Forrest Gump is a 1994 American movie starring Tom Hanks. The movie chronicles the life of a man named Forrest Gump, played by Hanks, who is born with special needs both physical and mental but eventually accomplishes great things. Given the historic events occurring in the movie, it is likely that Forrest's character was born in the late 1940s.
There is some debate as to whether the movie is conservative or liberal.
Arguments for the movie being liberal:
- The movie's main protagonist is played by Tom Hanks.
- In one scene, Forrest speaks at an anti-Vietnam War rally (though it's completely unclear to viewer as to what he said or even whether his message was pro-war and anti-war).
- It is heavily implied that Forrest's mother slept with the local public school's principal (Forrest's father is never present and what happened to him is never made clear) in exchange for Forrest's admission.
Arguments for the movie being conservative:
- Forrest is motivated by loyalty, chivalry and a desire to help others.
- Jenny, whom Forrest loves, eventually realizes that her excessively liberal lifestyle has gotten her nowhere.
- Forrest is deeply faithful, once using his faith to comfort a troubled friend, and expresses concern that no one in China (that he knows of) attends church.
- Forrest has an extraordinary work ethic and continues his job mowing lawns even after receiving letter from his business partner, which states that he has successfully invested their money and that they will never have to work for money again.
- Forrest expresses firm belief in miracles and is touched with a miracle himself in the movie's famous "Run Forrest, run!" scene in which Forrest's leg braces break and Forrest discovers that he is able to run without them.