What's the Difference between Forrest Gump the Book and Forrest Gump the Movie?


Forrest Gump

Released: 1986
Author: Winston Groom

Forrest Gump

Released: 1994
Director: Robert Zemeckis
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Portrayed by: Tom Hanks
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Portrayed by: Robin Wright
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   Forrest is a huge man. He is 6'5" and 242 pounds. He is average size.
   As a child Forrest's legs are perfectly healthy. He has a crooked spine and requires leg braces.
   Forrest becomes and astronaut and goes to outer space. He meets an ape there named Sue. They crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by cannibals. This doesn't happen.
   Forrest becomes a world class chess player. He never plays chess.
   Forrest and his Ape grow shrimp in shallow pools. He has a shrimp boat and catches the shrimp in the open water. Lt. Dan works with him.
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The movie was a classic and from what I found out from the novel was just depressing. Tom hanks did an astounding job playing Forrest. I believe if they had followed movie exactly like the novel the movie would not have been as successful as it was.
06 Sep 2014 Anonymous
People are saying that the book is better than the movie because the movie doesn't copy the book which I think is silly because the movie is still a great movie.
11 Jul 2014 Anonymous
I haven't read the book but by reading the comments below I personally think I would like the movie better and the book sounds crap.
11 Jul 2014 Anonymous
I hated the movie. Loved the book. That's all.
08 Jul 2014 Anonymous
I hated the book. Loved the movie. That's all.
04 Jul 2014 Anonymous
Many things work in books that don't work in movies. Had the movie stayed true to the book, we wouldn't be here talking about it. The movie would have been a flop or maybe just average. The movie is a classic. The book is not.
21 Apr 2014 Anonymous
@muleheadjoe. You mixed two different ideas. A movie "based" on a book and a movie staying "true" to a book. Yes, it didn't stay true, but it certain was based on the book in many ways, shapes and forms.
21 Apr 2014 Anonymous
I think there is a misunderstanding here. Since in the book, Jenny did become pregnant with Forrest kid as it mentioned on the last chapter of the book, however, the kid is then raised by Jenny and his new husband before they both died.
19 Apr 2014 Anonymous
I wouldn't mind the movie if it weren't for the fact they billed it as being based on the book. But the movie is NOT in any way, shape, or form true to the books storyline. As a standalone movie, if I had never read the book, I would have to say the movie was utterly banal. It sucked.
14 Apr 2014 muleheadjoe
... the second time there's a sexually related event with Forrest and Jenny, she's making out/having sex with some other guy in a car, Forrest incorrectly thinks she's trapped / hurt in the car so he opens the door (it's unlocked) and pulls the guy out and Jenny yells/curses at Forrest for messing up her night.
14 Apr 2014 Anonymous

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