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Forrest Gump (1994)
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The blockbuster movie Forrest Gump was made in the year 1994, and it was an American romantic-comedy-drama film that won multiple awards and nominations, including awards won from the 67th Academy Awards, 1995 Golden Globe Awards, 1995 MTV Movie Awards, 1995 People’s Choice Awards and various other ones. In 1996, a themed restaurant, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, opened based on the film and has since expanded to multiple locations worldwide. The scene of Gump running across the country is often referred to when real-life people attempt the feat. In 2011, the Library of Congress selected Forrest Gump for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It was an adaption of a novel of Forrest Gump, by Winston Groom. The film differs substantially from Winston Groom's novel, including Gump's personality and several events that were depicted. Robert Zemeckis was the director of the movie, and he made great decisions about the camera techniques to be used in each scene. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field. Principal photography took place in late 1993, mainly in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Released in the United States on July 6, 1994, Forrest Gump became a commercial success as the top grossing film in North America released in that year. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a slow-witted and gullible, but good-hearted and athletically prodigious man from Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States; more specifically, the period between 1944 and 1982. The opening scene of the movie is filmed very beautifully, especially with the…...

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