Through the eyes of Forrest Gump

"I don't know if Mom was right or if Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we all have a fate, or we all swim around like a breeze, but I think maybe both. They may both happen at the same time."

Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)

I didn't see Robert Zemeckis; Forrest Gump when it was shown in the theater. In fact, I don't think his debut, 20 years ago, on July 6, 1994, hit my personal radar much.

I guess that's not surprising. I just vaguely remembered the book it was based on.

I still remember the movie tag: "The world will never be the same once you've seen it in Forrest Gump's eyes." When I finally looked, I had to confess that it was true.

But even though I really enjoyed the movie when I was thinking Forrest Gump You remember the gloomy times of my life.

I taught journalism at the University of Oklahoma, which included teaching the writing lab, and one day in the fall of 1994, I had a conversation with my writing lab students Forrest Gump which was transformed into

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I noted that I thought I was the only one left no and one of my students, Jason, said he hadn't seen it. Jason wasn't the best writer I ever had in one of my lessons, but he was volt hard worker, and that means something to me. I knew more people who did what they did – not because they were the best, but because they did the most. I thought Jason was one of those people.

I don't know if Jason has ever seen him "Forrest Gump." Jason lived in a frathouse on the OU campus and attended a semester-long ritual together with his frathouse brothers at the end of the semester, shaking a flagpole outside the house. They have been doing this for years, maybe decades without incident, but in this case the flagpole popped up and fell on Jason as he broke his skull.

He rushed to the hospital where he was kept alive for several hours but died the next day.

About five months later, my mom and dad had dinner with friends on Friday night when the so-called supercell The storm came in the vicinity of Dallas-Fort Worth, throwing lots of water into an area already saturated with unusually heavy spring rains. The water had no place to go, which created a rapid flood situation.

My parents on their way home from dinner & apos; The car stopped in the fast rising water and stepped out in search of higher ground. Mother was flooded and drowned. Dad was trapped between the corner rail and the car, which probably saved his life, but had a nerve in his left arm. Dad left him without using a dominant arm because of his injury – until his physiotherapist was able to recover most of it.

That summer, I stayed with my dad and helped him do things he really couldn't do for himself – like cooking, washing dishes, and even helping with clothes. We watched a lot of movies on videotape that summer, one of which was "Forrest Gump." It turned out that Dad didn't see what made him wonder if he had ever done that. They were almost always moving together.

I really enjoyed the movie. I am a history buff – as regular bloggers undoubtedly know – so I enjoyed Forrest's elimination of major events in American history – if not directly involved – in the last 20th century. .

I especially enjoyed the scene as a guest at the Watergate Hotel, and I called the security service to complain about the bright flashlights in the office building opposite your room. The lights kept him awake. The flashlights, of course, belonged to burglars in the offices of the Democratic National Committee, and the next thing they showed was Richard Nixon's familiar tape, which resigned two years later.

(As a history lover, I appreciated one small touch in the scene. When Forrest called security, the person at the other end identified himself as Frank Wills. That was the real name of the security guard who discovered the Watergate intrusion). .)

According to Forrest Gump, he was quite influential, sometimes deliberately, usually by accident. He met the presidents and held hands on major historical events, such as George Wallace's famous rack in the door of the schoolhouse (while Gump was a student at the University of Alabama) and handed over what was known as. Gumpisms, the pearl of wisdom that only Gump could express.

Every time I look at it, I ask myself, could anyone other than Tom Hanks play Forrest? Hard to imagine, but the role could have been played by John Travolta or Bill Murray. Or would it have been better? I don't know, but I do do you know it would have been much different.

Gump, of course, was considered slow. At the beginning of the movie, her mother (Sally Field) was told she had a son "different" and would need special education, but he didn't accept it. "You have to do the best that God has given you." he told her.

Of course you can't mention it Forrest Gump without mention "My mom always said life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you're going to get." THE American Film Institute rated it a # 40 movie quote of all time.

Forrest always sought to please his mother, so he did not focus on the negative. Mostly he focused on the positive, even when he was in pain. Even if it didn't make sense.

"Mom always said that dying is part of life" he said. "I sure wish it wasn't."

At first, I think so that was my favorite Gumpismwhich is not surprising considering what I went through in the weeks and months before I finally saw it "Forrest Gump."

But after watching the movie again, I decided it was my favorite Gumpism it came when Forrest and Jenny (Robin Wright) walked together and came to the house where she was abused in her childhood. He threw a rock out of the house, others bounced off the wall, others smashed the glass in the window before collapsing on a surface.

"Sometimes," Compounding the narrator said "not enough rock."

Forrest Gump presented with two actors I haven't remembered yet.

One was Gary Sinise (Lieutenant Dan), who had been in the movie for almost 10 years Forest Gump debut. I saw some of his films, but I didn't remember seeing it. He was very impressed with me Forrest Gump nevertheless, and closely followed my career in the years that followed.

Lieutenant Dan was one of the guys from a long line of soldiers who dedicated their lives to serving the nation. Forrest saved his life in a battle, and Dan regretted believing that Forrest had deprived his ancestors of the glorious fighting death of his ancestors.

On the backside, Dan, who lost both legs, met Gump and demanded that he know what people were always asking. him. – Have you ever found Jesus? asked.

"I didn't know I should have been looking for him." Gump replied.

As Forrest observed later, Lieutenant Dan "made peace with God" – and made peace with Forrest. By the end of the movie, they were close friends.

The other actor was Haley Joel Osment.

Forrest Gump was only his second film, but did a good job as Forrest Jr. "The sixth sense."

Few careers started so well.

Forrest Gump He won six Oscars for nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Zemeckis) and Best Actor (Hanks).