Forrest Gump

Robert Zemeckis

The film set in the 1950s opens with Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) as a child with below average IQ but with a special trait of running very fast, which provides him an entry into the University of Alabama. He later joins the U.S. army during the Vietnam War and subsequently starts a shrimping business with a comrade. Forrest Gump's valour in war fetches him a Medal of Honour and gives him the opportunity to meet up with his childhood love Jenny (Robin Wright). The film won several awards, while a sublime reference to contemporary American society and politics forms part of the storyline.