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Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is a 1994 Paramount Pictures film based on the heavily satirical book of the same name by Winston Groom[?].

The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and tells the story of a man's epic journey through life, passing historical figures and incidents largely unaware of their significance: in the film, Forrest calls the police about the Watergate break-in, invents the smiley without realizing it, and makes millions on Apple Computer stock thinking he has invested in produce.

Much of the beginning of the film is the same in the book, but later in the book Forrest becomes an astronaut and the two stories diverge greatly. For instance, in the novel Gump (after becoming an astronaut) crash-lands on a small jungle island with his crew. Gump himself is as dimwitted in the book but abrasive and judgmental rather than naive and accepting.

The film stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise[?], Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field and won several Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Directing and the Academy Award for Best Picture.

This was also the first film appearance of Haley Joel Osment[?]

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