The music of Forrest Gump doesn’t merely serve as the background filler to the movie, rather, it enhances it, and helps the viewer further get a glimpse and taste the era Forrest finds himself in. The twang of the guitar in Duane Eddy’s Rebel Rouser takes us down to the Deep South in a time it brimmed with racial segregation and discrimination, while Jefferson Airplane’s Volunteers successfully strums up the vehement feelings of the late 60’s. Even though it is a diverse selection of music from a very eventful time in American, and world, history, the soundtrack of Forrest Gump somehow comes together perfectly, and, without feeling like a jumbled oldies station, further cements the brilliance of the movie.
I don’t know if Momma was right, or if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. And if there’s anything you need, I won’t be far away.
You died on a Saturday morning and I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father’s bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin’ was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t. Little Forrest, he’s doing just fine. About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He’s really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He’s so smart, Jenny. You’d be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can’t read it. I’m not supposed to, so I’ll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don’t know if Momma was right or if, if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there’s anything you need, I won’t be far away.
and Forrest Gump
Because of all the running, I guess.
Bubba: Have you ever been on a real shrimp boat?
Forrest Gump: No, but I’ve been on a real big boat.
FINALLY. THE GIF SET WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.