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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Run, Forrest! Run!

This Day in History: July 6, 1994


Run, Forrest! Run! Forrest Gump, an American epic romantic comedy-drama film opens in US theatres on July 6, 1994. The film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom won Tom Hanks his second Oscar, Best Actor in a leading role. As of July 3, 2014, Forrest Gump ranked 31st in the All-Time Box Office charts.

Did you know...

With every transition of Forrest's age, one thing remains the same- in the first scene of each transition he wears a blue plaid shirt.
Forrest and Dan's Shrimp Emporium "Bubba Gump", is now a themed restaurant in 33 locations around the world in the U.S., Japan, China, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines and Bali.
Gary Sinise's lower legs were wrapped in a special blue fabric that allowed them to be digitally removed later.
The girl in the school bus with the red hair is Tom Hanks's daughter Elizabeth Hanks
Bill Murray, John Travolta and Chevy Chase turned down the role of Forrest Gump. Travolta later admitted that passing on the role was a mistake.
The necklace worn by Lt. Dan is a rosary with a Saint Christopher medal, inscribed "Protect Us In Combat". It was worn in Vietnam by Gary Sinise's brother-in-law, Jack Treese, in 1967-68.
These & so much more found @ Forest Gump (1994) Trivia
The movie's line "My Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." was voted as the #40 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
The film suggests that Forrest Gump inspired the happy face logo in the late 1970s. Although there is dispute as to when and who originated The Smiley face (sometime in the mid 1960s) it was being commonly used in the early 1970s by brothers Murray and Bernard Spain, who used the image in a campaign to sell novelty items such as pin back buttons. The smiley face had already passed its peak of popularity by the late 1970s when the film suggests it was first created.
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