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EXT. VIETNAM/VIET CONG FOXHOLE - ANOTHER DAY

Lt. Dan walks away as Forrest rushes over, aims two pistols in the hole, then climbs inside.

FORREST (V.O.) And there was always something to do.

LT. DAN Mount 'em up.

SGT. SIMS Spread out! Cover his back.

ANOTHER DAY - The platoon walks through a rice paddy, waits deep in water. It begins to rain.

FORREST (V.O.) One day it started raining, and it didn't quit for four months.

EXT. JUNGLE

The rain pours down on Forrest and Bubba as they sit in a foxhole.

FORREST (V.O.) We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin' rain...

ANOTHER DAY - The platoon walks through the jungle as rain pours down on them.

FORREST (V.O.) ...and big ol' fat rain.

ANOTHER DAY - The platoon shelters themselves as they walk through the wind and rain.

FORREST (V.O.) Rain that flew in sideways.

ANOTHER DAY - Forrest and other soldiers walk chest-deep through a river. The rain splatters back up from the river, hitting the soldiers. Forrest holds his hand up to protect his face.

FORREST (V.O.) And sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.

EXT. ENCAMPMENT - NIGHT

The rain pours down on the men of the platoon as they sit in a camp. Bubba sits down next to Forrest.

FORREST (V.O.) Shoot, it even rained at night.

Bubba leans his back up against Forrest's back.

BUBBA Hey Forrest...

FORREST Hey Bubba...

BUBBA I'm gonna lean up against you, you just lean right back against me.

BUBBA This way, we don't have to sleep with our heads in the mud. You know why we a good partnership, Forrest? 'Cause we be watchin' out for one another. Like brothers and stuff. Hey, Forrest, there's somethin' I've been thinkin' about. I got a very important question to ask you. How would you like to go into the shrimpin' business with me?

FORREST Okay.

BUBBA Man, I tell you what, I got it all figured out, too. So many pounds of shrimp to pay off the boat, so many pounds for gas, we can just live right on the boat. We ain't got to pay no rent. I'll be the captain; we can just work it together. Split everything right down the middle. Man, I'm tellin' you, fifty-fifty. And, hey, Forrest, all the shrimp you can get.

FORREST That's a fine idea.

FORREST (V.O.) Bubba did have a fine idea.

ANOTHER NIGHT - Some soldiers patrol the area. Forrest lies in a pup tent and writes a litter as the rain pours down. He uses his flashlight to see.

FORREST (V.O.) I even wrote Jenny and told her all about it. I sent her letters. Not every day, but almost. I told her what I was doin' and asked her what she was doing, and I told her how I thought about her always.

EXT. JENNY'S GRANDMOTHER'S TRAILER - DAY

Jenny steps out of the trailer with a backpack and a guitar.

She hugs a hippie guy, then jumps into the back of a Volkswagen bus with another guy.

FORREST (V.O.) And how I was looking forward to getting a letter from her just as soon as she had the time I'd always let her know that I was okay.

EXT. VIETNAM - NIGHT

Forrest writes a letter in his tent.

FORREST (V.O.) Then I'd sign each letter, "Love, Forrest Gump."

EXT. JUNGLE - DAY

The Fourth Platoon makes their way through the jungle and rain.

SONG "There's something happenin' here. What it is ain't exactly clear. There's a man with a gun over there, telling' me I got to beware."

FORREST (V.O.) This one day, we was out walking, like always, and then, just like that, somebody turned off the rain and the sun come out.

Forrest looks up as the sun suddenly appears. Forrest's platoon is attacked. A bullet kills the soldier standing next to Forrest. Bombs explode all around as the soldiers scramble to the ground.

LT. DAN Take cover!

Forrest crawls over a berm as bullets fly overhead and explode all around him. Forrest rolls over and pulls his pack off Lt. Dan lies next to Forrest.

LT. DAN Get that pig up here, goddammit!

BUBBA Forrest, you okay?

Two soldiers with a machine gun fire into the jungle. Lt. Dan shouts into the radio. Forrest begins firing his weapon into the jungle.

LT. DAN ...Strongarm, please be advised...

Two soldiers pull a wounded soldier into the jungle.

BUBBA Medic, we got a man down!

LT. DAN Strongarm, this is Leg Lima 6, over!

LT. DAN Roger, Strongarm, be advised we have incoming from the treeline at point blue plus two. A.K's and rockets...

The machine gunner fires into the treeline. Another soldier helps him with the ammunition. The machine gun jams.

SOLDIER WITH BIG MACHINE GUN Misfire! Misfire!

LT. DAN Goddammit, Mac! Get that pig unfucked and get it in the treeline!

A rocket explodes on the machine gunner and the other soldier, killing them. Forrest looks down and covers his head as rockets explodes all around him.

LT. DAN (into radio) Ah, Jesus! My unit is down hard and hurting! 6 pulling back to the blue line, Leg Lima 6 out! Pull back! Pull back!

BUBBA Forrest! Run! Run, Forrest!

LT. DAN Pull back!

BUBBA Forrest! Run! Run, Forrest! Run! Run!

SGT. SIMS Pull back! Let's go!

Lt. Dan gets up and grabs Forrest by the collar.

LT. DAN Run, goddammit, run!

The platoon gets up and runs toward the cover of the jungle.

Rockets explode all around the field. Forrest runs into the jungle. The soldiers run through the jungle as bullets explode all around. A soldier is blown up by a rocket. A soldier runs through the jungle. Forrest runs past the soldier.

SOLDIER Medic! Medic! Jesus, can I get a medic?

FORREST (V.O.) I ran and ran, just like Jenny told me to.

Rockets explode in the jungle as Forrest runs out toward a clearing.

FORREST (V.O.) I ran so far and so fast that pretty soon I was all by myself, which was a bad thing.

FORREST Bubba!

Forrest turns around, then runs back into the jungle.

FORREST (V.O.) Bubba was my best good friend. I had to make sure he was okay.

Rockets explode in the jungle. Forrest runs back into the jungle to look for Bubba.

1ST SOLDIER Any friendlies out there?

2ND SOLDIER Yeah, I've got three over there.

1ST SOLDIER Where the hell are you?

Forrest stops and aims his weapon. He looks around, scared.

FORREST Bubba?

Something moves. Forrest turns and looks, then rushes over.

FORREST (V.O.) And on my way back to find Bubba, well, there was this boy laying on the ground.

FORREST Tex!

Tex lies on the ground, his face distorted with pain.

FORREST Okay.

Forrest reaches down and picks up Tex from the ground. Forrest pulls Tex up over his shoulder, then runs.

FORREST (V.O.) I couldn't just let him lay there all alone, scared the way he was, so I grabbed him up and run him out of there.

Forrest carries Tex out of the jungle and into the clearing.

He sets Tex down on the bank of a river, and runs back into the jungle.

FORREST (V.O.) And every time I went back looking for Bubba, somebody else was saying, "Help me, Forrest. Help me."

Forrest drops another wounded soldier down at the bank of the river next to Tex, and then runs back toward the jungle.

Forrest grabs the third wounded soldier up from the ground and turns him over. It is DALLAS.

DALLAS Can't hear... Can't hear...

Dallas is dropped off at the bank next to the other wounded soldiers. Forrest turns to go back to the jungle.

2ND WOUNDED SOLDIER No sweat, man. Just lay back. You're gonna be okay. You're gonna be okay.

FORREST (V.O.) I started to get scared that I might never find Bubba.

STRONGARM (over radio) You're danger close for crack air, over.

Forrest trips over something and falls to the ground. He looks up to find two bloody legs. It is Lt. Dan, who is wounded. He speaks into the radio.

LT. DAN (into radio) Roger, Strongarm, I know my position is danger close! We got Charlie all over this area! I gotta have those fast movers in here now! Over!

STRONGARM (over radio) Six, Strongarm, we want...

FORREST Lieutenant Dan, Coleman's dead!

LT. DAN I know he's dead! My whole goddamned platoon is wiped out!

STRONGARM (over radio) Leg Lima 6, Leg Lima 6, how copy you this transmission? Over.

Forrest tries to pick up Lt. Dan, who tries to push Forrest away.

LT. DAN Goddammit! What are you doing? Leave me here! Get away. Just leave me here! Get out!

Forrest pulls Lt. Dan over his shoulder and runs through the jungle.

STRONGARM Leg Lima 6, Leg Lima 6. This is Strongarm, be advised, your fast movers are inbound at this time, over.

FORREST (V.O.) Then it felt like something just jumped up and bit me.

Forrest falls down.

FORREST Ah, something bit me!

Forrest gets up as Lt. Dan yells. Lt. Dan fires his pistol at the unseen enemy as Forrest pulls him away.

LT. DAN You dink son-of-a-bitch! I can't leave the platoon! I told you to leave me there, Gump. Forget about me. Get yourself out! Did you hear what I said! Goddammit, pull me down! Get your ass out of here!

Forrest drops Lt. Dan down at the bank, next to the other wounded soldiers. Lt. Dan grabs Forrest by the shirt, angry.

LT. DAN I didn't ask you to pull me out of there, goddamn you! What the hell do you think you're going?

FORREST To get Bubba.

LT. DAN I got an air strike inbound right now. They're gonna nape the whole area.

Forrest gets up and runs as Lt. Dan yells after him.

LT. DAN Gump, you stay here, goddammit! That's an order!

FORREST I gotta find Bubba!

Forrest runs through the jungle searching for Bubba. Forrest slows down and looks around carefully.

BUBBA Forrest...

FORREST Bubba...

Bubba looks up as he lies on the ground.

BUBBA I'm okay.

Bubba holds a palm frond over his wound. Forrest removes the frond to look at the wound. Bubba's chest has been blown open.

FORREST Oh, Bubba, no...

BUBBA Naw, I'm gonna be all right.

Forrest looks around as he hear the voices of the enemy.

FORREST Come on. Come on. Come here...

Forrest carries Bubba through the jungle. The sound of approaching planes fills the air.

BUBBA I'm okay, Forrest. I'm all right.

The roar of approaching planes is deafening. Forrest looks up in fear. Three planes dive down toward the jungle. They fire napalm as the jungle explodes with massive fireballs.

Forrest runs, carrying Bubba. The fireballs explode behind him. The entire jungle area is in flames as Forrest runs.

Forrest carries Bubba to the bank of the river. Lt. Dan and the other wounded soldiers wait for a rescue helicopter.

LT. DAN Helo's inbound. Pop smoke, get it up there!

FORREST (V.O.) If I'd a known this was gonna be the last time me and Bubba was gonna talk, I'd a thought of something better to say.

Forrest looks down at Bubba. A soldier releases a smoke canister.

FORREST Hey, Bubba...

BUBBA Hey, Forrest. Forrest, why'd this happen?

FORREST You got shot.

FORREST (V.O.) Then Bubba said something I won't even forget.

BUBBA I wanna go home.

FORREST (V.O.) Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain't something you can find just around the corner. Bubba was gonna be a shrimpin' boat captain, but instead he died right there by that river in Vietnam.

The helicopter fly overhead.

BUS STATION - DAY

Forrest continues with his life story. A MAN is sitting next to Forrest on the bus bench.

FORREST That's all I have to say about that.

MAN It was a bullet, wasn't it?

FORREST A bullet?

MAN That jumped up and bit you.

FORREST Oh, yes sir. Bit me directly in the buttocks. They said it was a million dollar wound, but the Army must keep that money, 'cause I still ain't seen a nickel of that million dollars. The only good thing about being wounded in the buttocks...

FLASHBACK - INT. US. ARMY HOSPITAL/VIETNAM - DAY

Forrest holds two ice cream cones in his hands as he is wheeled on a rolling stretcher.

FORREST (V.O.) ...is the ice cream. They gave me all the ice cream I could eat. And guess what. A good friend of mine was in the bed right next door.

Forrest, lying on his stomach, is wheeled to his bed.

Forrest's butt sticks up and is bandaged. Forrest looks at Lt. Dan lying on the bed. Forrest holds out an ice cream cone for Lt. Dan.

FORREST Lieutenant Dan, I got you some ice cream. Lieutenant Dan, ice cream.

Lt. Dan, annoyed, takes the ice cream cone and drops it into his bed pan. Forrest slides himself onto his bed. A NURSE reaches toward Lt. Dan.

MALE NURSE It's time for your bath, Lieutenant.

The male nurse places Lt. Dan's hands on a pull-up bar, then picks up Lt. Dan, whose legs have been amputated.

MALE NURSE Harper...

Another nurse wheels the rolling bed under Lt. Dan. The male nurse sets Lt. Dan down on the rolling bed. Forrest looks up at Lt. Dan as he is wheeled away. A soldier reads the names from a pile of letters.

SOLDIER Cooper, Larson, Webster, Gump, Gump...

FORREST I'm Forrest Gump.

The soldier hands Forrest a large pile of letters.

"Undeliverable as addressed. No forwarding order on file."

Jenny Curran Rural Route 2 Greenbow, Ala. 39902 Forrest looks down at the pile of letters.

INT. ARMY HOSPITAL/VIETNAM - DAY

A group of wounded soldiers hang out in the hospital, recuperating. Forrest sits and watches "Gomer Pyle" on the television.

SOLDIER Gump, how can you watch that stupid shit? Turn it off!

ANNOUNCER From the D.M.Z. to the Delta, you are tuned to the American Forces Vietnam Network. This is Channel 6, Saigon.

Forrest turns the TV off and he is hit on the back of the head by a ping-pong ball.

SOLDIER Good catch, Gump. You know how to play this?

Forrest shakes his head.

SOLDIER Come on, let me show you. Here.

The wounded ping-pong player hands Forrest a paddle. Forrest and the wounded ping-pong player step toward the ping-pong table.

SOLDIER Now the secret to this game is, no matter what happens, never, never take your eye off the ball.

He holds the ball up and moves it back and forth. Forrest keeps his eyes on the ball.

SOLDIER All right...

The wounded ping-pong player tosses the ball down onto the table. Forrest begins to hit the ball back to the other player.

FORREST (V.O.) For some reason, ping pong came very natural to me.

SOLDIER See, any idiot can play.

FORREST (V.O.) So I started playing it all the time.

Forrest hits ping-pong balls.

FORREST (V.O.) I played ping-pong even when I didn't have anyone to play ping-pong with.

The balls at land in a bed pan positioned on a chair. A group of wounded soldier sit and watch Forrest play with himself. Forrest hits two balls at a time against the opposite side of the table.

FORREST (V.O.) The hospital's people said it made me look like a duck in water, whatever that means. Even Lieutenant Dan would come and watch me play.

Lt. Dan stares out the window. Forrest lies in his bed asleep. A hand reaches and grabs him.

FORREST (V.O.) I played ping-pong so much, I even played it in my sleep.

Lt. Dan pulls Forrest to the floor, and holds Forrest down.

LT. DAN Now, you listen to me. We all have a destiny. Nothing just happens, it's all part of a plan. I should have died out there with my men! But now, I'm nothing but a goddamned cripple! A legless freak. Look! Look! Look at me! Do you see that? Do you know what it's like not to be able to use your legs?

FORREST Well... Yes, sir, I do.

LT. DAN Did you hear what I said? You cheated me. I had a destiny. I was supposed to die in the field! With honor! That was my destiny! And you cheated me out of it! You understand what I'm saying, Gump? This wasn't supposed to happen. Not to me. I had a destiny. I was Lieutenant Dan Tyler.

FORREST Yo-You're still Lieutenant Dan.

Lt. Dan looks at Forrest, lets go of Forrest and rolls.

Lt. Dan sits up as Forrest looks at him.

LT. DAN Look at me. What am I gonna do now? What am I gonna do now?

INT. REC ROOM/VIETNAM HOSPITAL - ANOTHER DAY

Forrest plays ping-pong by himself. An OFFICER walks up to him.

OFFICER P.F.C. Gump?

Forrest immediately grabs the ball and places it down on the table under its paddle. Stands at attention.

FORREST Yes, sir!

OFFICER As you were.

The officer holds up an envelope.

OFFICER Son, you've been awarded the Medal of Honor.

INT. VIETNAM HOSPITAL WARD

Forrest steps up to Lt. Dan's bed.

FORREST Guess what, Lieutenant Dan, they want to give me a me...

Forrest stops in mid-sentence as he looks down at the bed. A heavily bandaged soldier with bloodstains lies there. Forrest turns and look at the NURSE.

FORREST Ma'am, what'd they do with Lieutenant Dan?

NURSE They sent him home.

FORREST (V.O.) Two weeks later, I left Vietnam.

INT. BARBER SHOP/GREENBOW - DAY

ANCHORMAN (on T.V.) The ceremony was kicked off with a candid speech by the President regarding the need for further escalation of the war in Vietnam. President Johnson awarded four Medals of Honor to men from each of the Armed Services.

The television reveals Forrest as he is awarded the Medal of Honor by President Johnson.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON America owes you a debt of gratitude, son.

Color footage revealing President Johnson as he places the award around Forrest's neck and shakes hands.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON I understand you were wounded. Where were you hit?

FORREST In the buttocks, sir.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON Oh, that must be a sight.

President Johnson leans and whispers into Forrest's ear.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON I'd kinda like to see that.

INT. BARBER SHOP

The television revealing Forrest as he drops his pants, bends over and shows the bullet wound on his bare buttocks.

President Johnson looks down and smiles. The three men in the barber shop look up in disbelief. Mrs. Gump looks up in shock.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON Goddamn, son.

EXT. LINCOLN MEMORIAL - DAY

Forrest walks by the Lincoln Memorial. A fence surrounds the Memorial, as well as armed military guards.

FORREST (V.O.) After that, Momma went to the hotel to lay down, so I went out for a walk to see our national capital.

ISABEL Hilary, all right, I've got the vets, what do you want me to do with them?

HILARY What are you doing here so late?

Forrest takes a photo of the memorial as a woman named Hilary gathers together some veterans against the Vietnam War.

HILARY We've been waiting for you for half an hour, so just get them in a line, will you. Hey, hey, come on, pictures later. You look great. Oh come on, get in this line, come on, come on right in line. Come on, let him here, let him in here.

Hilary grabs Forrest and puts him in the line with the other vets against the war.

FORREST (V.O.) It's a good thing Momma was resting, 'cause the street was awful crowded with people looking at all the statues and monuments. And some of them people were loud and pushy.

Hilary leads the line of vets toward the large anti-Vietnam War rally.

HILARY Okay, follow me! Come on.

The group of vets walk as Forrest tries to take another picture. A vet behind him pushes him along.

HILARY Let's move it out.

VET Hey, buddy, come on. We could use your help.

Forrest walks in the line. A banner reads "Veterans against the War in Vietnam."

FORREST (V.O.) Everywhere I went, I had to stand in line.

HILARY Follow me, let's go!

Hilary leads the vets through a crowd of people outside the rally. Another woman, named Isabel, leads the vets toward the back of a stage.

ISABEL All right, come on, guys.

HILARY Stand here.

VET Hey, you're a good man for doin' this. Good!

FORREST Okay.

A man, wearing an American flag shirt, stands on the stage.

He is anti-war activist ABBIE HOFFMAN.

ABBIE HOFFMAN We must declare to that fucking impostor in the White House -- Johnson. We ain't going to work on your farm no more! Yeah!

FORREST (V.O.) There was this man, giving a little talk. And for some reason, he was wearing an American flag for a shirt...

ABBIE HOFFMAN Now, I'm going to bring up some soldiers that are going to talk about the war, man...

FORREST (V.O.) ...and he liked to say the "F" word. A lot. "F" this and "F" that. And every time...

ABBIE HOFFMAN ...that war has come home, and we have to stop these politicians...

FORREST (V.O.) ...he said "F" word, people, for some reason, well, they'd cheer.

ABBIE HOFFMAN ...these guys just told Lyndon Johnson where to stick this fucking war! Yeah!

Forrest looks up at the cheering crowd. Abbie turns and motions for Forrest to come up on the stage.

ABBIE HOFFMAN Come on, man. Come up here, man.

HILARY Come on. Come on. Yeah, you!

Hilary pulls Forrest up onto the stage.

HILARY Come on, get up there. Come on. Move, move. Let's go! Let's go.

The other vets follow Forrest pushes onto the stage and push him toward the microphones.

VET Come on, go. You can do it. Just get up there. Go on. That's it.

Thousands of cheering protesters stand around the Washington Monument. Forrest looks at the crowd. Abbie Hoffmann steps up to Forrest.

ABBIE HOFFMAN Tell us a little bit about the war, man.

FORREST The war in Vietnam?

ABBIE HOFFMAN The war in Viet-fucking-nam!

Abbie raises his fist as the crowd cheers wildly.

FORREST Well...

FORREST (V.O.) There was only one thing I could say about the war in Vietnam.

FORREST ...there was only one thing I could say about the war in Vietnam.

Forrest looks at the crowd as he speaks. A policeman looks around as he sneaks over to the audio circuit board.

FORREST In Vietnam war...

The policeman pulls the patch cords out of the audio board.

Forrest's amplified voice becomes inaudible. Forrest continues to speak into the microphone, even though no one can hear what he is saying. Hilary looks over and notices the policeman. Hilary rushes over toward the audio board, pushes the policeman away and grabs his night stick. Another protester grabs the policeman and pulls him away.

POLICEMAN Hey, what the hell are you doing?

HILARY I'll beat your head in, you goddamned oinker!

Isabel, Hilary and another protester try to plug the tangled mess of wires back into the audio board.

ISABEL Christ, what'd they do with this?

Forrest continues to speak into the microphone. The crowd grows restless.

CROWD We can't hear you! We can't hear anything!

HILARY This one! This one! Give me that!

Hilary plugs in the right patch cord.

HILARY That's it.

FORREST ...and that's all I have to say about that.

Forrest looks at the massive crowd. They are silent. Abbie Hoffman steps over to Forrest and pats him on the shoulder.

ABBIE HOFFMAN That's so right on, man. You said it all. What's your name, man?

FORREST My name is Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump.

ABBIE HOFFMAN Forrest Gump!

Abbie raises his fist into the air. Abbie steps away from Forrest. The crowd cheers.

CROWD Forrest Gump!

JENNY (screaming) Forrest! Forrest!

Jenny wades out into the reflection pool and waves her hand into the air. Forrest recognizes her.

FORREST Jenny!

Forrest rushes off the stage as Jenny makes her way out into the pool.

JENNY Forrest!

Forrest jumps down into the crowd and runs. Jenny smiles as she tries to run through the water. The crowd parts as Forrest runs into the pool. Jenny rushes toward him.

JENNY Hey! Hey!

The massive crowd cheers for the embracing couple in the pool.

FORREST (V.O.) It was the happiest moment of my life.

EXT. WASHINGTON MONUMENT/PROTESTER'S ENCAMPMENT - NIGHT

Forrest and Jenny walk past the protesters who are camping out on the lawn.

FORREST (V.O.) Jenny and me were just peas and carrots again. She showed me around, and even introduced me...

INT. BLACK PANTHER HEADQUARTERS/STOREFRONT, D.C. - NIGHT

Forrest stands at an open window and looks at the White House.

FORREST (V.O.) ...to some of her new friends.

A Black Panther, named RUBEN, steps over and pulls the shades down.

RUBEN Shut that blind, man. And get your white ass away from that window. Don't you know we in war here?

Another Black Panther named MASAI grabs Forrest and pats him down.

JENNY Hey man, he's cool. He's cool. He's one of us. He's one of us.

MASAI Let me tell you about us.

WESLEY Where the hell have you been?

JENNY I ran into a friend.

MASAI Our purpose here is to protect our black leaders from the racial onslaught of the pig who wishes to brutalize our black leaders, rape our women, and destroy our black communists.

BLACK PANTHER Masai, phone. Talk to these guys.

WESLEY Who's the baby killer?

JENNY This is my good friend I told you about. This is Forrest Gump. Forrest, this is Wesley. Wesley and I live together in Berkeley, and he's the president of the Berkeley chapter of S.D.S.

MASAI Let me tell you something else.

WESLEY I want to talk to you.

JENNY Okay, but...

WESLEY No. Now! Goddammit!

MASAI We are here to offer protection and help for all of those who need our help, because we, the Black Panthers, are against the war in Vietnam. Yes, we are against any war where black soldiers are sent to the front line to die for a country that hates them. Yes, we are against any war where black soldiers go to fight and come to be brutalized and killed in their own communities as they sleep in their beds at night. Yes, we are against all these racists and imperial dog acts.

JENNY You are a fucking asshole!

Wesley hits Jenny across the face. Slow motion -- Jenny falls back. Slow motion -- Forrest steps forward with rage.

Slow motion -- Wesley turns and looks at Forrest. Forrest tackles Wesley and slams him onto a table. Jenny turns and looks as Masai pulls out a gun.

JENNY Forrest! Quit it! Quit it! Forrest! Stop it!

Jenny rushes over to Forrest and pulls Forrest off Wesley.

JENNY Stop it!

Jenny tries to help Wesley as he moans on the floor. Wesley knocks Jenny's hand away. He gets up, holding his bloody lip.

WESLEY Oh, God. I shouldn't have brought you here. I should have known it was just gonna be some bullshit hassle.

FORREST He should not be hitting you, Jenny.

JENNY Come on, Forrest.

Jenny steps out the door as Forrest picks up his hat.

FORREST Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your Black Panther party.

The group of Black Panthers glare at Forrest. Forrest turns and walks out the room.

EXT. WASHINGTON D.C. - NIGHT

Forrest and Jenny walk past the White House. Protesters hold a candlelight vigil behind them.

JENNY He doesn't mean it when he does things like this. He doesn't.

FORREST I would never hurt you, Jenny.

JENNY I know you wouldn't, Forrest.

FORREST I wanted to be your boyfriend.

They walk in silence. Jenny touches Forrest's uniform.

JENNY That uniform is a trip, Forrest. You look handsome in it. You do.

FORREST You know what?

JENNY What?

FORREST I'm glad we were here together in our national capitol.

JENNY Me too, Forrest. I have so much to tell you, you won't believe what's been going on...

FORREST (V.O.) We walked around all night, Jenny and me, just talkin'.

EXT. ROUTE 66 - FLASHBACK - DAY

Jenny stands in the rain, hitchhiking. A car pulls over to pick her up. Jenny and other other girls get into the car.

FORREST (V.O.) She told me about all the travellin' she's done.

EXT. COMMUNE IN NEW MEXICO - NIGHT

A hippie gives Jenny a sugar cube of acid as they sit in front of a roaring fire.

FORREST (V.O.) And how she'd discovered ways to expand her mind and learn how to live in harmony...

EXT. HOLLYWOOD/WALK OF FAME - DAY

A star with the name "Jean Harlow" on the sidewalk. Jenny and two other girls sing on the sidewalk and collect change from the passersby. Jenny plays the guitar.

FORREST (V.O.) ...which must be out west somewhere, 'cause she made it all the way to California.

JENNY (sings) "Smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love on another right now"

A young hippie looks over his faded Volkswagen at the girls.

YOUNG HIPPIE Hey, anybody want to go to San Francisco?

JENNY I'll go.

YOUNG HIPPIE Far out!

EXT. WASHINGTON D.C. - DAWN

Forrest and Jenny walk through the park.

FORREST (V.O.) I was a very special night for the two of us. I didn't want it to end.

EXT. PARKING LOT - EARLY MORNING

Jenny carries a backpack as she prepares to board a bus back to Berkeley.

FORREST I wish you wouldn't go, Jenny.

JENNY I have to, Forrest.

WESLEY Jenny? Things got a little out of hand. It's just this war and that, that lyin' son-of-a-bitch Johnson. I would never hurt you. You know that.

FORREST You know what I think? I think you should go home to Greenbow. Alabama!

JENNY Forrest, we have very different lives, you know.

Forrest looks down at Jenny. He pulls his Medal of Honor from around his neck.

FORREST I want you to have this.

Forrest places the Medal of Honor in Jenny's hand. Jenny looks up at him.

JENNY Forrest, I can't keep this.

FORREST I got it just by doing what you told me to do.

JENNY Why're you so good to me?

FORREST You're my girl.

JENNY I'll always be your girl.

Jenny and Forrest hug each other. Wesley waits for Jenny.

Jenny turns and walks up to Wesley. They walk toward the entrance of the bus. Forrest smiles as Jenny looks at her.

Jenny climbs up into the bus. Wesley glares at Forrest.

Forrest gives Wesley the "evil eye." Jenny through the near window of the bus, knocks on the window. Forrest turns and looks. Jenny waves to Forrest. Forrest looks up and smiles sadly. Jenny gives Forrest the peace sign as the bus pulls away. The sign on the back of the bus reads "Berkeley to D.C." Forrest gives Jenny the peace sign.

FORREST (V.O.) And just like that, she was gone out of my life again.

INT. VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL/REC ROOM - DAY

A footage of Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon on television.

NEIL ARMSTRONG That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. The, uh, the surface is fine and powdery. I can, I can pick it up loosely.

Forrest demonstrates a ping-pong to some wounded vets.

FORREST (V.O.) I thought I was going back to Vietnam, but instead, they decided the best way for me to fight communists was to play ping-pong. So I was in the Special Services, traveling around the country cheering up all them wounded veterans and showing them how to play...

BUS STOP - PRESENT - DAY

Forrest looks at a man.

FORREST ...ping-pong. I was so good that some years later...

EXT. CHINA/PING-PONG TOURNAMENT - FLASHBACK - DAY

Forrest plays ping-pong against a Chinese player. A large mural of Mao Tse-tung hangs on the wall. A crowd of communist leaders sit and watch.

FORREST (V.O.) ...the Army decided I should be on the All-American Ping-Pong Team. We were the first Americans to visit the land of China in like a million years or something like that, and somebody said that world peace was in our hands. But all I did was play ping-pong. When I got home...

BUS STOP - PRESENT - DAY

FORREST ...I was national celebrity. Famouser even than Captain Kangaroo.

Color footage of the DICK CAVETT Show. Dick Cavett stands up as he introduces Forrest.

DICK CAVETT Here he is, Forrest Gump, right here.

Forrest makes his way onto the stage, shakes hands with Dick Cavett.

DICK CAVETT Mr. Gump, have a seat.

Forrest sits down between JOHN LENNON and Dick Cavett.

DICK CAVETT Forrest Gump, John Lennon.

JOHN LENNON Welcome home.

DICK CAVETT You had quite a trip. Can you, uh, tell us, uh, what was China like?

John Lennon lights a cigarette.

FORREST Well, in the land of China, people hardly got nothing at all.

JOHN LENNON No possessions?

FORREST And in China, they never go to church.

JOHN LENNON No religion, too?

DICK CAVETT Oh. Hard to imagine.

JOHN LENNON Well, it's easy if you try, Dick.

Forrest looks oddly at John Lennon.

FORREST (V.O.) Some years later, that nice young man from England was on his way home to see his little boy and was signing some autographs. For no particular reason at all, somebody shot him.

EXT. STUDIO - LATER

A guard lets Forrest out a side entrance door. Forrest steps, an then stops as he hears s man sitting in a wheelchair speak to him.

LT. DAN They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor.

FORREST Now that's Lieutenant Dan. Lieutenant Dan!

Forrest looks at Lt. Dan. He is a dirty with long hair.

LT. DAN They gave you the Congressional Medal of Honor!

FORREST Yes sir, they sure did.

LT. DAN They gave you an imbecile, a moron who goes on television and makes a fool out himself in front of the whole damn country, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

FORREST Yes, sir.

LT. DAN Well, then, that's just perfect! Yeah, well I just got one thing to say to that. Goddamn bless America.

Lt. Dan's wheelchair begins to slide down the ramp and spins around on the icy ground. Forrest looks down at Lt. Dan crashes at the bottom of the ramp.

FORREST Lieutenant Dan!

EXT. NEW YORK CITY STREETS - NIGHT

Taxi cabs crowd the street as Forrest pushes Lt. Dan along the sidewalk.

FORREST (V.O.) Lieutenant Dan said he was living in a hotel. And because he didn't have no legs, he spent most of his time exercising his arms.

LT. DAN Take a right, take a right.

A taxi driver honks his horn as Forrest wheels Lt. Dan out in front of the taxi.

TAXI DRIVER #1 Hey! Come on already!

LT. DAN Ah!

FORREST What are you doing here in New York, Lieutenant Dan?

LT. DAN I'm living off the government tit. Sucking it dry.

A taxi skids to a stop, almost hitting them as they cross the street. The taxi honks at Lt. Dan. Lt. Dan slaps the bumper of the taxi.

LT. DAN Hey! Hey! Hey! Are you blind? I'm walking here! Ah, get out...

TAXI DRIVER #2 Why don't you go home before you kill yourself? Get out of the way!

LT. DAN Come on, go! Go! Go!

EXT. LT. DAN'S HOTEL ROOM - LATER

A Bob Hope Christmas special in Vietnam on television. Lt. Dan and Forrest watch the television.

FORREST (V.O.) I stayed with Lieutenant Dan and celebrated the holidays.

BOB HOPE You have a great year and hurry home. God bless you.

LT. DAN Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?

FORREST I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.

Lt. Dan chuckles, drinks the rest of a bottle of wine and tosses it down. He looks at Forrest. He wheels himself over to television and turns it off.

LT. DAN That's all these cripples, down at the V.A., that's all they ever talk about.

Lt. Dan picks up another bottle of port wine, but it is empty. He tosses it onto the floor.

LT. DAN Jesus this and Jesus that. Have I found Jesus? They even had a priest come and talk to me. He said God is listening, but I have to help myself. Now, if I accept Jesus into my heart, I'll get to walk beside him in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Lt. Dan tosses the empty liquor bottle down and picks another bottle. He becomes enraged as he throws the bottle and looks at Forrest.

LT. DAN Did you hear what I said? Walk beside him in the Kingdom of Heaven. Well, kiss my crippled ass. God is listening. What a crock of shit.

FORREST I'm going to heaven, Lieutenant Dan.

LT. DAN Huh? Ah, well, before you go, why don't you get your ass down to the corner and get us another bottle of wine.

FORREST Yes, sir.

INT. TIMES SQUARE BAR - NIGHT

A television shows DICK CLARK as he emcees the Times Square New York Eve celebration.

DICK CLARK We are at approximately 45th Street in New York City at One Astor Plaza. This is the site of the old Astor Hotel. Down below us, well over a hundred thousand people are milling about, cheering with horns and whistles and hats...

LT. DAN What the hell's in Bayou La Batre?

FORREST Shrimpin' boats.

LT. DAN Shrimpin' boats? Who gives a shit about shrimpin' boats?

FORREST I gotta buy me one of them shrimpin' boats as soon as I have some money. I made me a promise to Bubba in Vietnam, that as soon as the war was over, we'd go in partners. He'd be the captain of the shrimpin' boat and I'd be his first mate. But now that he's dead, that means that I gotta be the captain.

LT. DAN A shrimp boat captain.

FORREST Yes, sir. A promise is a promise, Lieutenant Dan.

LT. DAN Now hear this! Private Gump here is gonna be a shrimp boat captain. Well, I tell you what, Gilligan, the day that you are a shrimp boat captain, I will come and be your first mate.

FORREST Okay.

LT. DAN If you're ever a shrimp boat captain, that's the day I'm an astronaut.

Two sleazy women, named LENORE and CARLA, walk up to Lt. Dan.

LENORE Danny, what are you complaining about?

CARLA What are you doing, huh?

LENORE Mr. Hot Wheels. Who's your friend?

FORREST My name is Forrest, Forrest Gump.

LT. DAN This is Cunning Carla, and Long-Limbs Lenore.

Carla puts a "Happy New Year" crown on Lt. Dan's head. Lenore fixes her makeup.

CARLA So where you been, baby-cakes, huh? Haven't seen you around lately. You know, you should have been here for Christmas 'cause Tommy bought a round on the house and gave everybody a turkey sandwich.

LT. DAN Well, well, I had, uh, company.

LENORE Hey, hey! We was, we was just there. That's at Times Square.

Lenore leans and speaks into Forrest's ear.

LENORE Don't you just love New Year's? You get to start all over.

CARLA Hey, Lenore.

LENORE Everybody gets a second chance.

FORREST (V.O.) It's funny, but in the middle of all that fun, I began to think about Jenny.

DICK CLARK (on television) ...getting wild out there. It's beginning to...

INT. APARTMENT/L.A. - NIGHT

The New Year's Eve celebration over the T.V.

DICK CLARK (over television) ...pour here in Times Square. It's been off-and-on all night, but these people hang in there.

Jenny fills her bag with her belongings.

FORREST (V.O.) Wondering how she was spending her New Year's night out in California.

A man lies passed out on the bed. Jenny looks at her black eye in a mirror, then leaves the apartment. The TV shows the ball in Times Square.

CROWD (over television)

INT. TIMES SQUARE BAR - NIGHT

The ball is lowered, lighting up a sign that reads "1972."

CROWD (over television) ...1! Happy New Year!

The people in the bar cheer and kiss each other. They blow horns and toss confetti into the air. Forrest looks around as Carla and Lenore lean over and kiss him.

PATRONS (sing) "Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind...

FORREST Happy New Year, Lieutenant Dan!

PATRONS (sing) Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne."

INT. LT. DAN'S HOTEL ROOM - LATER

Carla removes her top and sits on top of Dan in his wheelchair. They kiss and play around. Forrest sits in a chair. Lenore leaps on him and begins to kiss Forrest. She reaches down to Forrest's crotch. Forrest stands up nervously, causing Lenore to fall down on the floor. Lenore stands up, angry.

LENORE What are you, stupid or something? What's your problem? What's his problem? Did you lose your pecker in the war or something?

CARLA What, is your friend stupid or something?

LT. DAN What did you say?

CARLA I said, is your friend stupid or something?

LT. DAN Hey! Don't call him stupid!

Lt. Dan throws Carla back onto the bed.

CARLA Don't push me like that!

LENORE Hey, don't you push her!

LT. DAN You shut up! Don't you ever call him stupid!

CARLA What's the matter, baby? Why you treating me like shit?

LT. DAN Get the hell out of here!

LENORE You stupid gimp. You belong in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not."

LT. DAN Get the hell out of here! Go on!

LENORE You should be in a side show!

LT. DAN Go on! Get out of here! Get out of here!

LENORE You big loser!

CARLA Come on, Lenore. We don't need this shit!

LENORE You're so pathetic.

LT. DAN Get out of here!

Lt. Dan falls out of his wheelchair and lands down on the floor. Carla and Lenore laugh as they leave the apartment.

CARLA You retard!

LENORE You loser! You freak!

Forrest tries to help Lt. Dan. Lt. Dan pushes Forrest away.

LT. DAN No!

Forrest steps back as Lt. Dan flips back over, then pulls himself back up onto his wheelchair. He breathes heavily.

FORREST I'm sorry I ruined your New Year's Eve party, Lieutenant Dan. She tastes like cigarettes.

FORREST (V.O.) I guess Lieutenant Dan figured there's some things you just can't change. He didn't want to be called crippled, just like I didn't want to be called stupid.

LT. DAN Happy New Year.

EXT. WHITE HOUSE - NIGHT

An ANCHORMAN reports in front of the White House.

ANCHORMAN The U.S. Ping-Pong Team met with President Nixon today at an Oval Office ceremony...

FORREST (V.O.) And wouldn't you know it...

PRESENT - BUS STOP

Forrest looks at the fat man on the bus bench.

FORREST ...a few months later they invited me and the ping-pong team to visit the White House. So I went again. And I met the President of the United States again.

INT. WHITE HOUSE - DAY

A plaque, presented to Forrest, reads "Presented to Forrest Gump, member of the United States table tennis team as player of the year for 1971. President NIXON holds the plaque.

FORREST (V.O.) Only this time they didn't get us rooms in a real fancy hotel.

PRESIDENT NIXON So are you enjoying yourself in our national capital, young man?

FORREST Yes, sir.

PRESIDENT NIXON Well, where are you staying?

FORREST It's called the Hotel Ebbott.

PRESIDENT NIXON Oh, no, no, no, no. I know of a much nicer hotel. It's brand-new. Very modern. I'll have my people take care of it for you.

INT. WATERGATE HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

Forrest speaks on the phone.

SECURITY GUARD Security, Frank Wills.

Forrest steps over to a window. Flashlights are moving around in an office across from Forrest's room.

FORREST Yeah, sir, you might want to send a maintenance man over to that office across the way. The lights are off, and they must be looking for the fuse box or something, 'cause them flashlights they're, they're keeping me awake.

SECURITY GUARD Okay, sir. I'll check it out.

FORREST Thank you.

SECURITY GUARD No problem.

FORREST Good night.

SECURITY GUARD Good night.

Forrest hangs up the phone. The camera tilts down, revealing the hotel stationary, which reads "The Watergate Hotel."

INT. GYMNASIUM - DAY

President Nixon makes a resignation speech on TV.

PRESIDENT NIXON (over television) Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon tomorrow.

The television cuts to a shot of President Nixon standing outside Air Force One with his hands in the peace sign.

PRESIDENT NIXON (over television) Vice President Ford will be sworn in as President at that hour in this office. As I recall the high hopes for America with which we began this second term, I feel a great sadness that I will not be here in this office...

Forrest is playing ping-pong by himself at the gymnasium. An officer steps up to him.

OFFICER Sergeant Gump!

FORREST Yes, sir!

OFFICER As you were. I have your discharge papers. Your service is up, son.

The officer hands Forrest an envelope, then walks away.

FORREST Does this mean I can't play ping pong no more?

OFFICER For the Army it does.

FORREST (V.O.) And just like that, my service in the United States Army was over. So I went home.

Forrest takes his paddle and runs out of the gymnasium.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY

Mrs. Gump walks out of the house and smiles. Forrest walks up to the house, wearing his uniform.

FORREST I'm home, Momma.

MRS. GUMP I know, I know.

INT. GUMP HOUSE

Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk into the house.

MRS. GUMP Louise, he's here. He's here, everybody.

FORREST (V.O.) Now, when I got home, I had no idea that Momma had had all sorts of visitors.

In the house are stacks of ping-pong paddles and life-sized cardboard cutouts of Forrest playing ping-pong. The name on the ping-pong paddles boxes reads: "Gump-Mao table tennis."

MRS. GUMP We've had all sorts of visitors, Forrest. Everybody wants you to use their ping-pong stuff. One man even left a check for twenty-five thousand dollars if you'd be agreeable to saying you like using their paddle.

FORREST Oh, Momma. I only like using my own paddle. Hi, Miss Louise.

LOUISE Hey, Forrest.

MRS. GUMP I know that. I know that. But it's twenty-five thousand dollars, Forrest. I thought maybe you could hold it for a while, see if it grows on you. Oh, you look good, Forrest. You look real good.

FORREST (V.O.) That Momma, she sure was right. It's funny how things work out.

EXT. BAYOU LA BATRE/BUBBA'S MOM'S HOUSE - DAY

Forrest walks up to a shack on the edge of the Bayou. A group of black kids play in the front yard.

FORREST (V.O.) I didn't stay home for long, because I'd made a promise to Bubba. And I always try to keep my promise. So I went on down to Bayou La Batre to meet Bubba's family and make their introduction.

Bubba's mother named MRS. BLUE and her other children look at Forrest.

MRS. BLUE Are you crazy, or just plain stupid?

FORREST Stupid is as stupid does, Mrs. Blue.

MRS. BLUE I guess.

EXT. BUBBA'S GRAVE - DAY

Forrest steps over to Bubba's tombstone.

FORREST (V.O.) And of course, I paid my respect to Bubba himself.

FORREST Hey, Bubba, it's me, Forrest Gump. I remember everything you said, and I got it all figured out.

Forrest pulls out notes from his pocket.

FORREST I'm taking the twenty-four thousand, five hundred and six-two dollars and forty-seven cents that I got...

EXT. BAYOU - DAY

Forrest walks across a yard where men are cleaning shrimp.

FORREST (V.O.) ...well, that's left after a new hair cut and a new suit and I took Momma out to real fancy dinner and I bought a bus ticket and three Doctor Peppers.

Forrest walks along a wooden pier. Forrest pays an old black shrimper a large wad of cash.

OLD SHRIMPER Tell me something. Are you stupid or something?

FORREST Stupid is as stupid does, sir.

EXT. BUBBA'S GRAVE

Forrest stands at the grave.

FORREST Well, that's what's left after me saying, "When I was in China on the All-America Ping-Pong Team, I just loved playing ping-pong with my Flex- O-Ping-Pong Paddle." Which everybody knows it isn't true, but Momma says it's just a little white lie so it wouldn't hurt nobody. So, anyway, I'm putting all that on gas, ropes and new nets and a brand-new shrimpin' boat.

EXT. BAYOU - DAY

Forrest steers his shrimping boat. The boat is old and rusty.

Forrest unleashes his nets as his catch of the day drops to the deck. It is a bunch of garbage and shells. Forrest picks up one shrimp.

FORREST (V.O.) Now, Bubba had told me everything he knows about shrimpin', but you know what I found out? Shrimpin' is tough.

EXT. DOCKS

Forrest pulls a couple of shrimp out of a bucket.

FORREST I only caught five.

OLD SHRIMPER A couple of more, you can have yourself a cocktail.

The old shrimper begins to walk away, then stops and looks at Forrest.

OLD SHRIMPER Hey, you ever think about namin' this old boat?

FORREST (V.O.) I'd never named a boat before, but there was only one I could think of.

Forrest paints a name on the side of his boat. The name is "Jenny."

FORREST (V.O.) The most beautiful name in the wide world.

INT. DISCO

Disco lights flash and people dance. A guy asks a girl to dance.

GIRL Okay.

Jenny sits at a table with some other people. She is snorting cocaine.

FORREST (V.O.) Now, I hadn't heard from Jenny in a long while. But...

EXT. BAYOU LA BATRE - DAY

Forrest stands at the helm as the boat glides across the water.

FORREST (V.O.) But I thought about her a lot. And I hoped that whatever she was doing made her happy.

INT. APARTMENT - NIGHT

Drug paraphernalia and a large wad of cash are spread out on a table. A man drops a syringe on the table. He reaches over and touches Jenny. She is pale with dark lines under her eyes.

INT. BATHROOM

Jenny smears some lines of cocaine on a mirror. She looks at herself in the mirror.

EXT. BALCONY

Jenny steps out onto the high-rise balcony. She steps up on a table and stands on the edge of the balcony. A busy street lies many stories below. Jenny looks down to the intersection below.

She slips over the edge, regains her balance, turns and looks back at the intersection below, and begins to get down from the edge.

Jenny grabs a hold of the ledge and carefully climbs down.

She sits down on a chair. Jenny rocks back and forth as she cries. She looks up at the sky.

EXT. BAYOU LA BATRE/FORREST'S BOAT - NIGHT

The moon shines above in the sky. Forrest lies in a hammock on his boat.

FORREST (V.O.) I thought about Jenny all the time.

EXT. FORREST'S BOAT/BAYOU DOCK - DAY

Forrest stands at the helm of his boat and slowly glides by the docks. Forrest looks around and notices something and bends down to get a clear view. Lt. Dan sits in his wheelchair on the deck. Forrest looks at Lt. Dan. He smiles, surprised.

FORREST Hi!

Forrest leaps off of his moving boat and into the water. The boat continues as Forrest clumsily swims. Lt. Dan sits in his wheelchair at the edge of the dock. Forrest flails his arms as he swims up to the dock. Lt. Dan waits for Forrest, smoking a cigar. Forrest climbs up a ladder onto the dock.

FORREST Lieutenant Dan, what are you doing here?

LT. DAN Well, I thought I'd try out my sea legs.

FORREST Well, you ain't got no legs, Lieutenant Dan.

LT. DAN Well, well, Captain Forrest Gump. I had to see this for myself. And I told you if you were ever a shrimp boat captain, that I'd be your first mate. Well, here I am. I am a man of my word.

FORREST Okay.

Forrest shakes Lt. Dan's hand.

LT. DAN Yeah, but don't you be thinking that I'm gonna be calling you sir.

FORREST No, sir.

Forrest's boat glides, crushing a dock. Forrest and Lt. Dan look at it.

FORREST That's my boat.

EXT. BAYOU LA BATRE WATERS - DAY

Forrest's shrimping boat is alone on the gulf waters.

LT. DAN I have a feeling if we head the east, we'll find some shrimp. So, take a left. Take a left.

Forrest looks up. Lt. Dan is sitting in the rigging.

FORREST Which way?

LT. DAN Over there! They're over there! Get, get on the wheel and take a left!

FORREST Okay.

LT. DAN Gump, what are you doing? Take a left! Left! That's where we're gonna find those shrimp, my boy! That's where we'll find 'em.

Forrest empties the net. Their "catch" is debris that falls to the deck.

FORREST Still no shrimp, Lieutenant Dan.

LT. DAN Okay, so I was wrong.

FORREST Well, how we gonna find them?

LT. DAN Well, maybe you should just pray for shrimp.

INT. SMALL CHURCH - DAY

The all-black gospel choir sings and claps their hands.

FORREST (V.O.) So I went to church every Sunday...

Lt. Dan is sitting in his chair at the back of the church. He takes swigs from a liquor bottle.

FORREST (V.O.) Sometimes Lieutenant Dan came, too. Though I think he left the praying up to me.

EXT. BOAT - ANOTHER DAY

A catch of junk is dumped onto the deck. Lt. Dan lowers himself from the rigging.

FORREST No shrimp.

LT. DAN Where the hell's this God of yours?

The wind begins to blow strong.

FORREST (V.O.) It's funny Lieutenant Dan said that, 'cause right then, God showed up.

EXT. BOAT - NIGHT

Water sprays on deck during a hurricane. Lt. Dan on the rigging, shouts and shakes his fist as he is pelted by wind and rain.

LT. DAN You'll never sink this boat!

FORREST (V.O.) Now me, I was scared. But Lieutenant Dan, he was mad.

LT. DAN Come on! You call this a storm?

Forrest slides back and forth as he attempts to steer the boat.

LT. DAN Blow, you son-of-a-bitch! Blow! It's time for a showdown! You and me. I'm right here. Come and get me! You'll never sink this boat!

INT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY

An ANCHORMAN over TV, is standing in front of a pier.

ANCHORMAN (over television) Hurricane Carmen came through here yesterday...

EXT. BAYOU DOCKS - DAY

The anchorman is standing in front of the ruined pier and boats.

ANCHORMAN ...destroying nearly everything in its path. And as in other towns up and down the coast, Bayou La Batre's entire shrimping industry...

INT. GUMP HOUSE

ANCHORMAN ...has fallen victim to Carmen and has been left in utter ruin. Speaking with local officials, this reporter has learned, in fact, only one shrimping boat actually survived the storm.

Forrest's boat comes down the river.

MRS. GUMP Louise. Louise, there's Forrest!

FORREST (V.O.) After that, shrimpin' was easy.

FORREST'S BOAT - DAY

Lt. Dan and Forrest empty their net. A huge catch of shrimp falls onto the deck. Lt. Dan opens another big catch.

Another catch drops open on top of yet another huge catch.

Forrest and Lt. Dan smile.

FORREST (V.O.) And since people still needed them shrimps for shrimp cocktails and barbecues and all...

EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT

The man sitting on the bench listens to Forrest. An ELDERLY WOMAN sits next to the man.

FORREST ...and we were the only boat left standing "Bubba-Gump" shrimp's what they got. We got a whole bunch of boats. Twelve Jenny's, a big ol' warehouse, we even have hats that says "Bubba-Gump" on 'em. "Bubba- Gump Shrimp." It's a household name.

MAN Hold on there, boy. Are you telling me you're the owner of the Bubba- Gump Shrimp Corporation?

FORREST Yes, sir. We've got more money than Davy Crocket.

MAN Boy, I've heard some whoppers in my time, but that tops them all. We was sitting next to a millionaire!

The man laughs as he walks away.

ELDERLY WOMAN Well, I thought it was a very lovely story. And you tell it so well. With such enthusiasm.

FORREST Would you like to see what Lieutenant Dan looks like?

ELDERLY WOMAN Well, yes, I would!

Forrest shows her the cover of a "Fortune" magazine with Forrest and Lt. Dan on the cover.

FORREST That's him right there.

The elderly woman looks at the magazine and at Forrest with surprise.

FORREST And let me tell you something about Lieutenant Dan.

EXT. BOAT/DECK - DAY

Forrest and Lt. Dan are working on the boat.

LT. DAN Forrest, I never thanked you for saving my life.

Forrest looks a little surprised. Lt. Dan smiles, then looks away. Lt. Dan pulls himself out of his chair to the railing and jumps into the water.

FORREST (V.O.) He never actually said so, but I think he made his peace with God.

EXT. BOAT

Forrest and Lt. Dan have dinner on the deck. The television shows an assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford.

ANCHORMAN (over television) For the second time in seventeen days, President Ford escaped possible assassination today when a woman, Sarah Jane Moore, fired on him as he stepped out of a hotel in San Francisco.

MARGO (over radio) Base to Jenny One. Base to Jenny One.

LT. DAN Jenny One, go Margo.

MARGO (over radio) Forrest has a phone call.

LT. DAN Yeah, well you'll have to tell them to call him back. He is indisposed at the moment.

MARGO (over radio) His momma's sick.

ANCHORMAN (over television) Lynett Alice Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson better known as "Squeaky," attempted to assassinate the President as he was...

Forrest dives into the water as he reacts.

EXT. ROAD/GUMP HOUSE - DAY

Forrest carries a suitcase as he runs down the road. Forrest runs past the row of mailboxes and turns into the drive.

Louise and others are on the front porch.

FORREST Where's Momma?

LOUISE She's upstairs.

INT. GUMP HOUSE - WOMAN'S BED ROOM

Forrest opens the door, the doctor stands next to Mrs. Gump in bed.

MRS. GUMP Hi, Forrest.

DOCTOR I'll see you tomorrow.

MRS. GUMP Oh, all right.

The doctor looks down at Forrest's legs.

DOCTOR We sure got you straightened out, didn't we, boy?

The doctor leaves and closes the door. Forrest takes off his hat and steps over to her.

FORREST What's the matter, Momma?

MRS. GUMP I'm dyin', Forrest. Come on in, sit down over here.

FORREST Why are you dyin', Momma?

MRS. GUMP It's my time. It's just my time. Oh, now, don't you be afraid, sweetheart. Death is just a part of life. It's something we're all destined to do. I didn't know it, but I was destined to be your momma. I did the best I could.

FORREST You did good, Momma.

MRS. GUMP Well, I happened to believe you make your own destiny. You have to do the best with what God gave you.

FORREST What's my destiny, Momma?

MRS. GUMP You're gonna have to figure that out for yourself. Life is a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get.

FORREST (V.O.) Momma always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them.

MRS. GUMP I will miss you, Forrest.

FORREST (V.O.) She had got the cancer and died on a Tuesday. I bought her a new hat with little flowers on it.

EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT

The elderly woman and Forrest sit. The woman is crying and wipes her eyes with a hankie.

FORREST And that's all I have to say about that.

A bus stops. Forrest looks at the elderly woman.

FORREST Didn't you say you were waiting for the Number Seven bus?

ELDERLY WOMAN There'll be another one along shortly.

FORREST Now, because I had been a football star, and a war hero, and a national celebrity, and a shrimpin' boat captain, and a college graduate, the city of fathers of Greenbow, Alabama, decided to get together and offered me a fine job.

EXT. FOOTBALL FIELD - DAY

Forrest rides a lawn tractor as he moves the football field lawn.

FORREST (V.O.) So, I never went back to work for Lieutenant Dan.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE MAILBOXES

Forrest takes out a letter and opens it.

FORREST (V.O.) Though he did take care of my Bubba- Gump money. He got me invested in some kind of fruit company. And so then I got a call from him saying we don't have to worry about money no more.

EXT. BUS STOP

FORREST And I said, "That's good. One less thing."

INT. CHURCH - DAY The choir and members are singing.

FORREST (V.O.) Now, Momma said there's only so much fortune a man really needs...

EXT. CHURCH

The sign reads: "Four Square Baptist Church." A new cross is placed on the steeple. New furniture is taken inside.

REVEREND Praise the Lord.

FORREST (V.O.) ...and the rest is just for showing off. So, I gave a whole bunch of it to the Four Square Gospel Church.

EXT. HOSPITAL - DAY

The sign reads: "Gump Medical Center Bayou La Batre, Alabama."

The ribbon-cutting ceremony.

FORREST (V.O.) And I gave a whole bunch to the Bayou La Batre Fishing Hospital.

EXT. BUBBA'S MOM'S HOUSE

A postman delivers a letter to Bubba's mom. She opens the letter.

FORREST (V.O.) And even though Bubba was dead, and Lieutenant Dan said I was nuts. I gave Bubba's mommy Bubba's share.

She is surrounded by her many children. She looks at the check and faints.

EXT. BUS STOP

FORREST And you know what...

INT. FLORIDA CONDO

A door opens as a white woman serves Bubba's mom some shrimp.

FORREST (V.O.) She didn't have to work in nobody's kitchen no more.

MRS. BLUE Smells wonderful!

EXT. FOOTBALL FIELD

Forrest rides the mower.

FORREST (V.O.) And 'cause I was godzillionaire and I liked doing it so much. I cut that grass for free.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE BALCONY - NIGHT

Forrest looks down the road as he steps onto the porch.

FORREST (V.O.) But at nighttime, when there was nothing to do and the house was all empty, I'd always think of Jenny.

Jenny's image walks, then vanishes. Forrest looks away. He turns and walks into the house.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY

Jenny walks across the lawn to Forrest.

FORREST (V.O.) And then, she was there.

JENNY Hello, Forrest.

FORREST Hello, Jenny.

FORREST (V.O.) Jenny came back and stayed with me.

INT. GUMP HOUSE

Jenny lies asleep in bed.

FORREST (V.O.) Maybe it was because she had nowhere else to go. Or maybe it was because she was so tired, because she went to bed and slept and slept like she hadn't slept in years. It was wonderful having her home.

EXT. COUNTRYSIDE - DAY

Forrest and Jenny walking.

FORREST (V.O.) Every day we'd take a walk, and I'd jabber on like a monkey in a tree. And she'd listen about ping-pong and shrimpin' boats and Momma makin' a trip to heaven. I did all the talkin'. Jenny most of the time was real quiet.

FORREST ...big ol' gobs of rain and little bitty stinging rain and rain...

Jenny's old house stands at the end of the dirt road. It appears to be deserted. Jenny walks toward the house and stops. She stares at the house. Forrest walks toward Jenny.

Jenny suddenly heaves a rock angrily at the house. She throws other things at the house.

JENNY How could you do this?

She breaks a window. Jenny collapses to the ground and sobs.

Forrest knees down next to her.

FORREST (V.O.) Sometimes I guess there just aren't enough rocks.

EXT. OLD OAK TREE - DAY

Jenny and Forrest sit on a limb together.

FORREST (V.O.) I never really knew why she came back, but I didn't care. It was like olden times. We was like peas and carrots again.

INT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY

Jenny sits by the vase of flowers and look out the window.

FORREST (V.O.) Every day I'd pick pretty flowers and put them in her room for her.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY

Forrest closes his eyes as he sits on the porch. Jenny places a box of Nike running shoes in his lap.

FORREST (V.O.) And she gave me the best gift anyone could ever get in the wide world.

JENNY Okay, you can open your eyes.

FORREST New shoes.

JENNY They make them just for running.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT

Through the windows, Forrest and Jenny are dancing as it rains outside.

FORREST (V.O.) And she even showed me how to dance. And, well, we was like family... Jenny and me.

EXT. RIVER - NIGHT

Jenny and Forrest sit on a log together and look at the river.

Jenny places her arms around Forrest.

FORREST (V.O.) And it was the happiest time of my life.

The fireworks explode in the sky.

INT. GUMP'S HOUSE - NIGHT

The Statue of Liberty is shown on the TV. Fireworks go off.

Forrest and Jenny are watching the 4th of July celebration on TV.

ANNOUNCER (over television) And this Fourth is witnessing one of the largest fireworks displays in the nation's two-hundred year history...

JENNY You done watching it?

FORREST Mm-hmm.

ANNOUNCER (over television) ...here in New York Harbor. After the spectacular display of tall ships earlier, the Statue of Liberty...

Jenny stands up and kisses Forrest on the cheek.

JENNY I'm going to bed.

Jenny turns off the TV and walks outside. Forrest stands as he puts down his Dr. Pepper. Jenny walks toward the stairs.

FORREST Will you marry me? I'd make a good husband, Jenny.

JENNY You would, Forrest.

FORREST But you won't marry me.

JENNY You don't want to marry me.

FORREST Why don't you love me, Jenny? I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is.

Forrest turns and walks toward the door. Jenny turns and walks up the stairs. Forrest stands outside.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT

The house stands in the rain.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT

Forrest lies in his bed as the door opens. Jenny gets into bed next to Forrest.

FORREST Jenny?

JENNY Forrest, I do love you.

Jenny and Forrest kiss. Jenny takes off her nightgown as they make love.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE - MORNING

Jenny carries her purse and walks toward a waiting cab.

CAB DRIVER Where are you running off to?

JENNY I'm not running.

INT. GUMP HOUSE

The cab drives away as Forrest is asleep in his bed. The Congressional Medal lies on a table by a ping-pong paddle.

Forrest holds a glass of milk and wears his bathrobe. He looks at the medal he had give to Jenny. Jenny's bed is made. Forrest stands in the doorway looking at the room and bed where Jenny had been.

EXT. FRONT PORCH - DAY

Forrest sit on a rocking chair with his running shoes on. He is still, as if in a trance. He slowly puts on his Bubba- Gump cap. Forrest stands. He walks off the porch. He begins to jog across the lawn. His speed increases as he runs farther away. Forrest runs down the drive away from his house.

FORREST (V.O.) That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.

Forrest runs to the end of the drive, then turns right and runs down the highway.

FORREST (V.O.) So I ran to the end of the road, and when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town.

INT. BARBER SHOP - DAY

The three men sit as they watch the television. Forrest runs through the main street of town.

NEWSCASTER President Carter, suffering from heat exhaustion fell into the arms of security agents.

FORREST (V.O.) And when I got there...

EXT. ALABAMA ROAD

The sign reads "Entering Greenbow County."

FORREST (V.O.) ...I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great...

Forrest runs by a sign that reads "Mississippi welcomes you. The Magnolia State."

FORREST (V.O.) ...state of Alabama. And that's what I did I ran clear across Alabama.

EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT

FORREST For no particular reason, I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean.

EXT. SANTA MONICA - DAY

The sign reads "Santa Monica yacht harbor sports fishing - boating - cafes." Forrest runs under the sign and onto the pier.

FORREST (V.O.) And when I got there, I figured since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going.

EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN

Forrest runs to a pier at the Atlantic Ocean.

FORREST (V.O.) When I got to another ocean, I figured since I've gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.

Forrest runs across the pier. A lighthouse stands at the end of the pier.

FORREST (V.O.) When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate.

EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT

FORREST When I had to go, you know, I went.

ELDERLY WOMAN And so, you just ran?

FORREST Yeah.

EXT. HIGHWAY

Forrest is running along the highway. Forrest runs down a road between field of wheat. A Mountain river. Forrest runs across a cobble-stone bridge. The Rocky Mountains are behind him in distance. Forrest runs through some meadowland.

Split rail fences line the road.

FORREST (V.O.) I'd think a lot about Momma and Bubba, and Lieutenant Dan, but most of all, I thought about Jenny. I thought about her a lot.

EXT. BARBER SHOP

The three men in the barber shop watch the news on television.

NEWSCASTER For more than two years now, a man named Forrest Gump, a gardener from Greenbow, Alabama, stopping only to sleep, has been running across America.

INT. COFFEE SHOP

Jenny fills customer's coffee cups.

NEWSCASTER Charles Cooper brings us this report.

NEWSMAN For the fourth time on his journey across America, Forrest Gump, a gardener from Greenbow, Alabama, is about to cross the Mississippi River again today.

The TV shows Forrest runs across a bridge that reads "Mississippi River."

JENNY I'll be damned. Forrest...

EXT. MISSISSIPPI BRIDGE

NEWSMAN Sir, why are you running?

1ST REPORTER Why are you running?

2ND REPORTER Are you doing this for world peace?

3RD REPORTER Are you doing this for women's right?

NEWSMAN Or for the environment?

REPORTER Or for animals?

3RD REPORTER Or for nuclear arms?

FORREST (V.O.) They just couldn't believe that somebody would do all that running for no particular reason.

2ND REPORTER Why are you doing this?

FORREST I just felt like running.

EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT

FORREST I just left like running.

EXT. SMALL EASTERN TOWN

Forrest runs as a YOUNG MAN runs up to him.

YOUNG MAN It's you. I can't believe it's really you.

EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT

FORREST Now, for some reason what I was doing seemed to make sense to people.

EXT. SMALL EASTERN TOWN

The young man jobs behind Forrest.

YOUNG MAN I mean, it was like an alarm went off in my head, you know. I said, here's a guy that's got his act together. Here's somebody who's got it, all figured out. Here's somebody who has the answer. I'll follow you anywhere, Mr. Gump.

FORREST (V.O.) So, I got company.

Forrest runs up a slope on a high mountain road. A group of people are jogging behind him.

FORREST (V.O.) And after that I got more company. And then...

A large group jogs behind Forrest across the desert road.

FORREST (V.O.) ...even more people joined in. Somebody later told me...

EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT

FORREST ...it gave people hope. Now... Now, I don't know anything about that, but...

Forrest and his followers job through a small town. A man runs up and talks to Forrest.

FORREST (V.O.) Some of those people asked me if I could help them out.

AGING HIPPIE Hey, man, hey, listen. I was wondering if you might help me, huh? Listen, I'm in the bumper sticker business and I've been trying to think up a good slogan. And since you have been such a big inspiration to the people around here, I thought you might be able to help me jump into... Whoa! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dogshit!

The hippie jumps over the "dogshit" as he runs along Forrest.

FORREST It happens.

AGING HIPPIE What, shit?

FORREST Sometimes.

The hippie stops to ponder this profound thought.

FORREST (V.O.) And some years later I heard that fella did come up with a bumper sticker slogan...

A bumper sticker reads "Shit Happens."

FORREST (V.O.) ...and he make a lot of money off of it.

The truck with the bumper sticker drives into an intersection.

It collides with a car.

EXT. TRUCK STOP

Forrest runs, followed by his group, as a man runs up to him.

FORREST (V.O.) Another time I was running along, somebody who had lost all his money in the T-shirt business, and he wanted to put my face on a T-shirt, but he couldn't draw that well and he didn't have a camera.

WILD-EYED MAN I think it would be really fortunate for me if I could get your name on these, oh, your face and name on these T-shirts. It would be wonderful.

A truck splashes mud onto Forrest as it goes by. The man hands Forrest a yellow T-shirt to use as a rag to wipe the mud off.

WILD-EYED MAN Here, use this one. Nobody likes that color anyway.

Forrest wipes his face on the towel and hands it back to the man.

FORREST Have a nice day.

The man looks at the T-shirt. He holds it up displaying the "Happy Face."

FORREST (V.O.) And some years later I found out that that man did come up with a idea for a T-shirt and he made a lot of money off of it.

EXT. MONUMENT VALLEY

Forrest runs with a group that follows behind him.

FORREST (V.O.) Anyway, like I was saying, I had a lot of company. My Momma always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that's what my running was all about. I had run for three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours.

Forrest stops running. The group stops behind him. Forrest stands and looks as the group waits expectantly. Forrest turns and look.

YOUNG MAN Quiet. Quiet, he's gonna say something.

FORREST I'm pretty tired. I think I'll go home now.

Forrest walks toward the group. The group parts for Forrest as he walks down the middle of the road.

YOUNG MAN Now what are we supposed to do?

FORREST (V.O.) And just like that, my running days was over. So, I went home to Alabama.

A television shows President Reagan and his staff as they react to gunshots in front of a limo.

NEWSCASTER (over television) Moments ago, at two twenty-five p.m., as President Reagan was leaving the Washington Hilton Hotel...

INT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY

Forrest sits eating a sandwich, watching the news of the assassination attempt.

NEWSCASTER ...five or six gunshots were fired by an unknown would-be assassin. The President was shot in the chest and the assailant was immediately tackled by a half a dozen lawmen. As the Presidential...

LOUISE I picked up the mail.

FORREST Oh, thank you, Miss, Miss Louise.

FORREST (V.O.) One day, out of the blue clear sky, I got a letter from Jenny...

EXT. BUS STOP - PRESENT

Forrest takes the letter out of his pocket.

FORREST ...wondering if I could come down to Savannah to see her, and that's what I'm doing here. She saw me on TV, running, I'm supposed to go on the Number Nine bus to Richmond Street and get off and go one block left to 1-9-4-7 Henry Street, Apartment 4.

The elderly woman looks at the letter.

ELDERLY WOMAN Why, you don't need to take a bus. Henry Street is just five or six blocks down that way.

FORREST Down that way?

ELDERLY WOMAN Down that way.

Forrest hastily grabs his suitcase and letter as he stands.

FORREST It was nice talking' to you.

Forrest runs, the elderly woman shouts from the bus stop bench. A truck honks its horn as Forrest runs across the street past the truck.

ELDERLY WOMAN I hope everything works out for you.

INT. JENNY'S APARTMENT - DAY

Jenny opens the door.

JENNY Hey! Forrest! How you doing?

FORREST Hi.

JENNY Come in. Come in.

FORREST I got your letter.

JENNY Oh, I was wondering about that.

Jenny shuts the door. Forrest looks around.

FORREST Is this your house?

JENNY Yeah, it's messy right now. I just got off work.

FORREST It's nice. You got air conditioning.

Forrest hands Jenny the box of chocolates.

FORREST Ah...

JENNY Thank you.

FORREST I ate some.

Jenny picks up a scrapbook and turns the pages.

JENNY Hey, I kept, I kept a scrapbook of your, of your clippings and everything. There you are. This, I got your running.

FORREST I ran a long way. For a long time.

JENNY There. Listen, Forrest. I don't know how to say this. Um, I just... I want to apologize for anything that I ever did to you, 'cause I was messed up for a long time, and...

There is a knock at the door. LYNN MARIE enters as she opens the door.

LYNN MARIE Yoo-hoo.

JENNY Hey.

LYNN MARIE Hi.

Jenny grabs a young boy.

JENNY Hey, you. This is an old friend from Alabama.

LYNN MARIE Oh, how do you do?

JENNY Ah, listen, next week my schedule changes, so I'll be able to... but thanks for picking up.

LYNN MARIE No problem. Got to go, Jen. I'm double parked.

JENNY Okay.

Lynn Marie closes the door and waves bye to Forrest.

LYNN MARIE Bye.

JENNY Thanks. This is very good friend, Mr. Gump. Can you say hi to him?

LITTLE BOY Hello, Mr. Gump.

FORREST Hello.

LITTLE BOY Now, can I go watch TV now?

JENNY Yes, you can. Just keep it low.

The little boy runs into other room and picks up TV remote control.

FORREST You're a momma, Jenny.

JENNY I'm a momma. His name is Forrest.

FORREST Like me.

JENNY I named him after his Daddy.

FORREST He got a daddy named Forrest, too?

JENNY You're his daddy, Forrest.

Forrest continues to stare at Forrest Jr. Forrest then looks frightened and starts to back away.

JENNY Hey, Forrest, look at me. Look at me, Forrest. There's nothing you need to do, okay? You didn't do anything wrong. Okay?

Jenny turns and looks at Forrest Jr. in the other room.

JENNY Isn't he beautiful?

FORREST He's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. But... is, is he smart, or is he...

JENNY He's very smart. He's one of the smartest in his class.

Forrest breathes deep. He looks at Jenny, then at Forrest Jr.

JENNY Yeah, it's okay. Go talk to him.

Forrest walks into the room and sits down next to Forrest Jr. "Sesame Street" is on the TV.

BERT Oh, great.

ERNIE Hey, Bert, can you give me a hand?

BERT A hand? Well, yeah, what do you want, Ernie?

FORREST What are you watching.

FORREST JR. Bert and Ernie.

ERNIE Well, it's the first stage. Bert. It's planning to write a story, Bert. I have pencils right here to write with, Bert. Now, we got, uh, paper. I'll take that paper, Bert. See, we have the paper to write on.

EXT. PARK - DAY

Forrest and Jenny sit on a bench. Forrest Jr. swings behind them.

JENNY Forrest, I'm sick.

FORREST What, do you have a cough due to cold?

JENNY I have some kind virus. And the doctors don't, they don't know what it is. And there isn't anything they can do about it.

FORREST You could come home with me. Jenny, you and little Forrest could come stay at my house in Greenbow. I'll take care of you if you're sick.

JENNY Would you marry me, Forrest?

FORREST Okay.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE - DAY

A group has gathered on the lawn for the wedding. Louise walks up to Forrest.

MINISTER Please take your seats.

LOUISE Forrest, it's time to start.

Jenny walks out of the house. Forrest walks over to greet her. She wears a white dress. She walks up to Forrest and adjusts his necktie.

JENNY Hi. Your tie.

Lt. Dan is walking across the lawn. He uses a cane. A WOMAN is walking next to him.

FORREST Lieutenant Dan? Lieutenant Dan!

LT. DAN Hello, Forrest.

Jenny walks over to Forrest and Lt. Dan.

FORREST You got new legs. New legs!

LT. DAN Yeah, I got new legs.

Lt. Dan lifts his pant leg to display his metal leg.

LT. DAN Custom-made titanium alloy. It's what they use on the space shuttle.

FORREST Magic legs.

LT. DAN This is my fiancee, Susan.

FORREST Lieutenant Dan!

Susan shakes Forrest's hand.

SUSAN Hi, Forrest.

FORREST Lieutenant Dan, this is my Jenny.

JENNY Hey, it's nice to meet you, finally.

Jenny steps forward and kisses Lt. Dan's cheek. The group is seated as they watch Forrest and Jenny take vows on the front lawn. Forrest Jr. stands next to Jenny.

MINISTER Do you, Forrest, take Jenny to be your wife? Do you, Jenny, take Forrest to be your husband? If so, I pronounce you man and wife.

The wind blows fallen leaves across the ground. Jenny, Forrest, and Forrest Jr. walk toward the house. They all hold hands as they walk.

INT. GUMP HOUSE - MORNING

Forrest steps into Jenny's bedroom. He carries a tray with breakfast on it. Forrest looks at Jenny as she sleeps.

Slowly she wakes up and looks at Forrest.

FORREST Hey.

JENNY Hey.

Forrest sets the tray down next to Jenny as she sits up in bed. Forrest opens a window, then sits down next to the bed.

JENNY Hey, Forrest, were you scared in Vietnam?

FORREST Yes. Well, I, I don't know.

EXT. VIETNAM - FLASHBACK - NIGHT

Forrest looks up into the sky as the rain stops. Forrest removes his helmet. The stars emerge from behind the clouds.

FORREST (V.O.) Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out. And then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou...

EXT. BAYOU - FLASHBACK - SUNSET

Forrest stands on his boat and looks at a deep orange and red sunset.

FORREST (V.O.) There was over a million sparkles on the water. Like that mountain lake.

EXT. MOUNTAIN LAKE - FLASHBACK - DAY

Forrest runs along a highway. A lake reflects the mountains and the sky.

FORREST (V.O.) It was so clear, Jenny. It looks like there were two skies, one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up...

EXT. DESERT - FLASHBACK - SUNRISE

Forrest runs along a desert highway. The morning light casts an orange glow over the desert.

FORREST (V.O.) I couldn't tell where heavens stopped and the earth began. It was so beautiful.

INT. GUMP HOUSE - MORNING

Forrest looks at Jenny. Jenny looks out the window.

JENNY I wish I could have been there with you.

FORREST You were.

Jenny reaches over and takes Forrest's hand.

JENNY I love you.

FORREST (V.O.) You died on a Saturday morning.

EXT. JENNY'S GRAVE AT OLD OAK TREE - DAY

Forrest stands under the old oak tree where Jenny has been buried.

FORREST And I had you placed here under our tree.

Jenny's grave marker. Forrest tries to hold back his tears.

FORREST And I had that house of your father's bulldozed to the ground.

EXT. JENNY'S OLD HOUSE - DAY

Forrest watches as Jenny's dad's house is knocked down by a bulldozer.

FORREST (V.O.) Momma...

EXT. JENNY'S GRAVE

FORREST ...always said dyin' was a part of life.

Jenny's grave marker reads: JENNY GUMP July 16, 1945 -- March 22, 1982 Beloved Mother, Wife and Friend

FORREST I sure wish it wasn't. Little Forrest, he's doing just fine.

INT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT

Forrest Jr. reads a book to Forrest sitting next to him.

FORREST JR. (reading) "But he wasn't quite sure. Everywhere they went, the new guests...

FORREST (V.O.) About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner...

EXT. JENNY'S GRAVE

Forrest looks down as he sobs.

FORREST ...every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping pong.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE - NIGHT

Forrest tries to teach Forrest Jr. how to play ping-pong.

FORREST Okay...

FORREST (V.O.) He's really good.

FORREST Forrest, you go.

Forrest Jr. serves the ball, causing Forrest dive and miss it.

EXT. GUMP HOUSE/RIVER - DAY

Forrest and Forrest Jr. sit on a log by the river and fish.

FORREST (V.O.) We fish a lot.

EXT. JENNY'S GRAVE

Forrest looks down at the grave marker.

FORREST 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.

Forrest places the letter down at the grave marker, next to fresh flowers. The name on the envelope reads: "Mom." Forrest steps back and looks down at the grave.

FORREST 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.

As Forrest walks away, a flock of birds flies overhead and lands in the tree. Forrest turns and watches.

EXT. ROAD - MORNING

Forrest walks with Forrest Jr. for the bus. The bus drives toward them.

FORREST Here's your bus. Okay.

Forrest pulls "Curious George" out of Forrest Jr.'s backpack.

FORREST Hey, I know this.

FORREST JR. I'm gonna show that for show-and- tell because grandma used to read it to you.

Forrest looks at the book. The feather from the beginning of the movie drops out of the book, unnoticed.

FORREST My favorite book.

The bus comes to a stop. The door opens.

FORREST Well...

Forrest puts the book back into Forrest Jr.'s backpack and hands it to him.

FORREST ...okay. Hey, there you go.

Forrest Jr. walks toward the bus. Forrest stands up.

FORREST Hey, Forrest. Don't... I wanted to tell you I love you.

FORREST JR. I love you too, Daddy.

FORREST I'll be right here when you get back.

Forrest Jr. looks into the bus and at the bus driver. It is the same bus driver, only older now, who drove Forrest to school when he was a young boy.

SCHOOLD BUS DRIVER You understand this is the bus to school now, don't you?

FORREST JR. Of course, and you're Dorothy Harris and I'm Forrest Gump.

Forrest Jr. looks over and waves to his father. Forrest nods approvingly.

Forrest Jr. gets on the bus. The bus pulls away. Forrest stands next to the mailbox.

Forrest sits down. The camera cranes down, revealing the feather as it lies at Forrest's feet.

A gust of wind picks the feather up. The feather floats up into the air.

Forrest sits at the side of the road. The feather floats higher into the air.

The feather soars up into the sky and travels up and down, then covers the camera lens.

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/ Forest Gump.
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