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 Gump Book vs Movie
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   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 leaves the Shrimp business to travel around with his Ape and Lt. Dan as a one man band. Forrest leaves the Shrimp business to Lt. Dan and goes home to cut the grass for free.
   Jenny does NOT go to an 'all girls college' Jenny goes to an all-girls college
   Forrest curses a lot. He doesn't swear.
   Forrest meets the President as a military hero returned from Viet Nam Forrest meets the President because he's a college football 'all star' (an utterly stupid, banal, asinine change to the story)
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the movie is far better than the book
13 Apr 2015 Anonymous
13 Apr 2015 Anonymous
The film absolutely blows the book away ...
25 Feb 2015 Anonymous
29 Jan 2015 Anonymous
29 Jan 2015 Anonymous
A purest forrest gump its what moves the movie, the book just doesnt have that, whenever i put an example of a better movie than the book this one comes to my mind. Hollywood almost every time blows it, but not on this one
16 Oct 2014 Anonymous
I absolutely Love the movie, i think it was way better than the book. the book moves a little to fast for me. and tom hanks played a great forrest jump. i quote forrest all the time.
15 Oct 2014 Anonymous
I don't think the movie has aged particularly well for younger generations. Special effects? May have been revolutionary at the time but they're barely noticeable now. Masturbatory nostalgia and patriotism? Done purely to appease the Baby Boomer generation and pander for Oscars. Then-middle-aged audiences in the 90s fell for this type of stuff all the time--movies like this and shows like the Wonder Years which were little more than "Remember that?!" circle jerks. Baby Boomers go nuts for
01 Oct 2014 Anonymous
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

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