Technical Process

Film Quick Facts

  • Screenwriter: Eric Roth
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Producer: Paramount Pictures
  • Released: 1994
  • Production Budget: $55,000,000
  • Prints and Advertising Budget $10,000,000
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Domestic Total Gross: $329,694,499
  • Nominated for 13 Oscars, won 6
  • In 2007, The American Film institute ranked Forrest Gump as the 76th Greatest Movie of All Time
  • In 66 days the film surpassed $250 million at the box office
  • Author Winston Groom had a 3% share in the film’s profits
  • “Despite earning over $350 million at the box office, Paramount claimed that they were still $62 million out of profit due to the costs of promotion, distribution and interest.”
  • “Bubba Gump” Shrimp Company, now a themed restaurant, has 9 locations around the US

Eric Roth’s view on adapting Forrest Gump:

MakingOf – Movies – Forrest Gump – Eric Roth discusses the adaptation of “Forrest Gump”

Link to the screenplay by Eric Roth:

Tom Hanks as Forrest

  • Bill Murray, John Travolta, and Chevy Chase all regrettably ejected the role of Forrest Gump.
  • Tom Hanks’ little brother, Jim, was used as a double for many of the running scenes.
  • To create more fluid scene transitions, the parts where Forrest was aging always started off with a blue plaid shirt.
  • Tom Hank’s wasn’t exactly “paid” for the film. He instead took percentage points which eventually made him $40 million.
  • Tom Hanks originally had a tough stance against sequels – refusing to do any, which meant that Gump & Co could not be adapted.
  • In the sequel Gump & Co, Forrest Gump actually meets Tom Hanks.

Warner Bros. sold the rights to Forrest Gump in 1988, in exchange for the rights to the film Executive Decision (1996). This was because the studio decided that the project had “lost its commercial promise in the wake of Rain Man” (1988).


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