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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Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
Portrayed by: Tom Hanks
Jenny Curran
Jenny Curran
Portrayed by: Robin Wright
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We comin out wit them dicks nigga
We comin out wit them dicks nigga
Portrayed by: Nicholas Cage
Forrest Gump Book vs Movie
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   Forrest meets president Johnson Forrest meets president Kennedy
   Forrest runs for the U.S. Senate. After a speech he is asked a very tough question, and his reply is, "I got to pee." He never runs for the Senate.
   As a child Forrest's legs are perfectly healthy. He has a crooked spine and requires leg braces.
   Bubba is with Forrest at University. They meet while in the army together.
   Forrest's mother doesn't die until the beginning of the second book, probably only to keep continuity with the movie (Winston Groom mostly wrote the second book as a Take That to the filmmakers who had wronged him with "Hollywood accounting" and mangling of the source text, which also explains why Groom hasn't allowed a second movie). Forrest's mother dies.
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