhere.
INT. COUNTRY DOCTOR’S OFFICE - GREENBOW, ALABAMA - DAY - 1951
A little boy closes his eyes tightly. It is young Forrest as he sits in a
Forrest: (voice-over) She said they was my magic shoes.
Forrest has been fitted with orthopedic shoes and metal leg braces.
Doctor: All right, Forrest, you can open your eyes now. Let's take a little walk around.
The doctor sets Forrest down on its feet. Forrest walks around stiffly.
Forrest’s mother, MRS. GUMP, watches him as he clanks around the room
Doctor: How do those feel? His legs are strong, Mrs. Gump. As strong as I've ever seen. But his back is as crooked as a politician.
Forrest walks foreground past the doctor and Mrs. Gump.
Doctor: But we're gonna straighten him rihgt up now, won't we, Forrest?
A loud thud is heard as, outside, Forrest falls.
Mrs. Gump: Forest!
EXT. GREENBOW, ALABAMA
Mrs. Gump and young Forrest walk across the street. Forrest walks stiffly
next to his mother.
Forrest: Now, when I was a baby, Momma named me after the great Civil War hero, General Nathan Bedford Forrest...
EXT. RURAL ALABAMA
A black and white photo of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. The photo
turns into live action as the General dons a hooded sheet over his head.
The General is in full Ku Klux Klan garb, including his horse. The
General rides off, followed by a large group of Klan members dressed in
Forrest: (voice-over) She said we was related to him in some way. And, what he did was, he started up this club called the Ku Klux Klan. They'd all dress up in their robes and their bedsheets and act like a bunch of ghosts or spooks or something. They'd even put bedsheets on their horses and ride around. And anyway, that's how I got my name. Forrest Gump.
Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk across the street.
Forrest: (voice-over) Momma said that the Forrest part was to remind me that sometimes we all do things that, well, just don't make no sense.
Forrest stops suddenly as his brace gets stuck.
Forrest’s brace is caught in a gutter grate. Mrs. Gump bends down and
tries to free Forrest. Two old cronies sit in front of a barber shop and
Mrs. Gump: Just wait, let me get it.
Mrs. Gump struggles to pull the stuck brace from the grate.
Mrs. Gump: Let me get it. Wait, get it this way. Hold on.
Forrest pulls his foot out of the grate.
Mrs. Gump: All right.
Mrs. Gump helps Forrest up onto the sidewalk. She looks up and notices
the two old man.
Mrs. Gump: Oooh. All right. What are you all staring at? Haven't you ever seen a little boy with braces on his legs before?
Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk along the sidwalk past the two old men. Mrs.
Gump holds tightly onto Forrest’s hand.
Mrs. Gump: Don't ever let anybody tell you they're better than you, Forrest. If God intended everybody to be the same, he'd have given us all braces on our legs. Forrest: (voice-over) Momma always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.
EXT. OAK ALLEY/THE GUMP BOARDING HOUSE
Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk along a dirt road. A row of mailboxes stands
Forrest: (voice-over) We lived about a quarter mile of Route 17, about a half mile from the town of Greenbow, Alabama. That's in the county of Greenbow. Our house had been in Momma's family since her grandpa's grandpa's grandpa had come across the ocean about a thousand years ago. Something like that.
Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk along the Gump Boarding House driveway.
Forrest: (voice-over) Since it was just me and Momma and we had all these empty rooms, Momma decided to let those rooms out. Mostly to people passing through. Like from, oh, Mobile, Montgomery, place like that. That's how me and Mommy got money. Mommy was a real smart lady. Mrs. Gump: Remember what I told you, Forrest. You're no different than anybody else is.
Mrs. Gump heads Forrest to the porch. She bends down to look Forrest in
Mrs. Gump: Did you hear what I said, Forrest? You're the same as everybody else. You are no different.
INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL / PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE - DAY - 1954
Principal: Your boy's... different, Mrs. Gump. Now, his I.Q. is seventy-five. Mrs. Gump: Well, we're all different, Mr. Hancock.
The principal sighs, then stands up.
Forrest sits outside the principal’s office and waits.
Forrest: (voice-over) She wanted me to have the finest education, so she took me to the Greenbow County Central School. I met the principal and all.
The principal stands in front of Mrs. Gump. Forrest, sitting left,
Principal: I want to show you something, Mrs. Gump. Now, this is normal.
The principal holds up a chart with a designations according to I.Q. and
points to the center of the graph, labeled “Normal.” A red line below the
normal area is labeled “State Acceptance.” The principal points to the
section below the acceptance line labeled “Below.”
Principal: Forrest is right here. The state requires a minimum I.Q. of eighty to attend public school, Mrs. Gump. He's gonna have to go to a special school. Now, he'll be just fine. Mrs. Gump: What does normal mean, anyway? He might be a bit on the slow side, but my boy Forrest is going to get the same opportunities as everyone else. He's not going to some special school to learn to how to re-tread tires. We're talking about five little points here. There must be something can be done.
Forrest sits outside the principal’s office.
Principal: We're a progressive school system. We don't want to see anybody left behind.
INT. PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE
Principal: Is there a Mr. Gump, Mrs. Gump? Mrs. Gump: He's on vacation.
EXT. GUMP BOARDING HOUSE - NIGHT
Forrest sits on a swing outside the house. Loud organic male grunts are
heard coming from inside the house.
Forrest sits on the swing as the grunts continue.
The principal steps out of the Gump House and wipes the sweat from his
face. Forrest is sitting on the porch.
Principal: Well, your momma sure does care about your schooling, son. Mm-mm-mm.
The principal wipes the sweat from his neck, then looks back at Forrest.
Principal: You don't say much, do you?
Forrest grunts, imitating him. The principal, embarrassed, turns and
INT. GUMP BOARDING HOUSE/FORREST’S BEDROOM
Mrs. Gump reads from the book “Curious George” as Forrest sits on the bed
Mrs. Gump: "Finally, he had to try it. It looked easy, but, oh, what happened. First there..." Forrest: Momma, what's vacation mean? Mrs. Gump: Vacation? Forrest: Where Daddy went? Mrs. Gump: Vacation's when you go somewhere, and you don't ever come back.
Forrest lies down on his bed and looks up.
Forrest: (voice-over) Anyway, I guess you could say me and Momma was on our own.
EXT. GUMP BOARDING HOUSE - DAY
A cab driver closes the trunk of the car as two women walk toward the
house. A milkman steps down from the porch.
Forrest: (voice-over) But we didn't mind. Our house was never empty. There was always folks comin' and goin'. Mrs. Gump: (voice-over) Suppa.
INT. GUMP BOARDING HOUSE
Mrs. Gump steps forward and speaks to all the boarders.
Mrs. Gump: It's suppa, everyone. Forrest...
A MAN WITH A CANE steps left across the hall.
Man With Cane: My, my. That sure looks special.
Mrs. Gump looks into a sitting room and informs the boarders about
Mrs. Gump: Gentlemen, would you care to join us for supper? Hurry up and get it before the flies do. I prefer you don't smoke that cigar so close to mealtime. Forrest: (voice-over) Sometimes we had so many people stayin' with us that every room was filled with travelers. You know, folks livin' out of their suitcases, and hat cases, and sample cases. Mrs. Gump: Well, you go ahead and start. I cant find Forrest.
Mrs. Gump walks up the stairs.
Mrs. Gump: Forrest... Forrest... Forrest: (voice-over) One time a young man was staying with us, and he had him a guitar case.
Mrs. Gump looks into Forrest’s room. She hears singing coming from
another room and walks over to a closed door. Mrs. Gump opens the door,
revealing a young man with long sideburns as he plays the guitar and
sings. Forrest holds onto a broom and dances oddly. The young man is
Elvis Presley: (sings) “Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit, and you
ain’t no friend of mine.”
Forrest’s legs rock back and forth to the guitar.
Mrs. Gump: Forrest! I told you not to bother this nice young man. Elvis: Oh, no, that's all right, ma'am. I was just showin' him a thing or two on the guitar here. Mrs. Gump: All right, but your supper's ready if y'all want to eat. Elvis: Yeah, that sounds good. Thank you, ma'am.
Mrs. Gump leaves and closes the door. Elvis sits back down. Forrest
stands left, and looks himself in a mirror.
Elvis: Say, man, show me that crazy little walk you just did there. Slow it down some.
Forrest begins to dance again as Elvis plays the guitar and sings.
Elvis: (sings) "You ain't nothin' but a hound, hound dog..." Forrest: (voice-over) I liked that guitar.
Forrest dances as he watches himself in the mirror.
Forrest: (voice-over) It sounded good. Elvis: (sings) "... cryin' all the time"
Forrest rocks up and down on his braced legs, then begins to step.
Elvis: (sings) "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog..." Forrest: (voice-over) I started moving around to the music, swinging my hips. This one night we and Momma...
EXT. GREENBOW - NIGHT
Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk along a sidewalk. A television inside a store
window reveals Elvis Presley as he performs “Houng Dog” on a stage.
Forrest: (voice-over) ...was out shoppin', and we walked right by Benson's Furniture and Appliance store, and guess what.
The television reveals Elvis as he thrusts his hips and sings.
Elvis: (sings) You ain't nothin' but a hound dog...
Mrs. Gump and Forrest watch the television.
Elvis dances around in the same manner Forrest did. A woman in the
audience screaming and applauding.
Elvis: (sings) You ain't nothin' but a hound dog... Mrs. Gump: This is not children's eyes.
Mrs. Gump walks away, pulling Forrest with her. Forrest stops and takes
one last look.
Elvis continues to perform over the television.
Elvis: (sings)"Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit and you ain't no friend of mine." Forrest: (voice-over) Some years later, that handsome young man who they called "The King," well, he sung too many songs, had himself a heart attack or something.
EXT. SAVANNAH/BUS BENCH - DAY
Forrest is still sitting on the bus bench. The black nurse looks at him.
Forrest: Must be hard being a king. You know, it's funny how you remember some things, but some things you can't.
EXT. COUNTRY ROAD/ALABAMA - MORNING - 1954
Mrs. Gump and Forrest wait for the school bus. The bus pulls up as Mrs.
Gump prepares Forrest for his first day of school.
Mrs. Gump: You do your very best now, Forrest. Forrest: I sure will, Momma. Forrest: (voice-over) I remember the bus ride on the first day of school very well.
The bus driver opens the door and looks down. Forrest walks to the steps
of the bus and looks at the bus driver. She is smoking a cigarette.
Bus Driver: Are you comin' along? Forrest: Momma said not to be taking rides from strangers. Bus Driver: This is the bus to school. Forrest: I'm Forrest Gump. Bus Driver: I'm Dorothy Harris. Forrest: Well, now we ain't strangers anymore.
The bus driver smiles as Forrest steps up into the bus.
Forrest steps up onto the bus. Mrs. Gump waves to Forrest as the bus
drives away. Forrest begins to walk down the aisle.
TWO YOUNG BOYS look up from the seat.
Boy #1: This seat's taken. Boy #2: It's taken!
Forrest looks around. A larger girl slides over so Forrest can’t sit next
to her. She shakes her head. Forrest looks to the other side where a boy
sits alone on a larger seat. They boy glares up at Forrest.
Boy #3: You can't sit here. Forrest: (voice-over) You know, it's funny what a young man recollects. 'Cause I don't remember being born.
EXT. SAVANNAH/BUS BENCH - DAY
Forerst continues talking as he sits on the bus bench.
Forrest: I, I... don't recall what I got for my first Christmas and I don't know when I went on my first outdoor picnic. But, I do remember the first time I heard the sweetiest voice...
INT. BUS - MORNING (1954)
Young Forrest is still standing in the aisle on the bus.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... in the wide world. Girl: You can sit here if you want.
Forrest looks back at JENNY CURRAN, a young girl about Forrest’s age.
Forrest: (voice-over) I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. She was like an angel. Jenny: Well, are you gonna sit down, or aren't ya?
Forrest sits down next to Jenny.
Jenny: What's wrong with your legs? Forrest: Um, nothing at all, thank you. My legs are just fine and dandy. Forrest: (voice-over) I just sat next to her on that bus and had conversation all the way to school. Jenny: Then why do you have those shoes on? Forrest: My momma said my back's crooked like a question mark. These are going to make me as straight as an arrow. They're my magic shoes. Forrest: (voice-over) And next to Momma, no one ever talked to me or asked me questions. Jenny: Are you stupid or something. Forrest: Mommy says stupid is as stupid does.
Jenny puts her hand out toward Forrest. Forrest reaches over and shakes
Jenny: I'm Jenny. Forrest: I'm Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump. Forrest: (voice-over) From that day on, we was always together. Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.
EXT. OAK TREE - DAY
Young Jenny and Forrest run toward a large oak tree.
Forrest: (voice-over) She taught me how to climb...
Jenny sits on a large branch and calls down to Forrest.
Jenny: Come on, Forrest, you can do it.
Forrest dangles from the branch.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... I showed her how to dangle.
Jenny and Forrest sit on a tree branch and read.
Forrest: ".....a good little moneky and..." Forrest: (voice-over) She helped me to learn how to read.
Forrest hangs upside down from a branch and swings back and forth.
Forrest’s braces are wedged in the tree.
Forrest: (voice-over) And I showed her to swing.
Night. Th silhouete of the oak tree, Jenny and Forrest as they sit on a
Forrest: (voice-over) Sometimes we'd just sit out and wait for thhe stars. Forrest: Momma's gonna worry about me.
Jenny puts her hand on Forrest’s hand.
Jenny: Just stay a little longer. Forrest: (voice-over) For some reason, Jenny didn't never want to go home. Forrest: Okay, Jenny. I'll stay. Forrest: (voice-over) She was my most special friend.
INT. SAVANNAH/BUS STOP - DAY
Forrest nods as he remembers.
Forrest: My only friend.
Forrest continues talking to the black woman. She doesn’t s eem to be
listening as she reads her magazine. She looks up from her magazine.
Forrest: Now, my Momma always told me that miracles happen every day. Some people don't think so, but they do.
EXT. OAK ALLEY - ANOTHER DAY (1954)
Jenny and Forrest walk. A dirt clod hits Forrest in the back of the head.
Jenny looks as Forrest rubs his head.
THREE YOUNG BOYS get off their bikes and pick up more rocks.
Boy #1: Hey... dummy!
Forrest is hit in the eye with another dirt clod. Forrest falls backward
onto the ground as the boys glare at him.
Boy #2: Are you retarded, or just plain stupid? Boy #3: Look, I'm Forrest Grum.
Jenny helps Forrest back up. Boy #1 and Boy #2 throw more dirt clods at
Jenny: Just run away, Forrest.
Another dirt clod hits Forrest in the arm.
Jenny: Run, Forrest!
Forrest tries to run along the road, but his braces makes it impossible.
He hobbles along as Jenny yells after him.
Jenny: Run away! Hurry!
Boy #1 and Boy #2 turn back toward the bikes.
Boy #2: Get the bikes! Boy #3: Hurry up!
The boys pick up their bikes and ride after Forrest.
Boy #3: Let's get him! Come on! Boy #2: Look out, dummy, here we come!
The boys ride after Forrest. Jenny stands and watches.
Boy #2: We're gonna get you! Jenny: Run, Forrest! Run!
Forrest hobbles along the dirt road.
Jenny: Run, Forrest!
Forrest looks over his shoulder. The three boys race on their bikes.
Boy #1: Come back here, you!
Forrest begins to run faster with his braces on.
Forrest continues running as the boys chase him. Blood drips down from a
cut on his head.
The boys on the bikes are gaining on Forrest. Forrest hobbles along. He
begins to gain speed.
Jenny: Run, Forrest! Run!
Slow motion – Forrest runs from the chasing room. He looks over his
shoulder in fear.
The boys on the bikes peddle faster as they gain on Forrest, running.
Forrest tries to run even faster to get away. Suddenly his braces
shatter, sending steel and plastic flying into the air.
Forrest runs and look down at his legs in surprise.
Forrest continures to run faster as the mtal breaces and straps fly off
Forrest runs free of his braces and begins to pick up speed.
The chasing boys ride over the remains of Forrest’s braces.
Forrest: (voice-over) Now, you wouldn't believe it if I told you.
EXT. SAVANNAH/ BUS BENCH - DAY
Forrest: But I can run like the wind blows.
The black woman continues to read her magazine. Forrest smiles as he
Forrest: From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running!
EXT. OAK ALLEY - DAY (1954)
Forrest sprints away from the boys. The boys stop the chase and watch in
disbelief. Forrest is already at the far end of the road, clear of the
Boy #2: He's gettin' away! Stop him!
Boy #1 throws his bike down in frustration. Forrest runs across a field.
EXT. COUNTRY ROAD
Forrest runs past a chain gang in their prison uniforms. They are cutting
at the weeds on the side of the road.
Forrest runs across the street. THE TWO OLD MEN sit in front of the
Old Crony: That boy sure is a running fool.
EXT. JENNY’S HOUSE
Forrest runs down a driveway toward Jenny’s small house.
Forrest: (voice-over) Now remember how I told you that Jenny never seemed to want to go home? Well, she lived in a house that was as old as Alabama. Her Momma had gone up to heaven when she was five and her daddy was some kind of a farmer.
Forrest knocks on Jenny’s door.
Forrest: Jenny? Jenny?
Forrest look around the field at the left. He notices Jenny and runs
Forrest: (voice-over) He was a very lovin' man. He was always kissing and touchin' her and her sisters. And then this one time, Jenny wasn't on the bus to go to school.
Forrest runs to Jenny.
Forrest: Jenny, why didn't you come to school today? Jenny: Shh! Daddy's takin' a nap.
Jenny grabs Forrest’s hand and runs into the field. Jenny’s DAD drunk,
steps out onto the porch and shouts.
Jenny’s Dad: Jenny!
Jenny: Come on!
Jenny’s Dad: Jenny, where’d you run to? You’d better go back here,
Jenny’s dad steps out toward the field. Jenny leads Forrest into the
thick tobacco field.
Jenny’s dad runs through the field searching for Jenny with a liquor
bottle in his hand.
Jenny’s Dad: Where you at?
Jenny and Forrest run into a corn field as Jenny’s dad tries to chase
Jenny’s Dad: Jenny! Jenny! Where you at? Jenny!
Jenny drops to her knees and pulls Forrest down with her.
Jenny: Pray with me, Forrest. Pray with me.
Jenny’s Dad: Jenny!
Jenny: Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far, far away
from here. Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far,
far away from here.
Forrest: (voice-over) Momma always said that God is mysterious.
Jenny’s Dad: Jenny! Get back here!
Forrest: (voice-over) He didn’t turn Jenny into a bird that day.
EXT. TRAILER PARK/ALABAMA - DAY (1955)
A police officer escorts Jenny to her grandmother’s trailer. Jenny’s
grandmother meets Jenny outside and leads her toward the trailer.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... he had the police say Jenny didn't have to stay in that house no more. She went to live with her grandma just over on Creekmore Avenue, which made me happy 'cause she was so close.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT (1955)
Jenny climbs over a second-floor railing and enters the house.
Forrest: (voice-over) Some nights, Jenny'd sneak out and come over to my house, just 'cause she said she was scared. Scared of what, I don't know...
INT. GUMP HOUSE/FORREST’S BEDROOM
Jenny lies in bed next to young Forrest. She hugs him.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... but I think it was her grandma's dog. He was a mean dog. Anyway, Jenny and me was best friends...
EXT. GREENBOW/OAK ALLEY - DAY (1961)
Forest and Jenny are teenagers now. They walk along an oak-lined road.
Forrest: (voice-over) ...all the way to high school.
Suddenly Forrest is hit in the back with a rock. Forrest and Jenny turn
Older Boy #1 : Hey, stupid!
Jenny: Quit it!
A teenage boy throws another rock as a pickup truck pulls up behind him.
Jenny turns and looks at Forrest.
Jenny: Run, Forrest, run!
Older Boy #1: Hey. Did you hear me, stupid?
Jenny: Run, Forrest!
Forrest drops his books and runs down the road.
The teenage boy jumps into the back of the pickup truck with another boy
as the truck speeds after Forrest. Jenny steps left and gets out of the
Older Boy #2: Come on, he’s getting away! Move it!
Jenny: Run, Forrest! Run!
Older Boy #1: You better be runnin’, stupid.
Forrest runs along the road. The truck speeds after him.
Older Boy #2: Come on, dummy!
Older Boy #1: Haul ass, dummy!
Older Boy throws rocks at Forrest.
Older Boy #1: Yeah, you better be runnin’!
EXT. OAK ALLEY
The boys in the back of the truck throw rocks at Forrest as they drive up
Older Boy #1: Move it, jack rabbit!
The truck follows right on Forrest’s heels. A rebel flag license plate
adorns the truck’s grill.
Older Boy #1: Come on!
Forrest runs along the road as the truck chases him. The boys in the back
of the truck pound on the roof as the truck turns right, after Forrest.
The truck drives into a field. Forrest runs toward a fence.
Boy: Run! Faster! Yeah! Go! Go! Come on, Forrest! Yeah! Jenny: Run, Forrest!
Forrest leaps over a five-foot fence as the boys try to catch him.
EXT. SAVANNAH/BUS BENCH - DAY (1981)
Forrest looks left as he continues telling his life story.
Forrest: Now, it used to be, I ran to get where I was goin'. I never thought it would take me anywhere.
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL/ROAD - DAY (1961)
Forrest runs along the road in front of the high school. The truck
continues to chase him as the boys pound on the roof.
Older Boy: Come on. Whoo-hoo!
The truck speeds past Forrest as he turns from the road and runs onto the
high school football field. Forrest runs across the field during a
In the stands watching the scrimmage is the legendary University of
Alabama football coach BEAR BRYANT, wearing his trade mark plaid hat. A
group of assistant coaches sit around him, as well as the high shool
The quarterback throws the ball into the air. Forrest runs past the
The receiver catches the ball. Forrest runs past the receiver as an
opposing player tackes the stunned receiver.
The football coach stands, followed by the assistant coaches.
Football: Who in the hell is that? Coach
High School: That there is Forrest Gump. Coach. Just a local idiot.
Forrest runs under the field goal post and through the end zone.
Forrest: (voice-over) And can you believe it? I got to go to college, too.
EXT. UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA STADIUM - DAY (1962)
The crowd roars with excitement as a football is kicked off.
The football players run around on the field. The crowd of cheering fans
create a huge sign that reads>:”GO.”
Forrest is in a University of Alabama football uniform. He looks up into
the cheering crowd as his teammate fields the kickoff. The teammate runs
over to Forrest and hands him the ball.
Football: Okay! Run! Coach
The football coach, the assistants, and Alabama players cheer for
Football: Run, you stupid son-of-a-bitch! Run! Coach
Forrest runs across the field. He speeds past the defending players.
Forrest runs past the opposite players. The crowd cheers widly, holding
up cards, making a large sign that reads:”Go.” They turn the cards over,
creating the word:”ALABAMA.”
The football coach runs along the sidelines as he yells.
Football: You stupid son-of-a-bitch! Run! Go! Run! Coach
Forrest cuts and runs toward the sidelines. Two opposing players collide.
The football coach, the assistants and the players all motion for Forrest
to run toward the end zone.
Football: Run! Turn! Go! Coach
Forrest turns up the sidelines and runs toward the end zone. Some
opposing players fall down.
Forrest runs along the sidelines. The opposing players try to catch him.
Forrest runs into the end zone as an opposing player dives at his feet.
The referee holds up his arm, singaling a touch down. The crowd cheers
Forrest continues to run, smashing through the band members, then all the
way toward the team tunnel.
The football coach looks at an asistant coach.
Football: He must be the stupidest son-of-a-bitch alive. But he sure Coach is fast! Forrest: (voice-over) Now, maybe it was just me but college was very confusing times.
INT. GREENBOW/BARBER SHOT - BLACK & WHITE TELEVISION (JUNE 11, 1963)
An anchorman named CHET HUNTLEY appears over the television.
Chet Huntley: (on TV) Federal troops enforcing a court order integrated
the University of Alabama today.
EXT. UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA - DAY
Forrest walks through a crowd of people.
Chet Huntley : Governor George Wallace had carried out his symbolic
threat to stand in the schoolhouse door.
Governor: We hereby denounce and forbid this illegal and unwarranted
Wallace action by the central government.
INT. GREENBOW/BARBER SHOP
A black & white television reveals George Wallace as he stands in the
doorway of the schoolhouse.
Katzenbach : (on TV) Governor Wallace, I take it from that, uh…
EXT. UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Forrest steps over to a young man as the crowd looks at the
Katzenbach : …statement that you are going to stand in that door, and
that you are not going to carry out the orders of this
court, and that you are going to resist us from doing so.
I would ask you once again to responsibility step aside
and if you do not, I’m going to assure you…
Forrest : Earl, what’s going on?
Earl : Coons are tryin’ to get into school.
Forrest : Coons? When racoons try to get on our back porch, Momma
just chase ‘em off with a broom.
Earl : Not racoons, you idiot, niggas. And they want to go to
school with us.
Forrest : With us? They do?
Forrest walks toward the schoolhouse.
INT. COACHES’ OFFICE
A football coach looks at a black and white television as a newsman
outside the schoolhouse speaks to the camera.
Newsman : (on TV) ...block the doorway, President Kennedy ordered the Secretary of Defense then to use the military force.
BLACK AND WHITE FOOTAGE
The footage cuts to Governor Wallace as he speaks to General Graham.
Newsman : Here by videotape is the encounter by General Graham, Commander of the National Guard, and Governor Wallace.
Forrest stands next to George Wallace and listens.
Governor: We must have no violence today, or any other day, because Wallace these National Guardsmen are here today as Federal Soldiers for Alabamans. And they live within our borders and they are all our brothers. We are winning in this fight because we are awakening the American people to the dangers that we have spoken about so many times, just so evident today, the trend toward military dictatorship in this country.
EXT. UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Some of the Alabama policeman and citizens clap their hands as the
National Guardsmen stand at attention with their weapons in front of
them. Forrest walks through the crowd.
Two black students were being led toward the schoolhouse.
Newsman : And so at day's end the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa had been desegregated and students Jimmy Hood and Vivian Malone had been signed up for summer classes.
The young black girl drops one of her books. Forrest notices and steps
past the policeman toward the book on the ground.
Forrest steps out from the crowd and picks up the book. He brings it up
to the girl.
Forrest : Ma'am, you dropped your book. Ma'am.
INT. COACHES’ OFFICE - NIGHT (1963)
A coach looks at the television.
The television reveals Forrest as he stands at the schoolhouse door. He
looks around, then waves.
Chet Huntley : (on TV) Governor Wallace did what he promised to do. By
being on the Tuscaloosa campus, he kept the mob from
gathering and prevented violence.
An assistant coach looks at the television, then at the other coaches.
Assitant: Say, wasn't that Gump? Coach
The football coach and two assistant coaches look. Forrest dries himself
off with a towel as he steps from the showers.
Chet Huntley : (on TV) NBC News will present a special program on the
Alabama integration story at 7:30 p.m. tonight…
Assistant: Naw, that couldn’t be.
Football: It sure as hell was.
Chet Huntley : …standard Eastern Daylight Time. Now a word from Anacin.
Forrest steps up to the coaches’ area and grabs a clean towel. The
coaches turn and stare at Forrest. Forrest gives them one of his silly
waves, then walks awy.
COLOR FOOTAGE - Governor Wallace waves to the crowd as he stands behind a
podium with his wife.
Forrest : (voice-over) A few years later, that angry little man at the schoolhouse door thought it would be a good idea, and ran for President.
COLOR FOOTAGE - Governor Wallace mingles in a crowd. Gunshots are fired,
wounding him. Some men wrestle the shooter. Wallace lies wounded on the
Forrest : (voice-over) But, somebody thought that it wasn't.
EXT. SAVANNAH/BUS BENCH - DAY (1981)
Forrest sits on the bench as the black woman looks at him. A WHITE WOMAN
with a bay sits left.
Forrest : But he didn't die.
A bus pulls up to the bus stop. The BLACK WOMAN looks down at her watch.
Black Woman : My bus is here.
Forrest : Is it the number 9?
Black Woman : No, it’s the number 4.
The Black Woman gets up and steps over to the bus.
Forrest : It was nice talkin' to you.
The white woman sits closer to Forrest.
White Woman : I remember when that happened, when Wallace got shot. I
was in college.
Forrest : Did you go to a girls’ college, or to a girls’ and boys’
White Woman : It was co-ed.
Forrest : ‘Cause Jenny went to a college I couldn’t go to. It was a
college just for girls.
EXT, GRLS’ COLLEGE/JENNY’S DORM - NIGHT (1963)
Forrest sits outside Jenny’s dorm in the rain.
Forrest : (voice-over) But, I'd go and visit her every chance I got.
A car pulls up. A song is heard from the radio.
Forrest, holding a box of chocolates, looks at the car.
The two people inside the car begins to kiss and embrace each other.
Jenny is inside the car with a boy. She leans back against the passenger
side door as they struggle to get comfortable.
Jenny : Ouch! That hurts.
Forrest gets up and runs toward the car. He tries to look in the wondow
as he steps over to the driver’s side door. He opens the door and begins
to punch the boy inside. Jenny jump out of the car and runs over to
Jenny : Forrest! Forrest! Forrest, stop it! Stop it! Billy : Jesus! Jenny : What are you doing? Forrest : He was hurtin' you.
Jenny’s date, named BILLY, gets out of the car angrily.
Billy : What the hell is going on here? Jenny : No, he's not! Billy : Who is that? Who is that? Jenny : Get over there!
Jenny turns and looks at Billy. He shoves Jenny’s hands away from him.
Jenny : Billy, I'm sorry. Billy : What in the hell, git, would you git away from me! Jenny : Don't... Wait a second! Billy : Git, just git away from me! Jenny : Don't go! Billy, wait a second!
Billy gets back into the car.
Jenny : He doesn't know any better!
Billy puss away as Jenny steps toward Forrest.
Jenny : Forrest, why'd you do that?
Forrest holds out the box of chocolates.
Forrest : I brought you some chocolates. I'm sorry. I'll go back to my college now. Jenny : Forrest, look at you! Come on. Come on.
Jenny grabs Forrest hand and leads him toward the dorm.
INT. JENNY’S DORM/HALLWAY
Jenny and Forrest sneak to Jenny’s door.
Forrest : Is this your room? Jenny : Shh!
Jenny unlocks the door and they step inside.
INT. JENNY’S DORM ROOM
Jenny pulls a robe off of her sleeping roommate’s bed. Jenny hands the
robe to Forrest, sitting on Jenny’s bed.
Jenny : Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you're gonna be? Forrest : Who I'm gonna be? Jenny : Yeah. Forrest : Aren't I going to be me? Jenny: Well, you'll always be you, just another kind of you. You know? I want to be famous.
Jenny picks up a towel, then walks back toward Forrest. Jenny dries the
water from her hair.
Jenny: I want to be a singer like Joan Baez. I just want to be an empty stage with my guitar, my voice... just me.
Jenny takes off her slip and sits on the bed next to him. She is only
wearing her bra and panties. Forrest looks at Jenny like he’s never seen
a woman in her underwear before.
Jenny: And I want to reach people on a personal level. I want to be able to say things, just one-to-one.
Forrest looks down at Jenny’s breats. Jenny realizes that he is looking
Jenny: Have you ever been with a girl, Forrest? Forrest: I sit next to them in my home economics class all the time. DJ: (over radio) You're listening to WHHY in Birmingham, the clear A.M. voice of Northern Alabama. I'm Joel Dorn...
Forrest looks at Jenny as she removes her bra. Forrest looks away, a bit
shamed. Jenny takes his hand and guides it up to her breast.
DJ: (over radio) ...coming to you on a night that is anything but clear. The weatherman says that rain's gonna fall all night long so stay with us, get warm, get cozy, get under the covers to the cool sounds of WHHY.
Forrest looks over at Jenny’s breasts, the shudder as he has an orgasm.
Forrest: Ohh... Oh... I'm sorry. Sorry. Jenny: It's okay. DJ: (over radio) ... 444-6789, with ya till sunrise, playing the music you want to hear when you want to hear it. If you have a request or dedication, give us a call. We guarantee you'll hear your requests within one hour.
Forrest breathes heavily. Jenny puts her bra back on.
Jenny: It's all right.
Jenny leans over and puts her head on Forrest’s shoulder.
DJ: (over radio) Candy is on the line tonight. Candy's answering the phones, give Candy your request, your dedication, and ask her why she won't go out with me, would you? Here's more music. Jenny: It's okay. Forrest: Oh, I'm dizzy.
A song is coming over the radio. Jenny hugs Forrest.
Jenny: I bet that never happened in home ec. Forrest: No.
Jenny laughs and kisses Forrest on the cheeck.
Forrest and Jenny hug on the bed as Jenny’s roommate pretends to be
asleep, but is listening, horrified, with her eyes open.
Forrest: I think I ruined your roommate's bathrobe. Jenny: I don't care. I don't like her, anyway.
EXT. UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA/FOOTBALL STADIUM - DAY (1963)
Forrest runs across the field as the defending team chases him. The crowd
yells for Forrest. They flips a sign that reads: “Go Forrest.”
Crowd: Run! Run! Run!
Forrest runs along the field. The crowd cheers.
Crowd: Run! Run! Run!
Forrest runs into the end zone. The band members rush toward Forrest with
their hands up, signaling him to stop.
The crowd flips over cards, creating a sign that reads “STOP.”
Forrest stops in the end zone as he hears the crowd yells. The band
motions for Forrest to stop and stay in the end zone. A group of
defending players fall over each toerh in the end zone.
Forrest looks as the crowd cheers wildly.
Forrest: (voice-over) College ran by real fast 'cause I played so much football.
BLACK AND WHITE PARAMOUNT NEWSREEL - DAY (1963)
The White House with the words “The eyes and ears of the world Paramount
Forrest: (voice-over) They even put me on a thing called the All-America Team where you get to meet the President of the United States.
BLACK AND WHITE NEWSREEL
PRESIDENT KENNEDY holds an autographed football as the All-American Teal
stands behind him. Forrest is among the players in suits.
Announcer: (over newsreel) President Kennedy met with the Collegiate All-American Football Team at the Oval Office today.
INT. WHITE HOUSE RECEPTION AREA - DAY (1963)
The All-American players mingle around the food table. Forrest steps up
to the table. A large spread of food and soda is on the table.
Forrest: (voice-over) Now, the real good thing about meeting the President of the United States is the food.
Forrest takes a bottle of Dr. Pepper from the buttlet table. Numerous
bottle of Dr. Pepper are displayed on the table. A servant opens the
bottle for him.
Forrest: (voice-over) They put you in this little room with just about anything you'd want to eat or drink. And since number one, I wasn't hungry, but thirsty...
Forrest begins to guzzle the Dr. Pepper.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... and number two, they was free, I musta drank me about fifteen Dr. Peppers.
Forrest sets down an empty Dr. Pepper bottle next to a large number of
other empty bottles. Forrest holds his stomach and burps.
BLACK AND WHITE FOOTAGE - President Kennedy shakes hands with the
All-American football players.
President: Congratulations. How does it feel to be an All-American? Kennedy 1st Player: It's an honor, Sir.
Another player steps up to the President and shakes the President’s hand.
President: Congratulations. How does it feel to be an All-American? Kennedy 2nd Player: Very good, Sir. President: Congratulations. How does it feel to be an All-American? Kennedy 3rd Player: Very good, Sir.
The player walks away. Forrest steps up to the President. The President
shakes his hand.
President: Congratulations. How do you feel? Kennedy Forrest: I gotta pee.
President Kennedy turns and smiles.
President: I believe he said he had to go pee. Kennedy
INT. WHITE HOUSE/BATHROOM
Forrest urinates in the bathroom, then lowers the lid and flashes.
Forrest washes his hands, then notices an autographed photo from Marilyn
Monroe and a photo of John with his brother Bobby.
Forrest: (voice-over) Sometime later, for no particular reason, somebody shot that nice young President when he was ridin' in his car.
ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE - DAY
SLOW MOTION - President Kennedy rises in a convertible and smiles.
Forrest: And a few years after that...
Robert Kennedy stands at a podium as people around him applaud.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... somebody shot his little brother, too, only he was in a hotel kitchen.
EXT. SAVANNHA/BUS BENCH - DAY (1981)
Forrest sits on the bench and shakes his head.
Forrest: It must be hard being brothers. I wouldn't know.
EXT. UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA - DAY - GRADUATION DAY (1966)
Students in their caps and gowns step forward the podium to receive their
diplomas. Forrest’s name iscalled. He steps up and accepts his diploma.
Dean: Forrest Gump. Forrest: (voice-over) Now can you believe it? After only five years of playing football, I got a college degree.
The dean shakes Forrest’s hand vigorously. Forrest looks out into the
Dean: Congratulations, son.
Mrs. Gump, sitting in the audience, cries.
Forrest: (voice-over) Momma was proud.
Forrest and Mrs. Gump have their picure taken in front of a large statue.
A military recruiter spots Forrest and steps up to him.
Mrs. Gump: Forrest, I'm so proud of you. Here, I'll hold this for you.
Mrs. Gump takes the diploma from Forrest. The recruiter slaps Forrest on
the shoulder and hands him some military literature.
Military: Congratulations, son. Have you given any thought to your Recruiter future? Forrest: Thought?
Forrest looks at a pamphlet with a photo of “Uncle Sam” and the caption
“EXCELLENT CAREERS for EXCELLENT YOUNG MAN. Apply now at your local U.
ARmy Recruiting Center.”
Forrest: (voice-over) Hello, I'm Forrest...
INT. ARMY BUS - DAY (1966)
Forrest steps onto the army bus. Rain pours outside as the army bus
driver yells at Forrest.
Forrest: ... Forrest Gump. Army Bus: Nobody gives a bunk of shit who you are, fuzzball! You're Driver not even a low-life scumsucking maggot! Get your faggoty ass on the bus. You're in the Army now!
Forrest is about to sit on the first available seat, but the recruit
sitting there refuses Forrest.
Recruit #1: This seat's taken.
Forrest tries to sit on the next seat, but the 2nd recruit slides over,
Recruit #2: It's taken.
Forrest steps forward, looking much like he did on his first bus ride to
school years ago.
Forrest: (voice-over) At first, it seemed like I made a mistake.
A large black recruit with a strange look on his face, much like
Forrest’s, looks up from his seat. His name is BUBBA.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... seeing how it was my induction day and I was already gettin' yelled at.
Bubba moves his case over, making room for Forrest to sit down.
Bubba: You can sit down... if you want to. Forrest: (voice-over) I didn't know who I might meet or what they might ask.
Bubba hands Forrest a handkerchief.
Bubba: You ever been on a real shrimp boat? Forrest: No, but I been on a real big boat. Bubba: I'm talkin' about a shrimp catchin' boat. I've been workin' on shrimp boats all my life. I started out my uncle's boat, that's my mother's brother, when I was about maybe nine. I was just lookin' into buyin' a boat of my own and got drafted. My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue.
Bubba and Forrest shake hands.
Bubba: People call me Bubba. Just like one of them of redneck boys. Can you believe that? Forrest: My name's Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump. Forrest: (voice-over) So Bubba was from Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and his momma cooked shrimp.
INT. LOUISIANA/KITCHEN - DAY (1966)
Bubba’s mother, a robust woman in a cook’s uniform, carries a bowl of
shrimp into a dining room. She sets it down on a table in front of a
wealthy white man.
Forrest: (voice-over) And her momma before her cooked shrimp.
INT. SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH/KITCHEN - DAY (EARLY DAYS OF SLAVERY)
Bubba’s grandmother carries a bowl of shrimp into a dining room. She sets
it down on a table in front of a wealthy white man.
Forrest: (voice-over) And her momma before her momma cooked shrimp, too. Bubba's family knew everything...
INT. ARMY BUS - DAY (1966)
Forrest: (voice-over) ... there was to know about the shrimpin' business. Bubba: I know everything there is to know about the shrimpin' business. Matter of fact, I'm goin' into the shrimpin' business for myself after I get out the Army. Forrest: Okay.
INT. BARRACKS - DAY
A DRILL SERGEANT is in Forrest’s face as Forrest stands in line with the
Drill: Gump! What's your sole purpose in this Army? Sergeant Forrest: To do whatever you tell me, Drill Sergeant! Drill: Godamnit, Gump! You're a goddamned genius! That's the most Sergeant outstanding answer I've ever heard. You must have a godamned I.Q. of a hundred and sixty! You are godamned gifted, Private Gump!
The Drill Sergeant moves down the line to the next man.
Drill: Listen up, people... Sergeant Forrest: (voice-over) Now, for some reason, I fit in the Army like one of them round pegs. It's not really hard. You just make your bed real neat and remember to stand up straight. Drill: That is one very intelligent individual! You lock your Sergeant scuzzy bodies up behind that private and do exactly what he does and you will go far in this man's army! Forrest: (voice-over) And always answer every question with "Yes, Drill Sergeant!" Drill: Is that clear? Sergeant Forrest &: Yes, Drill Sergeant! Recruits
The recruits are sitting at the base of their bunks assembling their
rifles. Bubba speaks to Forrest.
Bubba: What you do is you just drag your nets across the bottom. On a good day, you can catch over a hundred pounds of shrimp. If everything goes all right, two men shrimpin' ten hours, less what you spends on gas, you can...
Forrest finishes assembling his rifle as the other recruits are still
working on theirs.
Forrest: Done, Drill Sergeant! Drill: Gump! Sergeant
The Drill Sergeant rushes up to Forrest.
Drill: Why did you put that weapon together so quickly, Gump? Sergeant Forrest: You told me to, Drill Seageant.
The Drill Seageant looks at his stop watch.
Drill: Jesus Christ! This is a new company record. If it wouldn't Sergeant be a waste of such a damn fine enlisted man, I'd recommended you for O.C.S., Private Gump. You are gonna be a General some day, Gump! Now, disassemble your weapon and continue!
The Drill Seageant walks away as Forrest begins to disassemble his rifle.
After the Drill Sergeant walks past Bubba, Bubba looks up at Forrest.
Bubba continues talking about shrimp in his slow southern drawl.
Bubba: Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There, uh, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole...
Bubba and Forrest shine their boots.
Bubba: ... shrimp gumbo, panfried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp...
Bubba and Forrest are on their hands and knees as they scrub the floor
Bubba: ... shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich... that's, that's about it.
Bubba lies in his bunk and looks up quietly.
Forrest: (voice-over) Nighttime in the Army is a lovely time.
Forrest lies in his bunk and looks u.
Forrest: (voice-over) We'd lay there in our bunks, and I'd miss my momma. And I'd miss Jenny.
A young private tosses a Playboy magazine onto Forrest.
Young Private: Hey, Gump. Get a load of the tits on her!
Forrest pick up the magazine and turns the page, revealing Jenny as she
poses with a school sweater on, and that’s all. The pictorial is titled:
“Girls of the South.”
Forrest looks up with shock. He cranes his head up for a closer look.
Forrest: (voice-over) Turns out, Jenny had gotten into some trouble over... some photos of her in her college sweater. And she was thrown out of school. Song: "My baby does the hanky-panky..."
INT. NASHVILLE/NIGHT CLUB - NIGHT (1966)
Forrest, in his army uniform, steps into the foyer of the club.
Forrest: (voice-over) But that wasn't a bad thing. Because a man who owns a theater in Memphis, Tennessee, saw those photo and offered Jenny a job singing in a show. The first chance I got, I took the bus up to Memphis to see her perform in that show.
EMCEE steps out onto the stage.
Emcee: That was Amber, Amber Flame. Give her a big hand, guys. Good job, Amber. And now, for your listening and viewing pleasure, direct from Hollywood, California, our very own beatnik beauty, let's give a big round of applause to the luscious Bobbie Dylan. Crowd: Bobbie... Bobbie...
The emcee walks back off the stage and the curtain opens, revealing Jenny
as she sits on a stool on the stage. She holds a guitar up and begins to
play. She is topless.
Jenny: (sings) "Yes, and how many seas must the white dove said, before she sleeps in the sand." Forrest: (voice-over) Her dream had come true. She was a folk singer. Jenny: (sings) "Yes, how many times must the cannonballs fly before they're forever banned." Man #1: You gotta lose the guitar, darling. Man #2: Hey, come on, baby. Shake it up. Shake it up now. Man #3: Hey, somebody ought to get her a harmonica.
The men laugh.
Jenny: (sings) "The answer, my friend is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in... Man #: ... skin, honey. This isn't Captain Kangaroo. Men: Yeah! Come on!
Man #5 reaches up and tries to stick some money in Jenny’s shoe.
Man #5: Hey, honey, I got something here for you.
Jenny kicks his hand. He yells angrily as he sits back down, then tosses
his drink on her.
Man #5: Goddamnit! Jenny: Hey! Hey! Stupid jerk! I'm singing a song here. Polly, get out here! Man #: Hey, show us some stuff, honey! Jenny: Shut up! Oh, shut up!
Forrest walks up to Man #5 and grabs him and tosses him down on the
ground. Man #4 tries to grab Forrest, but Forrest shoves him down too.
Jenny: Forrest, what are you doing here? What are you doing?
Forrest climbs up onto the stage and picks Jenny up, guitar and all, and
Forrest: Come on. Jenny: What are you doing? Forrest, let me down!
Jenny struggles and frees herself from Forrest. Forrest steps back in
surprise. Jenny shoves the guitar at Forrest.
Jenny walks off as Forrest holds the guitar. He follows after her.
EXT. MEMPHIS BRIDGE - NIGHT
Forrest follows Jenny over a bridge outside the night club.
Jenny: You can't keep doing this, Forrest. You can't keep tryin' to rescue me all the time. Forrest: They was tryin' to grab you. Jenny: A lot of people try to grab me. Just -- you can't keep doing this all the time! Forrest: I can't keep it. I love you. Jenny: Forrest, you don't know what love is.
Jenny turns and looks over the bridge.
Jenny: You remember that time we prayed, Forrest? We prayed for God to turn me into a bird so I could fly far, far away? Forrest: Yes, I do. Jenny: You think I can fly off this bridge? Forrest: What do you mean, Jenny? Jenny: Nothing.
Jenny turns and looks at the light of an approaching vehicle. She steps
into the street.
Jenny: I gotta get outta here.
Jenny runs and flags down the approaching vehicle.
Forrest: But wait. Jenny! Jenny: Forrest, you stay away from me, okay? You just stay away from me, please.
A pickup truck pulls over as Jenny looks at the driver.
Jenny: Can I have a ride? Driver: Where you going? Jenny: I don't care. Driver: Get in the truck. Forrest: So bye-bye, Jenny. They sendin' me to Vietnam. It's this whole other country.
Jenny walks toward Forrest. She looks at the driver.
Jenny: Just hang on a minute.
Jenny walks up to Forrest.
Jenny: Listen, you promise me something, okay? Just if you're ever in trouble, don't try to be brave, you just run, okay? Just run away. Forrest: Okay. Jenny, I'll write you all the time.
Jenny takes a last look at Forrest, then climbs into the truck.
Forrest watches Jenny in the pickup as it drives away.
Forrest: (voice-over) And just like that.
EXT. GREENBOW/GUMP BOARDING HOUSE/RIVER - DAY
Forrest, dressed in his uniform, sits on a log and looks out at a river.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... she was gone.
Mrs. Gump walks toward Forrest and sits down next to him on the log.
Forrest leans down, placing his head on his mother’s shoulder.
Mrs. Gump: You come back safe to me, do ya hear?
EXT. VIETNAM/MEKONG DELTA - MORNING (1967)
The shadow of a helicopter over the rice field below. A soldier is
manning a gun from inside the helicopter. The solider looks left, Forrest
and Bubba ride in the helicopter.
EXT. FIREBASE/4TH PLATOON
The helicopter circles overhead, then lands at the firebase.
Song: "Some folks are born made to wave the flag. Ooh, they're red, white and blue. And when the band plays "Hail to the Chief," ohh, they point the cannon at you all. It ain't me. It ain't me. I ain't no Senator's son, no. It ain't me. It ain't me..."
Bubba and Forrest jump out of the helicopter with their gear/ They walk
and look around oddly.
Forrest: (voice-over) Now, they told us that Vietnam was gonna be very different from the United Sates of America.
The soldier places a case of beer on a large stack of cases. He takes two
beers out and walks away. In the background, soldiers are barbecuing
steaks and drinking beer.
Forrest: (voice-over) Except for all the beer cans and the barbecue, it was. Bubba: Y'know, I bet there's shrimp all in these waters. They tell me these Vietnams is good shrimp. You know, after we win this war, and we take over everything we can get American shrimpers to come on here and shrimp these waters. We'll just shrimp all the time, man. So much shrimp, why, you wouldn't believe it.
Lieutenant DAN TAYLOR steps out of a tent. Shirtless, he holds a roll of
toilet paper in his hand.
Lt. Dan: You must be my F.N.G.'s. Bubba: Morning', sir! &Forrest Lt. Dan: Ho! Get your hands down. Do not salute me. There are goddamned snipers all around this area who would love to grease an officer. I'm Lieutenant Dan Taylor. Welcome to Fourth Platoon.
Lt. Dan looks at Bubba.
Lt. Dan: What's wrong with your lips? Bubba: I was born with big gums, sir. Lt. Dan: Yeah, well, you better tuck that in. Gonna get that caught on a trip wire. Where you boys from in the world? Bubba &: Alabama, sir! Forrest Lt. Dan: You twins?
Forrest and Bubba look at each other oddly, they don’t get the joke.
Forrest: No, we are not relations, sir. Lt. Dan: Look, it's pretty basic here.
Lt. Dan starts to walk. Bubba and Forrest grab their gear and follow him.
Lt. Dan: You stick with me, you learn from the guys who been in coyntry a while, you'll be right. There is one item of G.I. gear that can be the difference between a live grunt and a dead grunt.
Lt. Dan stops and looks at the boys.
Lt. Dan: Socks" Cushion sole, O.D. green. Try and keep your feet dry when we're out humpin'. I want you boys to remember to change your socks wherever we stop. The Mekong will eat a grunt's feet right off his legs.
Lt. Dan steps over to a large black solider named SERGEANT SIMS.
Lt. Dan: Sergeant Sims! Goddamnit, where is that sling-rope I told you to order. Sgt. Sims: I put in requisitions at Battalion. Lt. Dan: Yeah, yeah, yeah, well you call those sonabitches again, call them again and again and again. I don't care how much it takes... Forrest: (voice-over) Lt. DAn sure knew his stuff. I felt real lucky he was my lieutenant. He was from a long, great military tradition. Somebody in his family had fought and died in every single American war.
EXT. VALLEY FORGE/THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR - DAY (1778)
A distant relative of Lt. Dan’s, wearing a revolutionary war uniform,
falls dead in the snow.
EXT. GETTYSBURG/THE CIVIL WAR - DAY (1863)
Anothegr relative, wearing a civil war uniform and bearing a striking
resemblance to Lt. Dan, falls down dead.
EXT. NORMANDY/WORLD WAR II - DAY (1944)
Another relative, wearing a World War II, falls down dead on the beach at
EXT. VETNAM/MEKONG DELTA/FIEBASE - DAY (1967)
Lt. Dan: Goddamnit, kick some ass! Sgt. Sims: I'm on it, Lieutenant. Lt. Dan: Get on it!
Lt. Dan steps back up to Bubba and Forrest.
Forrest: (voice-over) I guess you could say he had a lot to live up to.
Lt. Dan walks along the walkway and Bubba and Forrest follow.
Lt. Dan: So, you boys are from Arkansas, huh? Well, I've been through there. Little Rock's a fine town. Now, go shake down your gear, see the platoon sergeant, draw what you need for the field.
Lt. Dan steps inside the latrine, still holding the roll of toilet paper.
Lt. Dan: If you boys are hungry, we got steaks burnin' right here.
Lt. Dan sits down out of sight in the latrine, then stands up, looking at
Lt. Dan: Two standing orders in this platoon. One, take good care of your feet. Two, try not to do anything stupid, like gettin' yourself killed.
Lt. Dan sits back down out of sight in the latrine. Bubba and Forrest
look at each other.
Forrest: I sure hope I don't let him down.
EXT. RICE FIELD - ANOTHER DAY
Forrest, Bubba, and other soldiers in the Fourth Platoon walk across the
Some Vietnamese rice farmers are working as the soldiers walk past.
Forrest: (voice-over) I got to see a lot of countryside. We would take these real long walks.
EXT. JUNGLE/DIRT ROAD - ANOTHER DAY
Forrest’s unit walks along a dirt road.
Song: And we were always lookin' for this guy named Charlie. I can't get no relief.
Suddenly Lt. Dan holds up his fist, a signal for the unit to stop. He
motions for them to get down.
Lt. Dan: Hold it up! Sgt. Sims: Hold up, boys!
Forrest gets down and looks around.
Forrest: (voice-over) It wasn't always fun. Lt. Dan always gettin' these funny feelings about a rock or a trail, or the road, so he'd tell u to get down, shut up! Lt. Dan: Get down! Shut up! Forrest: (voice-over) So we did.
Lt. Dan motions for the lead soldier to get down. Lt. Dan crouches down.
Lt. Dan looks at the soldiers and points to his eyes. He lies down on the
dirt road and crawls.
Forrest: (voice-over) Now, I don't know much about anything, but I think some of American's best young men served in this war. There was Dallas, from Phoenix. Cleveland, he was Detroit. Cleveland: Hey, Tex. Hey, Tex. Man, what the hell's going on?
Tex holds up his hand, motioning that he doesn’t know.
Forrest: (voice-over) And Tex was, well, I don't remember where Tex come from. Lt. Dan: Ah, nothin'. Fourth Platoon, on your feet! Still got ten clicks to go to that river.
Forrest stands up and begins to walk with the platoon.
Lt. Dan: All right, move out! Comin' out. Look alive out there. Forrest: (voice-over) The good thing about Vietnam is there was always someplace to go. Lt. Dan: (voice-over) Fire in the hole!
EXT. VIETNAM/VIET CONG FOXHOLE - ANOTHER DAY
Lt. Dan walks away as Forrest rushe over, aims two pistols in the hole,
then climbs inside.
Forrest: (voice-over) And there was always something to do. Lt. Dan: Mount 'em up. Sgt. Sims: Spread out! Cover his back.
ANOTHER DAY - The platoon walks through a rice paddy, waits deep in
water. It begins to rain.
Forrest: (voice-over) One day it started raining, and it didn't quit for four months.
The rain pours down on Forrest and Bubba as they sit in a foxhole.
Forrest: (voice-over) We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain...
ANOTHER DAY - The platoon walks through the jungle as rain pours down on
Forrest: (voice-over) ... and big ol' fat rain.
ANOTHER DAY - The platoon shelters themself as they walks through the
wind and rain.
Forrest: (voice-over) Rain that flew in sideways.
ANOTHER DAY - Forrest and other soldiers walk chest-deep through a river.
The rain splatters back up from the river, hitting the soldiers. Forrest
holds his hand up to protect his face.
Forrest: (voice-over) And sometimes rain even seemed to come staright up from underneath.
EXT. ENCHAMPMENT - NIGHT
The rain pours down on the men of the platoon as they sit in a camp.
Bubba sits down next to Forrest.
Forrest: (voice-over) Shoot, it even rained at night.
Bubba leans his back up against Forrest’s back.
Bubba: Hey Forrest... Forrest: Hey Bubba... Bubba: I'm gonna lean up against you, you just lean right back against me. This way, we don't have to sleep with our heads in the mud. You know why we a good partnership, Forrest? 'Cause we be watchin' out for one another. Like brothers and stuff. Hey, Forrest, there's somethin' I've been thinkin' about. I got a very important question to ask you. How would you like to go into the shrimpin' business with me? Forrest: Okay. Bubba: Man, I tell you what, I got it all figured out, too. So many pounds of shrimp to pay off the boat, so many pounds for gas, we can just live right on the boat. We ain't got to pay no rent. I'll be the captain; we can just work it together. Split everything right down the middle. Man, I'm tellin' you, fifty-fifty. And, hey, Forrest, all the shrimp you can get. Forrest: That's a fine idea. Forrest: (voice-over) Bubba did have a fine idea.
Some soldiers patrol the area. Forrest lies in a pup tent and writes a
litter as the rain pours down. He uses his flashlight to see.
Forrest: (voice-over) I even wrote Jenny and told her all about it. I sent her letters. Not every day, but almost. I told her what I was doin' and asked her what she was doing, and I told her how I thought about her always.
EXT. Jenny’S GRANDMOTHER’S TRAILER - DAY
Jenny steps out of the trailer with a backpack and a guitar. She hugs a
hippie guy, then jumps into the back of a Volkswagen bus with another
Forrest: (voice-over) And how I was looking forward to getting a letter from her just as soon as she had the time I'd always let her know that I was okay.
EXT. VIETNAM - NIGHT
Forrest writes a letter in his tent.
Forrest: (voice-over) Then I'd sign each letter, "Love, Forrest Gump."
EXT. JUNGLE - DAY
The Fourth Platoon makes their way through the jungle and rain.
Song: "There's something happenin' here. What it is ain't exactly clear. There's a man with a gun over there, telling' me I got to beware." Forrest: (voice-over) This one day, we was out walking, like always, and then, just like that, somebody turned off the rain and the sun come out.
Forrest looks up as the sun suddenly appears. Forrest’s platoon is
attacked. A bullet kills the soldier standing next to Forrest. Bombs
explode all around as the soldiers scramble to the ground.
Lt. Dan: Take cover!
Forrest crawls over a berm as bullets fly overhead and explode all around
him. Forrest rolls over and pulls his pack off Lt. Dan lies next to
Lt. Dan: Get that pig up here, goddammit! Bubba: Forrest, you okay?
Two soldiers with a machine gun fire into the jungle. Lt. Dan shouts into
Forrest begins firing his weapon into the jungle.
Lt. Dan: ...Strongarm, please be advised...
Two soldiers pull a wounded soldier into the jungle.
Bubba: Medic, we got a man down! Lt. Dan: Strongarm, this is Leg Lima 6, over! Roger, Strongarm, be advised we have incoming from the treeline at point blue plus two. A.K's and rockets...
The machine gunner fires into the treeline. Another soldier helps him
with the ammunition. The machine gun jams.
Soldier With: Misfire! Misfire!
Lt. Dan: Goddammit, Mac! Get that pig unfucked and get it in the
A rocket explodes on the machine gunner and the other soldier, killing
Forrest looks down and covers his head as rockets explodes all around
Lt. Dan: (into radio) Ah, Jesus! My unit is down hard and hurting! 6 pulling back to the blue line, Leg Lima 6 out! Pull back! Pull back! Bubba: Forrest! Run! Run, Forrest! Lt. Dan: Pull back! Bubba: Forrest! Run! Run, Forrest! Run! Run! Sgt. Sims: Pull back! Let's go!
Lt. Dan gets up and grabs Forrest by the collar.
Lt. Dan: Run, goddammit, run!
The platoon gets up and runs toward the cover of the jungle. Rockets
explode all around the field. Forrest runs into the jungle.
The soldiers run through the jungle as bullets explode all around. A
soldier is blown up by a rocket.
A soldier runs through the jungle. Forrest runs past the soldier.
Soldier: Medic! Medic! Jesus, can I get a medic? Forrest: (voice-over) I ran and ran, just like Jenny told me to.
Rockets explode in the jungle as Forrest runs out toward a clearing.
Forrest: (voice-over) I ran so far and so fast that pretty soon I was all by myself, which was a bad thing. Forrest: Bubba!
Forrest turns around, then runs back into the jungle.
Forrest: (voice-over) Bubba was my best good friend. I had to make sure he was okay.
Rockets explode in the jungle. Forrest runs back into the jungle to look
1st Soldier: Any friendlies out there?
2nd Soldier: Yeah, I’ve got three over there.
1st Soldier: Where the hell are you?
Forrest stops and aims his weapon. He looks around, scared.
Something moves. Forrest turns and looks, then rushes over.
Forrest: (voice-over) And on my way back to find Bubba, well, there was this boy laying on the ground. Forrest: Tex!
Tex lies on the ground, his face distorted with pain.
Forrest reaches down and picks up Tex from the ground. Forrest pulls Tex
up over his shoulder, then runs.
Forrest: (voice-over) I couldn't just let him lay there all alone, scared the way he was, so I grabbed him up and run him out of there.
Forrest carries Tex out of the jungle and into the clearing. He sets Tex
down on the bank of a river, and runs back into the jungle.
Forrest: (voice-over) And every time I went back looking for Bubba, somebody else was saying, "Help me, Forrest. Help me."
Forrest drops another wounded soldier down at the bank of the river next
to Tex, and then runs back toward the jungle.
Forrest grabs the third wounded soldier up from the ground and turns him
over. It is DALLAS.
Dallas: Can't hear... Can't hear...
Dallas is dropped off at the bank next to the other wounded soldiers.
Forrest turns to go back to the jungle.
2nd Wounded: No sweat, man. Just lay back. You’re gonna be okay. You’re
Soldier gonna be okay.
Forrest: (voice-over) I started to get scared that I might never
Strongarm: (over radio) You’re danger close for crack air, over.
Forrest trips over something and falls to the ground. He looks up to find
two bloody legs. It is Lt. Dan, who is wounded. He speaks into the radio.
Lt. Dan: (into radio) Roger, Strongarm, I know my position is danger close! We got Charlie all over this area! I gotta have those fast movers in here now! Over! Strongarm: (over radio) Six, Strongarm, we want... Forrest: Lieutenant Dan, Coleman's dead! Lt. Dan: I know he's dead! My whole goddamned platoon is wiped out! Strongarm: (over radio) Leg Lima 6, Leg Lima 6, how copy you this transmission? Over.
Forrest tries to pick up Lt. Dan, who tries to push Forrest away.
Lt. Dan: Goddammit! What are you doing? Leave me here! Get away. Just leave me here! Get out!
Forrest pulls Lt. Dan over his shoulder and runs through the jungle.
Strongarm: Leg Lima 6, Leg Lima 6. This is Strongarm, be advised, your fast movers are inbound at this time, over. Forrest: (voice-over) Then it felt like something just jumped up and bit me.
Forrest falls down.
Forrest: Ah, something bit me!
Forrest gets up as Lt. Dan yells.
Lt. Dan fires his pistol at the unseen enemy as Forrest pulls him away.
Lt. Dan: You dink son-of-a-bitch! I can't leave the platoon! I told you to leave me there, Gump. Forget about me. Get yourself out! Did you hear what I said! Goddammit, pull me down! Get your ass out of here!
Forrest drops Lt. Dan down at the bank, next to the other wounded
soldiers. Lt. Dan grabs Forrest by the shirt, angry.
Lt. Dan: I didn't ask you to pull me out of there, goddamn you! What the hell do you think you're going? Forrest: To get Bubba. Lt. Dan: I got an air strike inbound right now. They're gonna nape the whole area.
Forrest gets up and runs as Lt. Dan yells after him.
Lt. Dan: Gump, you stay here, goddammit! That's an order! Forrest: I gotta find Bubba!
Forrest runs through the jungle searching for Bubba.
Forest slows down and looks around carefully.
Bubba: Forrest... Forrest: Bubba...
Bubba looks up as he lies on the ground.
Bubba: I'm okay.
Bubba holds a palm frond over his wound. Forrest removes the frond to
look at the wound. Bubba’s chest has been blown open.
Forrest: Oh, Bubba, no... Bubba: Naw, I'm gonna be all right.
Forrest looks around as he hear the voices of the enemy.
Forrest: Come on. Come on. Come here...
Forrest carries Bubba through the jungle. The sound of approaching planes
fills the air.
Bubba: I'm okay, Forrest. I'm all right.
The roar of approaching planes is deafening. Forrest looks up in fear.
Three planes dive down toward the jungle. They fire napalm as the jungle
explodes with massive fireballs. Forrest runs, carrying Bubba. The
fireballs explode behind him. The entire jungle area is in flames as
Forrest carries Bubba to the bank of the river. Lt. Dan and the other
wounded soldiers wait for a rescue helicopter.
Lt. Dan: Helo's inbound. Top smoke, get it up there! Forrest: (voice-over) If I'd a known this was gonna be the last time me and Bubba was gonna talk, I'd a thought of something better to say.
Forrest looks down at Bubba. A soldier releases a smoke canister.
Forrest: Hey, Bubba... Bubba: Hey, Forrest. Forrest, why'd this happen? Forrest: You got shot. Forrest: (voice-over) Then Bubba said something I won't even forget. Bubba: I wanna go home. Forrest: Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain't something you can find just around the corner. Bubba was gonna be a shrimpin' boat captain, but instead he died right there by that river in Vietnam.
The helicopter fly overhead.
BUS STATION - DAY
Forrest continues with his life story. A MAN is sitting next to Forrest
on the bus bench.
Forrest: That's all I have to say about that. Man: It was a bullet, wasn't it? Forrest: A bullet? Man: That jumped up and bit you. Forrest: Oh, yes sir. Bit me directly in the buttocks. 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. The only good thing about being wounded in the buttocks...
Flashback - INT. US. ARMY HOSPITAL/VIETNAM - DAY
Forrest holds two ice cream cones in his hands as he is wheeled on a
Forrest: (voice-over) ...is the ice cream. They gave me all the ice cream I could eat. And guess what. A good friend of mine was in the bed right next door.
Forrest, lying on his stomach, is wheeled to his bed. Forrest’s butt
sticks up and is bandaged. Forrest looks at Lt. Dan lying on the bed.
Forrest holds out an ice cream cone for Lt. Dan.
Forrest: Lieutenant Dan, I got you some ice cream. Lieutenant Dan, ice cream.
Lt. Dan, annoyed, takes the ice cream cone and drops it into his bed pan.
Forrest slides himself onto his bed. A NURSE reaches toward Lt. Dan.
Male Nurse: It's time for your bath, Lieutenant.
The male nurse places Lt. Dan’s hands on a pull-up bar, then picks up Lt.
Dan, whose legs have been amputated.
Male Nurse: Harper...
Another nurse wheels the rolling bed under Lt. Dan. The male nurse sets
Lt. Dan down on the rolling bed.
Forrest looks up at Lt. Dan as he is wheeled away. A soldier reads the
names from a pile of letters.
Soldier: Cooper, Larson, Webster, Gump, Gump... Forrest: I'm Forrest Gump.
The soldier hands Forrest a large pile of letters.
“Undeliverable as addressed. No forwarding order on fiile.”
Rural Route 2
Greenbow, Ala. 39902
Forrest looks down at the pile of letters.
INT. ARMY HOSPITAL/VIETNAM - DAY
A group of wounded soldiers hang out in the hospital, recuperating.
Forrest sits and watches “Gomer Pyle” on the television.
Soldier: Gump, how can you watch that stupid shit? Turn it off! Announcer: From the D.M.Z. to the Delta, you are tuned to the American Forces Vietnam Network. This is Channel 6, Saigon.
Forrest turns the TV off and he is hit on the back of the head by a
Soldier: Good catch, Gump. You know how to play this?
Forrest shakes his head.
Soldier: Come on, let me show you. Here.
The wounded ping-pong player hands Forrest a paddle. Forrest and the
wounded ping-pong player step toward the ping-pong table.
Soldier: Now the secret to this game is, no matter what happens, never, never take your eye off the ball.
He holds the ball up and moves it back and forth. Forrest keeps his eyes
on the ball.
Soldier: All right...
The wounded ping-pong player tosses the ball down onto the table. Forrest
begins to hit the ball back to the other player.
Forrest: (voice-over) For some reason, ping pong came very natural to me. Soldier: See, any idiot can play. Forrest: (voice-over) So I started playing it all the time.
Forrest hits ping-pong balls.
Forrest: (voice-over) I played ping-pong even when I didn't have anyone to play ping-pong with.
The balls at land in a bed pan positioned on a chair.
A group of wounded soldier sit and watch Forrest play with himself.
Forrest hits two balls at a time against the opposite side of the table.
Forrest: (voice-over) The hospital's people said it made me look like a duck in water, whatever that means. Even Lieutenant Dan would come and watch me play.
Lt. Dan stares out the window.
Forrest lies in his bed asleep. A hand reaches and grabs him.
Forrest: (voice-over) I played ping-pong so much, I even played it in my sleep.
Lt. Dan pulls Forrest to the floor, and holds Forrest down.
Lt. Dan: Now, you listen to me. We all have a destiny. Nothing just happens, it's all part of a plan. I should have died out there with my men! But now, I'm nothing but a goddamned cripple! A legless freak. Look! Look! Look at me! Do you see that? Do you know what it's like not to be able to use your legs? Forrest: Well... Yes, sir, I do. Lt. Dan: Did you hear what I said? You cheated me. I had a destiny. I was supposed to die in the field! With honor! That was my destiny! And you cheated me out of it! You understand what I'm saying, Gump? This wasn't supposed to happen. Not to me. I had a destiny. I was Lieutenant Dan Tyler. Forrest: Yo-You're still Lieutenant Dan.
Lt. Dan looks at Forrest, lets go of Forrest and rolls.
Lt. Dan sits up as Forrest looks at him.
Lt. Dan: Look at me. What am I gonna do now? What am I gonna do now?
INT. REC ROOM/VIETNAM HOSPITAL - ANOTHER DAY
Forrest plays ping-pong by himself. An OFFICER walks up to him.
Officer: P.F.C. Gump?
Forrest immediately grabs the ball and places it down on the table under
its paddle. Stands at attention.
Forrest: Yes, sir! Officer: As you were.
The officer holds up an envelope.
Officer: Son, you've been awarded the Medal of Honor.
INT. VIETNAM HOSPITAL WARD
Forrest steps up to Lt. Dan’s bed.
Forrest: Guess what, Lieutenant Dan, they want to give me a me...
Forrest stops in mid-sentence as he looks down at the bed. A heavily
bandaged soldier with bloodstains lies there. Forrest turns and look at
Forrest: Ma'am, what'd they do with Lieutenant Dan? Nurse: They sent him home. Forrest: (voice-over) Two weeks later, I left Vietnam.
INT. BARBER SHOP/GREENBOW - DAY
Anchorman: (on T.V.) The ceremony was kicked off with a candid speech by the President regarding the need for further escalation of the war in Vietnam. President Johnson awarded four Medals of Honor to men from each of the Armed Services.
The television reveals Forrest as he is awarded the Medal of Honor by
President: America owes you a debt of gratitude, son. Johnson
Color footage revealing President Johnson as he places the award around
Forrest’s neck and shakes hands.
President: I understand you were wounded. Where were you hit? Johnson Forrest: In the buttocks, sir. President: Oh, that must be a sight. Johnson
President Johnson leans and whispers into Forrest’s ear.
President: I'd kinda like to see that. Johnson
INT. BARBER SHOP
The television revealing Forrest as he drops his pants, bends over and
shows the bullet wound on his bare buttocks. President Johnson looks down
The three men in the barber shop look up in disbelief.
Mrs. Gump looks up in shock.
President: Goddamn, son. Johnson
EXT. LINCOLN MEMORIAL - DAY
Forrest walks by the Lincoln Memorial. A fence surrounds the Memorial, as
well as armed military guards.
Forrest: (voice-over) After that, Momma went to the hotel to lay down, so I went out for a walk to see our national capital. Isabel: Hilary, all right, I've got the vets, what do you want me to do with them? Hilary: What are you doing here so late?
Forrest takes a photo of the memorial as a woman named Hilary gathers
together some veterans against the Vietnam War.
Hilary: We've been waiting for you for half an hour, so just get them in a line, will you. Hey, hey, come on, pictures later. You look great. Oh come on, get in this line, come on, come on right in line. Come on, let him here, let him in here.
Hilary grabs Forrest and puts him in the line with the other vets against
Forrest: (voice-over) It's a good thing Momma was resting, 'cause the street was awful crowded with people looking at all the statues and monuments. And some of them people were loud and pushy.
Hilary leads the line of vets toward the large anti-Vietnam War rally.
Hilary: Okay, follow me! Come on.
The group of vets walk as Forrest tries to take another picture. A vet
behind him pushes him along.
Hilary: Let's move it out. Vet: Hey, buddy, come on. We could use your help.
Forrest walks in the line. A banner reads “Veterans against the War in
Forrest: (voice-over) Everywhere I went, I had to stand in line. Hilary: Follow me, let's go!
Hilary leads the vets through a crowd of people outside the rally.
Another woman, named Isabel, leads the vets toward the back of a stage.
Isabel: All right, come on, guys. Hilary: Stand here. Vet: Hey, you're a good man for doin' this. Good! Forrest: Okay.
A man, wearing an American flag shirt, stands on the stage. He is
anti-war activist ABBIE HOFFMAN.
Abbie Hoffman: We must declare to that fucking impostor in the White
House – Johnson. We ain’t going to work on your farm no
Forrest: (voice-over) There was this man, giving a little talk. And
for some reason, he was wearing an American flag for a
Abbie Hoffman: Now, I’m going to bring up some soldiers that are going to
talk about the war, man…
Forrest: (voice-over) … and he liked to say the “F” word. A lot.
“F” this and “F” that. And every time…
Abbie Hoffman: … that war has come home, and we have to stop these
Forrest: (voice-over) … he said “F” word, people, for some
reason, well, they’d cheer.
Abbie Hoffman: … these guys just told Lyndon Johnson where to stick
this fucking war! Yeah!
Forrest looks up at the cheering crowd.
Abbie turns and motions for Forrest to come up on the stage.
Abbie Hoffman: Come on, man. Come up here, man.
Hilary: Come on. Come on. Yeah, you!
Hilary pulls Forrest up onto the stage.
Hilary: Come on, get up there. Come on. Move, move. Let's go! Let's go.
The other vets follow Forrest pushes onto the stage and push him toward
Vet: Come on, go. You can do it. Just get up there. Go on. That's it.
Thousands of cheering protestors stand around the Washington Monument.
Forrest looks at the crowd. Abbie Hoffmann steps up to Forrest.
Abbie Hoffman: Tell us a little bit about the war, man.
Forrest: The war in Vietnam?
Abbie Hoffman: The war in Viet-fucking-nam!
Abbie raises his fist as the crowd cheers wildly.
Forrest: Well... Forrest: (voice-over) There was only one thing I could say about the war in Vietnam. Forrest: ... there was only one thing I could say about the war in Vietnam.
Forrest looks at the crowd as he speaks. A policeman looks around as he
sneaks over to the audio circuit board.
Forrest: In Vietnam war...
The policeman pulls the patch cords out of the audio board. Forrest’s
amplified voice becomes inaudible.
Forrest continues to speak into the microphone, even though no one can
hear what he is saying. Hilary looks over and notices the policeman.
Hilary rushes over toward the audio board, pushes the policeman away and
grabs his night stick. Another protestor grabs the policeman and pulls
Policeman: Hey, what the hell are you doing? Hilary: I'll beat your head in, you goddamned oinker!
Isabel, Hilary and another protestor try to plug the tangled mess of
wires back into the audio board.
Isabel: Christ, what'd they do with this?
Forrest continues to speak into the microphone. The crowd grows restless.
Crowd: We can't hear you! We can't hear anything! Hilary: This one! This one! Give me that!
Hilary plugs in the right patch cord.
Hilary: That's it. Forrest: ... and that's all I have to say about that.
Forrest looks at the massive crowd. They are silent. Abbie Hoffman steps
over to Forrest and pats him on the shoulder.
Abbie Hoffman: That’s so right on, man. You said it all. What’s your
Forrest: My name is Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump.
Abbie Hoffman: Forrest Gump!
Abbie raises his fist into the air.
Abbie steps away from Forrest. The crowd cheers.
Crowd: Forrest Gump! Jenny: (screaming) Forrest! Forrest!
Jenny wades out into the reflection pool and waves her hand into the air.
Forrest recognizes her.
Forrest rushes off the stage as Jenny makes her way out into the pool.
Forrest jumps down into the crowd and runs.
Jenny smiles as she tries to run through the water.
The crowd parts as Forrest runs into the pool. Jenny rushes toward him.
Jenny: Hey! Hey!
The massive crowd cheers for the embracing couple in the pool.
Forrest: (voice-over) It was the happiest moment of my life.
EXT. WASHINGTON MONUMENT/PROTESTOR’S ENCAMPMENT - NIGHT
Forrest and Jenny walk past the protestors who are camping out on the
Forrest: (voice-over) Jenny and me were just peas and carrots again. She showed me around, and even introduced me...
INT. BLACK PANTHER HEADQUARTERS/STOREFRONT, D.C. - NIGHT
Forrest stands at an open window and looks at the White House.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... to some of her new friends.
A Black Panther, named RUBEN, steps over and pulls the shades down.
Ruben: Shut that blind, man. And get your white ass away from that window. Don't you know we in war here?
Another Black Panther named MASAI grabs Forrest and pats him down.
Jenny: Hey man, he's cool. He's cool. He's one of us. He's one of us. Masai: Let me tell you about us. Wesley: Where the hell have you been? Jenny: I ran into a friend. Masai: Our purpose here is to protect our black leaders from the racial onslaught of the pig who wishes to brutalize our black leaders, rape our women, and destroy our black communists.
Black Panther: Masai, phone. Talk to these guys.
Wesley: Who’s the baby killer?
Jenny: This is my good friend I told you about. This is Forrest
Gump. Forrest, this is Wesley. Wesley and I live together
in Berkeley, and he’s the president of the Berkeley
chapter of S.D.S.
Masai: Let me tell you something else.
Wesley: I want to talk to you.
Jenny: Okay, but…
Wesley: No. Now! Goddammit!
Masai: We are here to offer protection and help for all of those
who need our help, because we, the Black Panthers, are
against the war in Vietnam. Yes, we are against any war
where black soldiers are sent to the front line to die for
a country that hates them. Yes, we are against any war
where black soldiers go to fight and come to be brutalized
and killed in their own communities as they sleep in their
beds at night. Yes, we are against all these racists and
imperial dog acts.
Jenny: You are a fucking asshole!
Wesley hits Jenny across the face.
Slow motion – Jenny falls back.
Slow motion – Forrest steps forward with rage.
Slow motion – Wesley turns and looks at Forrest.
Forrest tackles Wesley and slams him onto a table.
Jenny turns and look as Masai pulls out a gun.
Jenny: Forrest! Quit it! Quit it! Forrest! Stop it!
Jenny rushes over to Forrest and pulls Forrest off Wesley.
Jenny: Stop it!
Jenny tries to help Wesley as he moans on the floor. Wesley knocks
Jenny’s hand away. He gets up, holding his bloody lip.
Wesley: Oh, God. I shouldn't have brought you here. I should have known it was just gonna be some bullshit hassle. Forrest: He should not be hitting you, Jenny. Jenny: Come on, Forrest.
Jenny steps out the door as Forrest picks up his hat.
Forrest: Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your Black Panther party.
The group of Black Panthers glare at Forrest. Forrest turns and walks out
EXT. WASHINGTON D.C. - NIGHT
Forrest and Jenny walk past the White House. Protectors hold a
candlelight vigil behind them.
Jenny: He doesn't mean it when he does things like this. He doesn't. Forrest: I would never hurt you, Jenny. Jenny: I know you wouldn't, Forrest. Forrest: I wanted to be your boyfriend.
They walk in silence. Jenny touches Forrest’s uniform.
Jenny: That uniform is a trip, Forrest. You look handsome in it. You do. Forrest: You know what? Jenny: What? Forrest: I'm glad we were here together in our national capitol. Jenny: Me too, Forrest. I have so much to tell you, you won't believe what's been going on... Forrest: (voice-over) We waled around all night, Jenny and me, just talkin'.
EXT. ROUTE 66 - FLASHBACK - DAY
Jenny stands in the rain, hitchhiking. A car pulls over to pick her up.
Jenny and other other girls get into the car.
Forrest: (voice-over) She told me about all the travellin' she's done.
EXT. COMMUNE IN NEW MEXICO - NIGHT
A hippie gives Jenny a sugar cube of acid as they sit in front of a
Forrest: (voice-over) And how she'd discovered ways to expand her mind and learn how to live in harmony...
EXT. HOLLYWOOD/WALK OF FAME - DAY
A star with the name “Jean Harlow” on the sidewalk. Jenny and two other
girls sing on the sidewalk and collect change from the passersby. Jenny
plays the guitar.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... which must be out west somewhere, 'cause she made it all the way to California. Jenny: (sing) "Smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love on another right now"
A young hippie looks over his faded Volkswagen at the girls.
Young Hippie: Hey, anybody want to go to San Francisco?
Jenny: I’ll go.
Young Hippie: Far out!
EXT. WASHINGTON D.C. - DAWN
Forrest and Jenny walk through the park.
Forrest: (voice-over) I was a very special night for the two of us. I didn't want it to end.
EXT. PARKING LOT - EARLY MORNING
Jenny carries a backpack as she prepares to board a bus back to Berkeley.
Forrest: I wish you wouldn't go, Jenny. Jenny: I have to, Forrest. Wesley: Jenny? Things got a little out of hand. It's just this war and that, that lyin' son-of-a-bitch Johnson. I would never hurt you. You know that. Forrest: You know what I think? I think you should go home to Greenbow. Alabama! Jenny: Forrest, we have very different lives, you know.
Forrest looks down at Jenny. He pulls his Medal of Honor from around his
Forrest: I want you to have this.
Forrest places the Medal of Honor in Jenny’s hand. Jenny looks up at him.
Jenny: Forrest, I can't keep this. Forrest: I got it just by doing what you told me to do. Jenny: Why're you so good to me? Forrest: You're my girl. Jenny: I'll always be your girl.
Jenny and Forrest hug each other. Wesley waits for Jenny. Jenny turns and
walks up to Wesley. They walk toward the entrance of the bus.
Forrest smiles as Jenny looks at her. Jenny climbs up into the bus.
Wesley glares at Forrest. Forrest gives Wesley the “evil eye.”
Jenny through the near window of the bus, knocks on the window. Forrest
turns and looks. Jenny waves to Forrest. Forrest looks up and smiles
Jenny gives Forrest the peace sign as the bus pulls away. The sign on the
back of the bus reads “Berkeley to D.C.” Forrest gives Jenny the peace
Forrest: (voice-over) And just like that, she was gone out of my life again.
INT. VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL/REC ROOM - DAY
A footage of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon on television.
Neil: That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Armstrong The, uh, the surface is fine and powdery. I can, I can pick it up loosely.
Forrest demonstrates a ping-pong to some wounded vets.
Forrest: (voice-over) I thought I was going back to Vietnam, but instead, they decided the best way for me to fight communists was to play ping-pong. So I was in the Special Services, traveling around the country cheering up all them wounded veterans and showing them how to play...
BUS STOP - PRESENT - DAY
Forrest looks at a man.
Forrest: ... ping-pong. I was so good that some years later...
EXT. CHINA/PING-PONG TOURNAMENT - FLASHBACK - DAY
Forrest plays ping-pong against a Chinese player. A large mural of Mao
Tse-tung hangs on the wall. A crowd of communist leaders sit and watch.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... the Army decided I should be on the All-American Ping-Pong Team. We were the first Americans to visit the land of China in like a million years or something like that, and somebody said that world peace was in our hands. But all I did was play ping-pong. When I got home...
BUS STOP - PRESENT - DAY
Forrest: ... I was national celebrity. Famouser even than Captain Kangaroo.
Color footage of the DICK CAVETT Show. Dick Cavett stands up as he
Dick Cavett: Here he is, Forrest Gump, right here.
Forrest makes his way onto the stage, shakes hands with Dick Cavett.
Dick Cavett: Mr. Gump, have a seat.
Forrest sits down between JOHN LENNON and Dick Cavett.
Dick Cavett: Forrest Gump, John Lennon.
John Lennon: Welcome home.
Dick Cavett: You had quite a trip. Can you, uh, tell us, uh, what was
John Lennon lights a cigarette.
Forrest: Well, in the land of China, people hardly got nothing at all.
John Lennon: No possessions?
Forrest: And in China, they never go to church.
John Lennon: No religion, too?
Dick Cavett: Oh. Hard to imagine.
John Lennon: Well, it’s easy if you try, Dick.
Forrest looks oddly at John Lennon.
Forrest: (voice-over) Some years later, that nice young man from England was on his way home to see his little boy and was signing some autographs. For no particular reason at all, somebody shot him.
EXT. STUDIO - LATER
A guard lets Forrest out a side entrance door. Forrest steps, an then
stops as he hears s man sitting in a wheelchair speak to him.
Lt. Dan: They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor. Forrest: Now that's Lieutenant Dan. Lieutenant Dan!
Forrest looks at Lt. Dan. He is a dirty with long hair.
Lt. Dan: They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor! Forrest: Yes sir, they sure did. Lt. Dan: They gave you an imbecile, a moron who goes on television and makes a fool out himself in front of the whole damn country, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Forrest: Yes, sir. Lt. Dan: Well, then, that's just perfect! Yeah, well I just got one thing to say to that. Goddamn bless America.
Lt. Dan’s wheelchair begins to slide down the ramp and spins around on
the icy ground. Forrest looks down at Lt. Dan crashes at the bottom of
Forrest: Lieutenant Dan!
EXT. NEW YORK CITY STREETS - NIGHT
Taxi cabs crowd the street as Forrest pushes Lt. Dan along the sidewalk.
Forrest: (voice-over) Lieutenant Dan said he was living in a hotel. And because he didn't have no legs, he spent most of his time exercising his arms. Lt. Dan: Take a right, take a right.
A taxi driver honks his horn as Forrest wheels Lt. Dan out in front of
Taxi Driver: Hey! Come on already!
Lt. Dan: Ah!
Forrest: What are you doing here in New York, Lieutenant Dan?
Lt. Dan: I’m living off the government tit. Sucking it dry.
A taxi skids to a stop, almost hitting them as they cross the street. The
taxi honks at Lt. Dan. Lt. Dan slaps the bumper of the taxi.
Lt. Dan: Hey! Hey! Hey! Are you blind? I'm walking here! Ah, get out...
Taxi Driver: Why don’t you go home before you kill yourself? Get out of
#2 the way!
Lt. Dan: Come on, go! Go! Go!
EXT. LT. DAN’S HOTEL ROOM - LATER
A Bob Hope Christmas special in Vietnam on television.
Lt. Dan and Forrest watch the television.
Forrest: (voice-over) I stayed with Lieutenant Dan and celebrated the holidays. Bob Hope: You have a great year and hurry home. God bless you. Lt. Dan: Have you found Jesus yet, Gump? Forrest: I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.
Lt. Dan chuckles, drinks the rest of a bottle of wine and tosses it down.
He looks at Forrest. He wheels himself over to television and turns it
Lt. Dan: That's all these cripples, down at the V.A., that's all they ever talk about.
Lt. Dan picks up another bottle of port wine, but it is empty. He tosses
it onto the floor.
Lt. Dan: Jesus this and Jesus that. Have I found Jesus? They even had a priest come and talk to me. He said God is listening, but I have to help myself. Now, if I accept Jesus into my heart, I'll get to walk beside him in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Lt. Dan tosses the empty liquor bottle down and picks another bottle. He
becomes enraged as he throws the bottle and looks at Forrest.
Lt. Dan: Did you hear what I said? Walk beside him in the Kingdom of Heaven. Well, kiss my crippled ass. God is listening. What a crock of shit. Forrest: I'm going to heaven, Lieutenant Dan. Lt. Dan: Huh? Ah, well, before you go, why don't you get your ass down to the corner and get us another bottle of wine. Forrest: Yes, sir.
INT. TIMES SQUARE BAR - NIGHT
A television shows DICK CLARK as he emcees the Times Square New York Eve
Dick Clark: We are at approximately 45th Street in New York City at One Astor Plaza. This is the site of the old Astor Hotel. Down below us, well over a hundred thousand people are milling about, cheering with horns and whistles and hats... Lt. Dan: What the hell's in Bayou La Batre? Forrest: Shrimpin' boats. Lt. Dan: Shrimpin' boats? Who gives a shit about shrimpin' boats? Forrest: I gotta buy me one of them shrimpin' boats as soon as I have some money. I make me a promise to Bubba in Vietnam, that as soon as the war was over, we'd go in partners. He'd be the captain of the shrimpin' boat and I'd be his first mate. But now that he's dead, that means that I gotta be the captain. Lt. Dan: A shrimp boat captain. Forrest: Yes, sir. A promise is a promise, Lieutenant Dan. Lt. Dan: Now hear this! Private Gump here is gonna be a shrimp boat captain. Well, I tell you what, Gilligan, the day that you are a shrimp boat captain, I will come and be your first mate. Forrest: Okay. Lt. Dan: If you're ever a shrimp boat captain, that's the day I'm an astronaut.
Two sleazy women, named LENORE and CARLA, walk up to Lt. Dan.
Lenore: Danny, what are you complaining about? Carla: What are you doing, huh? Lenore: Mr. Hot Wheels. Who's your friend? Forrest: My name is Forrest, Forrest Gump. Lt. Dan: This is Cunning Carla, and Long-Limbs Lenore.
Carla puts a “Happy New Year” crown on Lt. Dan’s head. Lenore fixes her
Carla: So where you been, baby-cakes, huh? Haven't seen you around lately. You know, you should have been here for Christmas 'cause Tommy bought a round on the house and gave everybody a turkey sandwich. Lt. Dan: Well, well, I had, uh, company. Lenore: Hey, hey! We was, we was just there. That's at Times Square.
Lenore leans and speaks into Forrest’s ear.
Lenore: Don't you just love New Year's? You get to start all over. Carla: Hey, Lenore. Lenore: Everybody gets a second chance. Forrest: (voice-over) It's funny, but in the middle of all that fun, I began to think about Jenny. Dick Clark: (on television) ... getting wild out there. It's beginning to...
INT. APARTMENT/L.A. - NIGHT
The New Year’s Eve celebration over the T.V.
Dick Clark: (over television) ... pour here in Times Square. It's been off-and-on all night, but these people hang in there.
Jenny fills her bag with her belongings.
Forrest: (voice-over) Wondering how she was spending her New Year's night out in California.
A man lies passed out on the bed. Jenny looks at her black eye in a
mirror, then leaves the apartment. The TV shows the ball in Times Square.
Crowd: (over television) 9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...
INT. TIMES SQUARE BAR - NIGHT
The ball is lowered, lighting up a sign that reads “1972.”
Crowd: (over television) ...1! Happy New Year!
The people in the bar cheer and kiss each other. They blow horns and toss
confetti into the air. Forrest looks around as Carla and Lenore lean over
and kiss him.
Patrons: (sing) "Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind... Forrest: Happy New Year, Lieutenant Dan! Patrons: (sing) Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne."
INT. LT. DAN’S HOTEL ROOM - LATER
Carla removes her top and sits on top of Dan in his wheelchair. They kiss
and play around. Forrest sits in a chair. Lenore leaps on him and begins
to kiss Forrest. She reaches down to Forrest’s crotch. Forrest stands up
nervously, causing Lenore to fall down on the floor. Lenore stands up,
Lenore: What are you, stupid or something? What's your problem? What's his problem? Did you lose your pecker in the war or something? Carla: What, is your friend stupid or something? Lt. Dan: What did you say? Carla: I said, is your friend stupid or something? Lt. Dan: Hey! Don't call him stupid!
Lt. Dan throws Carla back onto the bed.
Carla: Don't push me like that! Lenore: Hey, don't you push her! Lt. Dan: You shut up! Don't you ever call him stupid! Carla: What's the matter, baby? Why you treating me like shit? Lt. Dan: Get the hell out of here! Lenore: You stupid gimp. You belong in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not." Lt. Dan: Get the hell out of here! Go on! Lenore: You should be in a side show! Lt. Dan: Go on! Get out of here! Get out of here! Lenore: You big loser! Carla: Come on, Lenore. We don't need this shit! Lenore: You're so pathetic. Lt. Dan: Get out of here!
Lt. Dan falls out of his wheelchair and lands down on the floor.
Carla and Lenore laugh as they leave the apartment.
Carla: You retard! Lenore: You loser! You freak!
Forrest tries to help Lt. Dan. Lt. Dan pushes Forrest away.
Lt. Dan: No!
Forrest steps back as Lt. Dan flips back over, then pulls himself back up
onto his wheelchair. He breathes heavily.
Forrest: I'm sorry I ruined your New Year's Eve party, Lieutenant Dan. She tastes like cigarettes. Forrest: (voice-over) I guess Lieutenant Dan figured there's some things you just can't change. He didn't want to be called crippled, just like I didn't want to be called stupid. Lt. Dan: Happy New Year.
EXT. WHITE HOUSE - NIGHT
An ANCHORMAN reports in front of the White House.
Anchorman: The U.S. Ping-Pong Team met with President Nixon today at an Oval Office ceremony... Forrest: (voice-over) And wouldn't you know it...
PRESENT - BUS STOP
Forrest looks at the fat man on the bus bench.
Forrest: ... a few months later they invited me and the ping-pong team to visit the White House. So I went again. And I met the President of the United States again.
INT. WHITE HOUSE - DAY
A plaque, presented to Forrest, reads “Presented to Forrest Gump, member
of the United States table tennis team as player of the year for 1971.
President NIXON holds the plaque.
Forrest: (voice-over) Only this time they didn't get us rooms in a real fancy hotel. President: So are you enjoying yourself in our national capital, Nixon young man? Forrest: Yes, sir. President: Well, where are you staying? Nixon Forrest: It's called the Hotel Ebbott. President: Oh, no, no, no, no. I know of a much nicer hotel. It's Nixon brand-new. Very modern. I'll have my people take care of it for you.
INT. WATERGATE HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
Forrest speaks on the phone.
Security: Security, Frank Wills. Guard
Forrest steps over to a window. Flashlights are moving around in an
office across from Forrest’s room.
Forrest: Yeah, sir, you might want to send a maintenance man over to that office across the way. The lights are off, and they must be looking for the fuse box or something, 'cause them flashlights they're, they're keeping me awake. Security: Okay, sir. I'll check it out. Guard Forrest: Thank you. Security: No problem. Guard Forrest: Good night Security: Good night. Guard
Forrest hangs up the phone. The camera tilts down, revealing the hotel
stationary, which reads “The Watergate Hotel.”
INT. GYMNASIUM - DAY
President Nixon makes a resignation speech on TV.
President: (over television) Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency Nixon effective at noon tomorrow.
The television cuts to a shot of President Nixon standing outside Air
Force One with his hands in the peace sign.
President: (over television) Vice President Ford will be sworn in as Nixon President at that hour in this office. As I recall the high hopes for America with which we began this second term, I feel a great sadness that I will not be here in this office...
Forrest is playing ping-pong by himself at the gymnasium. An officer
steps up to him.
Officer: Sergeant Gump! Forrest: Yes, sir! Officer: As you were. I have your discharge papers. Your service is up, son.
The officer hands Forrest an envelope, then walks away.
Forrest: Does this mean I can't play ping-pong no more? Officer: For the Army it does. Forrest: (voice-over) And just like that, my service in the United States Army was over. So I went home.
Forrest takes his paddle and runs out of the gymnasium.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY
Mrs. Gump walks out of the house and smiles. Forrest walks up to the
house, wearing his uniform.
Forrest: I'm home, Momma. Mrs. Gump: I know, I know.
INT. GUMP HOUSE
Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk into the house.
Mrs. Gump: Louise, he's here. He's here, everybody. Forrest: (voice-over) Now, when I got home, I had no idea that Momma had had all sorts of visitors.
In the house are stacks of ping-pong paddles and life-sized cardboard
cutouts of Forrest playing ping-pong. The name on the ping-pong paddles
boxes reads: “Gump-Mao table tennis.”
Mrs. Gump: We've had all sorts of visitors, Forrest. Everybody wants you to use their ping-pong stuff. One man even left a check for twenty-five thousand dollars if you'd be agreeable to saying you like using their paddle. Forrest: Oh, Momma. I only like using my own paddle. Hi, Miss Louise. Louise: Hey, Forrest. Mrs. Gump: I know that. I know that. But it's twenty-five thousand dollars, Forrest. I thought maybe you could hold it for a while, see if it grows on you. Oh, you look good, Forrest. You look real good. Forrest: (voice-over) That Momma, she sure was right. It's funny how things work out.
EXT. BAYOU LA BATRE/BUBBA’S MOM’S HOUSE - DAY
Forrest walks up to a shack on the edge of the Bayou. A group of black
kids play in the front yard.
Forrest: (voice-over) I didn't stay home for long, because I'd made a promise to Bubba. And I always try to keep my promise. So I went on down to Bayou La Batre to meet Bubba's family and make their introduction.
Bubba’s mother named MRS. BLUE and her other children look at Forrest.
Mrs. Blue: Are you crazy, or just plain stupid? Forrest: Stupid is as stupid does, Mrs. Blue. Mrs. Blue: I guess.
EXT. BUBBA’S GRAVE - DAY
Forrest steps over to Bubba’s tombstone.
Forrest: (voice-over) And of course, I paid my respect to Bubba himself. Forrest: Hey, Bubba, it's me, Forrest Gump. I remember everything you said, and I got it all figured out.
Forrest pulls out notes from his pocket.
Forrest: I'm taking the twenty-four thousand, five hundred and six-two dollars and forty-seven cents that I got...
EXT. BAYOU - DAY
Forrest walks across a yard where men are cleaning shrimp.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... well, that's left after a new hair cut and a new suit and I took Momma out to real fancy dinner and I bought a bus ticket and three Doctor Peppers.
Forrest walks along a wooden pier.
Forrest pays an old black shrimper a large wad of cash.
Old Shrimper: Tell me something. Are you stupid or something?
Forrest: Stupid is as stupid does, sir.
EXT. BUBBA’S GRAVE
Forrest stands at the grave.
Forrest: Well, that's what's left after me saying, "When I was in China on the All-America Ping-Pong Team, I just loved playing ping-pong with my Flex-O-Ping-Pong Paddle." Which everybody knows it isn't true, but Momma says it's just a little white lie so it wouldn't hurt nobody. So, anyway, I'm putting all that on gas, ropes and new nets and a brand-new shrimpin' boat.
EXT. BAYOU - DAY
Forrest steers his shrimping boat. The boat is old and rusty.
Forrest unleashes his nets as his catch of the day drops to the deck. It
is a bunch of garbage and shells. Forrest picks up one shrimp.
Forrest: (voice-over) Now, Bubba had told me everything he knows about shrimpin', but you know what I found out? Shrimpin' is tough.
Forrest pulls a couple of shrimp out of a bucket.
Forrest: I only caught five.
Old Shrimper: A couple of more, you can have yourself a cocktail.
The old shrimper begins to walk away, then stops and looks at Forrest.
Old Shrimper: Hey, you ever think about namin’ this old boat?
Forrest: (voice-over) I’d never named a boat before, but there was
only one I could think of.
Forrest paints a name on the side of his boat. The name is “Jenny.”
Forrest: (voice-over) The most beautiful name in the wide world.
Disco lights flash and people dance. A guy asks a girl to dance.
Jenny sits at a table with some other people. She is snorting cocaine.
Forrest: (voice-over) Now, I hadn't heard from Jenny in a long while. But...
EXT. BAYOU LA BATRE - DAY
Forrest stands at the helm as the boat glides across the water.
Forrest: (voice-over) But I thought about her a lot. And I hoped that whatever she was doing made her happy.
INT. APARTMENT - NIGHT
Drug paraphernalia and a large wad of cash are spread out on a table. A
man drops a syringe on the table. He reaches over and touches Jenny. She
is pale with dark lines under her eyes.
Jenny smears some lines of cocaine on a mirror. She looks at herself in
Jenny steps out onto the high-rise balcony. She steps up on a table and
stands on the edge of the balcony. A busy street lies many stories below.
Jenny looks down to the intersection below. She slips over the edge,
regains her balance, turns and looks back at the intersection below, and
begins to get down from the edge.
Jenny grabs a hold of the ledge and carefully climbs down. She sits down
on a chair. Jenny rocks back and forth as she cries. She looks up at the
EXT. BAYOU LA BATRE/FORREST’S BOAT - NIGHT
The moon shines above in the sky. Forrest lies in a hammock on his boat.
Forrest: (voice-over) I thought about Jenny all the time.
EXT. FORREST’S BOAT/BAYOU DOCK - DAY
Forrest stands at the helm of his boat and slowly glides by the docks.
Forrest looks around and notices something and bends down to get a clear
Lt. Dan sits in his wheelchair on the deck.
Forrest looks at Lt. Dan. He smiles, surprised.
Forrest leaps off of his moving boat and into the water. The boat
continues as Forrest clumsily swims.
Lt. Dan sits in his wheelchair at the edge of the dock. Forrest flails
his arms as he swims up to the dock. Lt. Dan waits for Forrest, smoking a
cigar. Forrest climbs up a ladder onto the dock.
Forrest: Lieutenant Dan, what are you doing here? Lt. Dan: Well, I thought I'd try out my sea legs. Forrest: Well, you ain't got no legs, Lieutenant Dan. Lt. Dan: Well, well, Captain Forrest Gump. I had to see this for myself. And I told you if you were ever a shrimp boat captain, that I'd be your first mate. Well, here I am. I am a man of my word. Forrest: Okay.
Forrest shakes Lt. Dan’s hand.
Lt. Dan: Yeah, but don't you be thinking that I'm gonna be calling you sir. Forrest: No, sir.
Forrest’s boat glides, crushing a dock. Forrest and Lt. Dan look at it.
Forrest: That's my boat.
EXT. BAYOU LA BATRE WATERS - DAY
Forrest’s shrimping boat is alone on the gulf waters.
Lt. Dan: I have a feeling if we head the east, we'll find some shrimp. So, take a left. Take a left.
Forrest looks up. Lt. Dan is sitting in the rigging.
Forrest: Which way? Lt. Dan: Over there! They're over there! Get, get on the wheel and take a left! Forrest: Okay. Lt. Dan: Gump, what are you doing? Take a left! Left! That's where we're gonna find those shrimp, my boy! That's where we'll find 'em.
Forrest empties the net. Their “catch” is debris that falls to the deck.
Forrest: Still no shrimp, Lieutenant Dan. Lt. Dan: Okay, so I was wrong. Forrest: Well, how we gonna find them? Lt. Dan: Well, maybe you should just pray for shrimp.
INT. SMALL CHURCH - DAY
The all-black gospel choir sings and claps their hands.
Forrest: (voice-over) So I went to church every Sunday...
Lt. Dan is sitting in his chair at the back of the church. He takes
swings from a liquor bottle.
Forrest: (voice-over) Sometimes Lieutenant Dan came, too. Though I think he left the praying up to me.
EXT. BOAT - ANOTHER DAY
A catch of junk is dumped onto the deck. Lt. Dan lowers himself from the
Forrest: No shrimp. Lt. Dan: Where the hell's this God of yours?
The wind begins to blow strong.
Forrest: (voice-over) It's funny Lieutenant Dan said that, 'cause right then, God showed up.
EXT. BOAT - NIGHT
Water sprays on deck during a hurricane. Lt. Dan on the rigging, shouts
and shakes his fist as he is pelted by wind and rain.
Lt. Dan: You'll never sink this boat! Forrest: (voice-over) Now me, I was scared. But Lieutenant Dan, he was mad. Lt. Dan: Come on! You call this a storm?
Forrest slides back and forth as he attempts to steer the boat.
Lt. Dan: Blow, you son-of-a-bitch! Blow! It's time for a showdown! You and me. I'm right here. Come and get me! You'll never sink this boat!
INT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY
An ANCHORMAN over TV, is standing in front of a pier.
Anchorman: (over-television) Hurricane Carmen came through here yesterday...
EXT. BAYOU DOCKS - DAY
The anchorman is standing in front of the ruined pier and boats.
Anchorman: ... destroying nearly everything in its path. And as in other towns up and down the coast, Bayou La Batre's entire shrimping industry...
INT. GUMP HOUSE
Anchorman: ... has fallen victim to Carmen and has been left in utter ruin. Speaking with local officials, this reporter has learned, in fact, only one shrimping boat actually survived the storm.
Forrest’s boat comes down the river.
Mrs. Gump: Louise. Louise, there's Forrest! Forrest: (voice-over) After that, shrimpin' was easy.
FORREST’S BOAT - DAY
Lt. Dan and Forrest empty their net. A huge catch of shrimp falls onto
Lt. Dan opens another big catch.
Another catch drops open on top of yet another huge catch. Forrest and
Lt. Dan smile.
Forrest: (voice-over) And since people still needed them shrimps for shrimp cocktails and barbecues and all...
EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT
The man sitting on the bench listens to Forrest. An ELDERLY WOMAN sits
next to the man.
Forrest: ... and we were the only boat left standing "Bubba-Gump" shrimp's what they got. We got a whole bunch of boats. Twelve Jenny's, a big ol' warehouse, we even have hats that says "Bubba-Gump" on 'em. "Bubba-Gump Shrimp." It's a household name. Man: Hold on there, boy. Are you telling me you're the owner of the Bubba-Gump Shrimp Corporation? Forrest: Yes, sir. We've got more money than Davy Crocket. Man: Boy, I've heard some whoppers in my time, but that tops them all. We was sitting next to a millionaire!
The man laughs as he walks away.
Elderly Woman: Well, I thought it was a very lovely story. And you tell
it so well. With such enthusiasm.
Forrest: Would you like to see what Lieutenant Dan looks like?
Elderly Woman: Well, yes, I would!
Forrest shows her the cover of a “Fortune” magazine with Forrest and Lt.
Dan on the cover.
Forrest: That's him right there.
The elderly woman looks at the magazine and at Forrest with surprise.
Forrest: And let me tell you something about Lieutenant Dan.
EXT. BOAT/DECK - DAY
Forrest and Lt. Dan are working on the boat.
Lt. Dan: Forrest, I never thanked you for saving my life.
Forrest looks a little surprised. Lt. Dan smiles, then looks away. Lt.
Dan pulls himself out of his chair to the railing and jumps into the
Forrest: (voice-over) He never actually said so, but I think he made his peach with God.
Forrest and Lt. Dan have dinner on the deck. The television shows an
assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford.
Anchorman: (over television) For the second time in seventeen days, President Ford escaped possible assassination today when a woman, Sarah Jane Moore, fired on him as he stepped out of a hotel in San Francisco. Margo: (over radio) Base to Jenny One. Base to Jenny One. Lt. Dan: Jenny One, go Margo. Margo: (over radio) Forrest has a phone call. Lt. Dan: Yeah, well you'll have to tell them to call him back. He is indisposed at the moment. Margo: (over radio) His momma's sick. Anchorman: (over television) Lynett Alice Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson better known as "Squeaky," attempted to assassinate the President as he was...
Forrest dives into the water as he reacts.
EXT. ROAD/GUMP HOUSE - DAY
Forrest carries a suitcase as he runs down the road. Forrest runs past
the row of mailboxes and turns into the drive.
Louise and others are on the front porch.
Forrest: Where's Momma? Louise: She's upstairs.
INT. GUMP HOUSE - WOMAN’S BED ROOM
Forrest opens the door, the doctor stands next to Mrs. Gump in bed.
Mrs. Gump: Hi, Forrest. Doctor: I'll see you tomorrow. Mrs. Gump: Oh, all right.
The doctor looks down at Forrest’s legs.
Doctor: We sure got you straightened out, didn't we, boy?
The doctor leaves and closes the door. Forrest takes off his hat and
steps over to her.
Forrest: What's the matter, Momma? Mrs. Gump: I'm dyin', Forrest. Come on in, sit down over here. Forrest: Why are you dyin', Momma? Mrs. Gump: It's my time. It's just my time. Oh, now, don't you be afraid, sweetheart. Death is just a part of life. It's something we're all destined to do. I didn't know it, but I was destined to be your momma. I did the best I could. Forrest: You did good, Momma. Mrs. Gump: Well, I happened to believe you make your own destiny. You have to do the best with what God gave you. Forrest: What's my destiny, Momma? Mrs. Gump: You're gonna have to figure that out for yourself. Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get. Forrest: (voice-over) Momma always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them. Mrs. Gump: I will miss you, Forrest. Forrest: (voice-over) She had got the cancer and died on a Tuesday. I bought her a new hat with little flowers on it.
EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT
The elderly woman and Forrest sit. The woman is crying and wipes her eyes
with a hankie.
Forrest: And that's all I have to say about that.
A bus stops. Forrest looks at the elderly woman.
Forrest: Didn't you say you were waiting for the Number Seven bus?
Elderly Woman: There’ll be another one along shortly.
Forrest: Now, because I had been a football star, and a war hero,
and a national celebrity, and a shrimpin’ boat captain,
and a college graduate, the city of fathers of Greenbow,
Alabama, decided to get together and offered me a fine
EXT. FOOTBALL FIELD - DAY
Forrest rides a lawn tractor as he moves the football field lawn.
Forrest: (voice-over) So, I never went back to work for Lieutenant Dan.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE MAILBOXES
Forrest takes out a letter and opens it.
Forrest: (voice-over) Though he did take care of my Bubba-Gump money. He got me invested in some kind of fruit company. And so then I got a call from him saying we don't have to worry about money no more.
EXT. BUS STOP
Forrest: And I said, "That's good. One less thing."
INT. CHURCH - DAY
The choir and members are singing.
Forrest: (voice-over) Now, Momma said there's only so much fortune a man really needs...
The sign reads: “Four Square Baptist Church.” A new cross is placed on
the steeple. New furniture is taken inside.
Reverend: Praise the Lord. Forrest: (voice-over) ... and the rest is just for showing off. So, I gave a whole bunch of it to the Four Square Gospel Church.
EXT. HOSPITAL - DAY
The sign reads: “Gump Medical Center Bayou La Batre, Alabama.” The
Forrest: (voice-over) And I gave a whole bunch to the Bayou La Batre Fishing Hospital.
EXT. BUBBA’S MOM’S HOUSE
A postman delivers a letter to Bubba’s mom. She opens the letter.
Forrest: (voice-over) And even though Bubba was dead, and Lieutenant Dan said I was nuts. I gave Bubba's mommy Bubba's share.
She is surrounded by her many children. She looks at the check and
EXT. BUS STOP
Forrest: And you know what...
INT. FLORIDA CONDO
A door opens as a white woman serves Bubba’s mom some shrimp.
Forrest: (voice-over) She didn't have to work in nobody's kitchen no more. Mrs. Blue: Smells wonderful!
EXT. FOOTBALL FIELD
Forrest rides the mower.
Forrest: (voice-over) And 'cause I was godzillionaire and I liked doing it so much. I cut that grass for free.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE BALCONY - NIGHT
Forrest looks down the road as he steps onto the porch.
Forrest: (voice-over) But at nighttime, when there was nothing to do and the house was all empty, I'd always think of Jenny.
Jenny’s image walks, then vanishes.
Forrest looks away. He turns and walks into the house.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY
Jenny walks across the lawn to Forrest.
Forrest: (voice-over) And then, she was there. Jenny: Hello, Forrest. Forrest: Hello, Jenny. Forrest: (voice-over) Jenny came back and stayed with me.
INT. GUMP HOUSE
Jenny lies asleep in bed.
Forrest: (voice-over) Maybe it was because she had nowhere else to go. Or maybe it was because she was so tired, because she went to bed and slept and slept like she hadn't slept in years. It was wonderful having her home.
EXT. COUNTRYSIDE - DAY
Forrest and Jenny walking.
Forrest: (voice-over) Every day we'd take a walk, and I'd jabber on like a monkey in a tree. And she'd listen about ping-pong and shrimpin' boat and Momma makin' a trip to heaven. I did all the talkin'. Jenny most of the time was real quiet. Forrest: ... big ol' gobs of rain and little bitty stinging rain and rain...
Jenny’s old house stands at the end of the dirt road. It appears to be
deserted. Jenny walks toward the house and stops. She stares at the
house. Forrest walks toward Jenny. Jenny suddenly heaves a rock angrily
at the house. She throws other things at the house.
Jenny: How could you do this?
She breaks a window. Jenny collapses to the ground and sobs. Forrest
knees down next to her.
Forrest: (voice-over) Sometimes I guess there just aren't enough rocks.
EXT. OLD OAK TREE - DAY
Jenny and Forrest sit on a limb together.
Forrest: (voice-over) I never really knew why she came back, but I didn't care. It was like olden times. We was like peas and carrots again.
INT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY
Jenny sits by the vase of flowers and look out the window.
Forrest: (voice-over) Every day I'd pick pretty flowers and put them in her room for her.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY
Forrest closes his eyes as he sits on the porch. Jenny places a box of
Nike running shoes in his lap.
Forrest: (voice-over) And she gave me the best gift anyone could ever get in the wide world. Jenny: Okay, you can open your eyes. Forrest: New shoes. Jenny: They make them just for running.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT
Through the windows, Forrest and Jenny are dancing as it rains outside.
Forrest: (voice-over) And she even showed me how to dance. And, well, we was like family... Jenny and me.
EXT. RIVER - NIGHT
Jenny and Forrest sit on a log together and look at the river. Jenny
places her arms around Forrest.
Forrest: (voice-over) And it was the happiest time of my life.
The fireworks explode in the sky.
INT. GUMP’S HOUSE - NIGHT
The Statue of Liberty is shown on the TV. Fireworks go off. Forrest and
Jenny are watching the 4th of July celebration on TV.
Announcer: (over television) And this Fourth is witnessing one of the largest fireworks displays in the nation's two-hundred year history... Jenny: You done watching it? Forrest: Mm-hmm. Announcer: (over television) ... here in New York Harbor. After the spectacular display of tall ships earlier, the Statue of Liberty...
Jenny stands up and kisses Forrest on the cheek.
Jenny: I'm going to bed.
Jenny turns off the TV and walks outside. Forrest stands as he puts down
his Dr. Pepper.
Jenny walks toward the stairs.
Forrest: Will you marry me? I'd make a good husband, Jenny. Jenny: You would, Forrest. Forrest: But you won't marry me. Jenny: You don't wan to marry me. Forrest: Why don't you love me, Jenny? I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is.
Forrest turns and walks toward the door.
Jenny turns and walks up the stairs.
Forrest stands outside.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT
The house stands in the rain.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT
Forrest lies in his bed as the door opens. Jenny gets into bed next to
Forrest: Jenny? Jenny: Forest, I do love you.
Jenny and Forrest kiss. Jenny takes off her nightgown as they make love.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE - MORNING
Jenny carries her purse and walks toward a waiting cab.
Cab Driver: Where are you running off to? Jenny: I'm not running.
INT. GUMP HOUSE
The cab drives away as Forrest is asleep in his bed.
The Congressional Medal lies on a table by a ping-pong paddle. Forrest
holds a glass of milk and wears his bathrobe. He looks at the medal he
had give to Jenny.
Jenny’s bed is made. Forrest stands in the doorway looking at the room
and bed where Jenny had been.
EXT. FRONT PORCH - DAY
Forrest sit on a rocking chair with his running shoes on. He is still, as
if in a trance. He slowly puts on his Bubba-Gump cap. Forrest stands. He
walks off the porch. He begins to job across the lawn. His speed
increases as he runs farther away. Forrest runs down the drive away from
Forrest: (voice-over) That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.
Forrest runs to the end of the drive, then turns right and runs down the
Forrest: (voice-over) So I ran to the end of the road, and when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town.
INT. BARBER SHOP - DAY
The three men sit as they watch the television. Forrest runs through the
main street of town.
Newscaster: President Carter, suffering from heat exhaustion fell into the arms of security agents. Forrest: (voice-over) And when I got there...
EXT. ALABAMA ROAD
The sign reads “Entering Greenbow County.”
Forrest: (voice-over) ... I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great...
Forrest runs by a sign that reads “Mississippi welcomes you. The Magnolia
Forrest: (voice-over) ... state of Alabama. And that's what I did I ran clear across Alabama.
EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT
Forrest: For no particular reason, I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean.
EXT. SANTA MONICA - DAY
The sign reads “Santa Monica yacht harbor sports fishing - boating -
cafes.” Forrest runs under the sign and onto the pier.
Forrest: (voice-over) And when I got there, I figured since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going.
EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN
Forrest runs to a pier at the Atlantic Ocean.
Forrest: (voice-over) When I got to another ocean, I figured since I've gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.
Forrest runs across the pier. A lighthouse stands at the end of the pier.
Forrest: (voice-over) When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate.
EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT
Forrest: When I had to go, you know, I went.
Elderly Woman: And so, you just ran?
Forrest is running along the highway.
Forrest runs down a road between field of wheat.
A Mountain river. Forrest runs across a cobble-stone bridge. The Rocky
Mountains are behind him in distance.
Forrest runs through some meadowland. Split rail fences line the road.
Forrest: (voice-over) I'd think a lot about Momma and Bubba, and Lieutenant Dan, but most of all, I thought about Jenny. I thought about her a lot.
EXT. BARBER SHOP
The three men in the barber shop watch the news on television.
Newscaster: For more than two years now, a man named Forrest Gump, a gardener from Greenbow, Alabama, stopping only to sleep, has been running across America.
INT. COFFEE SHOP
Jenny fills customer’s coffee cups.
Newscaster: Charles Cooper brings us this report. Newsman: For the fourth time on his journey across America, Forrest Gump, a gardener from Greenbow, Alabama, is about to cross the Mississippi River again today.
The TV shows Forrest runs across a bridge that reads “Mississippi River.”
Jenny: I'll be damned. Forrest...
EXT. MISSISSIPPI BRIDGE
Newsman: Sir, why are you running?
1st Reporter: Why are you running?
2nd Reporter: Are you doing this for world peace?
3rd Reporter: Are you doing this for women’s right?
Newsman: Or for the environment?
Reporter: Or for animals?
3rd Reporter: Or for nuclear arms?
Forrest: (voice-over) They just couldn’t believe that somebody
would do all that running for no particular reason.
2nd Reporter: Why are you doing this?
Forrest: I just felt like running.
EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT
Forrest: I just left like running.
EXT. SMALL EASTERN TOWN
Forrest runs as a YOUNG MAN runs up to him.
Young Man: It's you. I can't believe it's really you.
EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT
Forrest: Now, for some reason what I was doing seemed to make sense to people.
EXT. SMALL EASTERN TOWN
The young man jobs behind Forrest.
Young Man: I mean, it was like an alarm went off in my head, you know. I said, here's a guy that's got his act together. Here's somebody who's got it, all figured out. Here's somebody who has the answer. I'll follow you anywhere, Mr. Gump. Forrest: (voice-over) So, I got company.
Forrest runs up a slope on a high mountain road. A group of people are
jogging behind him.
Forrest: (voice-over) And after that I got more company. And then...
A large group jogs behind Forrest across the desert road.
Forrest: (voice-over) ... even more people joined in. Somebody later told me...
EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT
Forrest: ... it gave people hope. Now... Now, I don't know anything about that, but...
Forrest and his followers job through a small town. A man runs up and
talks to Forrest.
Forrest: (voice-over) Some of those people asked me if I could help them out.
Aging Hippie: Hey, man, hey, listen. I was wondering if you might help
me, huh? Listen, I’m in the bumper sticker business and
I’ve been trying to think up a good slogan. And since you
have been such a big inspiration to the people around
here, I thought you might be able to help me jump into…
Whoa! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dogshit!
The hippie jumps over the “dogshit” as he runs along Forrest.
Forrest: It happens.
Aging Hippie: What, shit?
The hippie stops to ponder this profound thought.
Forrest: (voice-over) And some years later I heard that fella did come up with a bumper sticker slogan...
A bumper sticker reads “Shit Happens.”
Forrest: (voice-over) ... and he make a lot of money off of it.
The truck with the bumper sticker drives into an intersection. It
collides with a car.
EXT. TRUCK STOP
Forrest runs, followed by his group, as a man runs up to him.
Forrest: (voice-over) Another time I was running along, somebody who had lost all his money in the T-shirt business, and he wanted to put my face on a T-shirt, but he couldn't draw that well and he didn't have a camera.
Wild-Eyed Man: I think it would be really fortunate for me if I could get
your name on these, oh, your face and name on these
T-shirts. It would be wonderful.
A truck splashes mud onto Forrest as it goes by. The man hands Forrest a
yellow T-shirt to use as a rag to wipe the mud off.
Wild-Eyed Man: Here, use this one. Nobody likes that color anyway.
Forrest wipes his face on the towel and hands it back to the man.
Forrest: Have a nice day.
The man looks at the T-shirt. He holds it up displaying the “Happy Face.”
Forrest: (voice-over) And some years later I found out that that man did come up with a idea for a T-shirt and he made a lot of money off of it.
EXT. MONUMENT VALLEY
Forrest runs with a group that follows behind him.
Forrest: (voice-over) Anyway, like I was saying, I had a lot of company. My Momma always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that's what my running was all about. I had run for three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours.
Forrest stops running. The group stops behind him.
Forrest stands and looks as the group waits expectantly. Forrest turns
Young Man: Quiet. Quiet, he's gonna say something. Forrest: I'm pretty tired. I think I'll go home now.
Forrest walks toward the group. The group parts for Forrest as he walks
down the middle of the road.
Young Man: Now what are we supposed to do? Forrest: (voice-over) And just like that, my running days was over. So, I went home to Alabama.
A television shows President Reagan and his staff as they react to
gunshots in front of a limo.
Newscaster: (over television) Moments ago, at two twenty-five p.m., as President Reagan was leaving the Washington Hilton Hotel...
INT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY
Forrest sits eating a sandwich, watching the news of the assassination
Newscaster: ... five or six gunshots were fired by an unknown would-be assassin. The President was shot in the chest and the assailant was immediately tackled by a half a dozen lawmen. As the Presidential... Louise: I picked up the mail. Forrest: Oh, thank you, Miss, Miss Louise. Forrest: (voice-over) One day, out of the blue clear sky, I got a letter from Jenny...
EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT
Forrest takes the letter out of his pocket.
Forrest: ... wondering if I could come down to Savannah to see her, and that's what I'm doing here. She saw me on TV, running, I'm supposed to go on the Number Nine bus to Richmond Street and get off and go one block left to 1-9-4-7 Henry Street, Apartment 4.
The elderly woman looks at the letter.
Elderly Woman: Why, you don’t need to take a bus. Henry Street is just
five or six blocks down that way.
Forrest: Down that way?
Elderly Woman: Down that way.
Forrest hastily grabs his suitcase and letter as he stands.
Forrest: It was nice talking' to you.
Forrest runs, the elderly woman shouts from the bus stop bench. A truck
honks its horn as Forrest runs across the street past the truck.
Elderly Woman: I hope everything works out for you.
INT. JENNY’S APARTMENT - DAY
Jenny opens the door.
Jenny: Hey! Forrest! How you doing? Forrest: Hi. Jenny: Come in. Come in. Forrest: I got your letter. Jenny: Oh, I was wondering about that.
Jenny shuts the door. Forrest looks around.
Forrest: Is this your house? Jenny: Yeah, it's messy right now. I just got off work. Forrest: It's nice. You got air conditioning.
Forrest hands Jenny the box of chocolates.
Forrest: Ah... Jenny: Thank you. Forrest: I ate some.
Jenny picks up a scrapbook and turns the pages.
Jenny: Hey, I kept, I kept a scrapbook of your, of your clippings and everything. There you are. This, I got your running. Forrest: I ran a long way. For a long time. Jenny: There. Listen, Forrest. I don't know how to say this. Um, I just... I want to apologize for anything that I ever did to you, 'cause I was messed up for a long time, and...
There is a knock at the door. LYNN MARIE enters as she opens the door.
Lynn Marie: Yoo-hoo. Jenny: Hey. Lynn Marie: Hi.
Jenny grabs a young boy.
Jenny: Hey, you. This is an old friend from Alabama. Lynn Marie: Oh, how do you do? Jenny: Ah, listen, next week my schedule changes, so I'll be able to... but thanks for picking up. Lynn Marie: No problem. Got to go, Jen. I'm double-parked. Jenny: Okay.
Lynn Marie closes the door and waves bye to Forrest.
Lynn Marie: Bye. Jenny: Thanks. This is very good friend, Mr. Gump. Can you say hi to him? Little Boy: Hello, Mr. Gump. Forrest: Hello. Little Boy: Now, can I go watch TV now? Jenny: Yes, you can. Just keep it low.
The little boy runs into other room and picks up TV remote control.
Forrest: You're a momma, Jenny. Jenny: I'm a momma. His name is Forrest. Forrest: Like me. Jenny: I named him after his Daddy. Forrest: He got a daddy named Forrest, too? Jenny: You're his daddy, Forrest.
Forrest continues to stare at Forrest Jr. Forrest then looks frightened
and starts to back away.
Jenny: Hey, Forrest, look at me. Look at me, Forrest. There's nothing you need to do, okay? You didn't do anything wrong. Okay?
Jenny turns and looks at Forrest Jr. in the other room.
Jenny: Isn't he beautiful? Forrest: He's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. But... is, is he smart, or is he... Jenny: He's very smart. He's one of the smartest in his class.
Forrest breathes deep. He looks at Jenny, then at Forrest Jr.
Jenny: Yeah, it's okay. Go talk to him.
Forrest walks into the room and sits down next to Forrest Jr. “Sesame
Street” is on the TV.
Bert: Oh, great. Ernie: Hey, Bert, can you give me a hand? Bert: A hand? Well, yeah, what do you want, Ernie? Forrest: What are you watching.
Forrest Jr.: Bert and Ernie.
Ernie: Well, it’s the first stage. Bert. It’s planning to write a
story, Bert. I have pencils right here to write with,
Bert. Now, we got, uh, paper. I’ll take that paper, Bert.
See, we have the paper to write on.
EXT. PARK - DAY
Forrest and Jenny sit on a bench. Forrest Jr. swings behind them.
Jenny: Forrest, I'm sick. Forrest: What, do you have a cough due to cold? Jenny: I have some kind virus. And the doctors don't, they don't know what it is. And there isn't anything they can do about it. Forrest: You could come home with me. Jenny, you and little Forrest could come stay at my house in Greenbow. I'll take care of you if you're sick. Jenny: Would you marry me, Forrest? Forrest: Okay.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY
A group has gathered on the lawn for the wedding. Louise walks up to
Minister: Please take your seats. Louise: Forrest, it's time to start.
Jenny walks out of the house. Forrest walks over to greet her. She wears
a white dress. She walks up to Forrest and adjusts his necktie.
Jenny: Hi. Your tie.
Lt. Dan is walking across the lawn. He uses a cane. A WOMAN is walking
next to him.
Forrest: Lieutenant Dan? Lieutenant Dan! Lt. Dan: Hello, Forrest.
Jenny walks over to Forrest and Lt. Dan.
Forrest: You got new legs. New legs! Lt. Dan: Yeah, I got new legs.
Lt. Dan lifts his pant leg to display his metal leg.
Lt. Dan: Custom-made titanium alloy. It's what they use on the space shuttle. Forrest: Magic legs. Lt. Dan: This is my fiancee, Susan. Forrest: Lieutenant Dan!
Susan shakes Forrest’s hand.
Susan: Hi, Forrest. Forrest: Lieutenant Dan, this is my Jenny. Jenny: Hey, it's nice to meet you, finally.
Jenny steps forward and kisses Lt. Dan’s cheek.
The group is seated as they watch Forrest and Jenny take vows on the
front lawn. Forrest Jr. stands next to Jenny.
Minister: Do you, Forrest, take Jenny to be your wife? Do you, Jenny, take Forrest to be your husband? If so, I pronounce you man and wife.
The wind blows fallen leaves across the ground. Jenny, Forrest, and
Forrest Jr. walk toward the house. They all hold hands as they walk.
INT. GUMP HOUSE - MORNING
Forrest steps into Jenny’s bedroom. He carries a tray with breakfast on
Forrest looks at Jenny as she sleeps. Slowly she wakes up and looks at
Forrest: Hey. Jenny: Hey.
Forrest sets the tray down next to Jenny as she sits up in bed. Forrest
opens a window, then sits down next to the bed.
Jenny: Hey, Forrest, were you scared in Vietnam? Forrest: Yes. Well, I, I don't know.
EXT. VIETNAM - FLASHBACK - NIGHT
Forrest looks up into the sky as the rain stops. Forrest removes his
helmet. The stars emerge from behind the clouds.
Forrest: (voice-over) Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out. And then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou...
EXT. BAYOU - FLASHBACK - SUNSET
Forrest stands on his boat and looks at a deep orange and red sunset.
Forrest: (voice-over) There was over a million sparkles on the water. Like that mountain lake.
EXT. MOUNTAIN LAKE - FLASHBACK - DAY
Forrest runs along a highway. A lake reflects the mountains and the sky.
Forrest: (voice-over) It was so clear, Jenny. It looks like there were two skies, one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up...
EXT. DESERT - FLASHBACK - SUNRISE
Forrest runs along a desert highway. The morning light casts an orange
glow over the desert.
Forrest: (voice-over) I couldn't tell where heavens stopped and the earth began. It was so beautiful.
INT. GUMP HOUSE - MORNING
Forrest looks at Jenny. Jenny looks out the window.
Jenny: I wish I could have been there with you. Forrest: You were.
Jenny reaches over and takes Forrest’s hand.
Jenny: I love you. Forrest: (voice-over) You died on a Saturday morning.
EXT. JENNY’S GRAVE AT OLD OAK TREE - DAY
Forrest stands under the old oak tree where Jenny has been buried.
Forrest: And I had you placed here under our tree.
Jenny’s grave marker. Forrest tries to hold back his tears.
Forrest: And I had that house of your father's bulldozed to the ground.
EXT. JENNY’S OLD HOUSE - DAY
Forrest watches as Jenny’s dad’s house is knocked down by a bulldozer.
Forrest: (voice-over) Momma...
EXT. JENNY’S GRAVE
Forrest: ... always said dyin' was a part of life.
Jenny’s grave marker reads:
July 16, 1945 – March 22, 1982
Beloved Mother, Wife and Friend
Forrest: I sure wish it wasn't Little Forrest, he's doing just fine.
INT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT
Forrest Jr. reads a book to Forrest sitting next to him.
Forrest Jr.: (reading) “But he wasn’t quite sure. Everywhere they went,
the new guests…
Forrest: (voice-over) About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner...
EXT. JENNY’S GRAVE
Forrest looks down as he sobs.
Forrest: ... every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping-pong.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT
Forrest tries to teach Forrest Jr. how to play ping-pong.
Forrest: Okay... Forrest: (voice-over) He's really good. Forrest: Forrest, you go.
Forrest Jr. serves the ball, causing Forest dive and miss it.
EXT. GUMP HOUSE/RIVER - DAY
Forrest and Forrest Jr. sit on a log by the river and fish.
Forrest: (voice-over) We fish a lot.
EXT. JENNY’S GRAVE
Forrest looks down at the grave marker.
Forrest: And every night, we read a book. He's so smart, Jenny. You'd be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a latter, and he says I can't read it. I'm not supposed to, so I'll just leave it here for you.
Forrest places the letter down at the grave marker, next to fresh
flowers. The name on the envelope reads: “Mom.” Forrest steps back and
looks down at the grave.
Forrest: Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away.
As Forrest walks away, a flock of birds flies overhead and lands in the
tree. Forrest turns and watches.
EXT. ROAD - MORNING
Forrest walks with Forrest Jr. for the bus. The bus drives toward them.
Forrest: Here's your bus. Okay.
Forrest pulls “Curious George” out of Forrest Jr.’s backpack.
Forrest: Hey, I know this.
Forrest Jr.: I’m gonna show that for show-and-tell because grandma used
to read it to you.
Forrest looks at the book. The feather from the beginning of the movie
drops out of the book, unnoticed.
Forrest: My favorite book.
The bus comes to a stop. The door opens.
Forrest puts the book back into Forrest Jr.’s backpack and hands it to
Forrest: ... okay. Hey, there you go.
Forrest Jr. walks toward the bus. Forrest stands up.
Forrest: Hey, Forrest. Don't... I wanted to tell you I love you.
Forrest Jr.: I love you too, Daddy.
Forrest: I’ll be right here when you get back.
Forrest Jr. looks into the bus and at the bus driver. It is the same bus
driver, only older now, who drove Forrest to school when he was a young
Schoold Bus: You understand this is the bus to school now, don’t you?
Forrest Jr.: Of course, and you’re Dorothy Harris and I’m Forrest Gump.
Forrest Jr. looks over and waves to his father. Forrest nods approvingly.
Forrest Jr. gets on the bus.
The bus pulls away. Forrest stands next to the mailbox.
Forrest sits down. The camera cranes down, revealing the feather as it
lies at Forrest’s feet. A gust of wind picks the feather up. The feather
floats up into the air. Forrest sits at the side of the road. The feather
floats higher into the air. The feather soars up into the sky and travels
up and down, then covers the camera lens.