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A feather floats through the air. The falling feather.

A city, Savannah, is revealed in the background. The feather floats down toward the city below. The feather drops down toward the street below, as people walk past and cars drive by, and nearly lands on a man's shoulder.

He walks across the street, causing the feather to be whisked back on its journey. The feather floats above a stopped car. The car drives off right as the feather floats down toward the street.

The feather floats under a passing car, then is sent flying back up in the air. A MAN sits on a bus bench. The feather floats above the ground and finally lands on the man's mudsoaked shoe.

The man reached down and picks up the feather. His name is FORREST GUMP. He looks at the feather oddly, moves aside a box of chocolates from an old suitcase, then opens the case.

Inside the old suitcase are an assortment of clothes, a pingpong paddle, toothpaste and other personal items.

Forrest pulls out a book titled "Curious George," then places the feather inside the book. Forrest closes the suitcase.

Something in his eyes reveals that Forrest may not be all there.

Forrest looks right as the sound of an arriving bus is heard.

A bus pulls up. Forrest remains on the bus bench as the bus continues on.

A BLACK WOMAN in a nurse's outfit steps up and sits down at the bus bench next to Forrest. The nurse begins to read a magazine as Forrest looks at her.

FORREST Hello. My name's Forrest Gump.

He opens a box of chocolates and holds it out for the nurse.

FORREST You want a chocolate?

The nurse shakes her head, a bit apprehensive about this strange man next to her.

FORREST I could eat about a million and a half of these. My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

Forrest eats a chocolate as he looks down at the nurse's shoes.

FORREST Those must be comfortable shoes. I'll bet you could walk all day in shoes like that and not feel a thing. I wish I had shoes like that.

BLACK WOMAN My feet hurt.

FORREST Momma always says there's an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes. Where they're going. Where they've been.

The black woman stares at Forrest as he looks down at his own shoes.

FORREST I've worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard I could remember my first pair of shoes.

Forrest closes his eyes tightly.

FORREST Momma said they'd take my anywhere.


A little boy closes his eyes tightly. It is young Forrest as he sits in a doctor's office.

FORREST (V.O.) She said they was my magic shoes.

Forrest has been fitted with orthopedic shoes and metal leg braces.

DOCTOR All right, Forrest, you can open your eyes now. Let's take a little walk around.

The doctor sets Forrest down on its feet. Forrest walks around stiffly. Forrest's mother, MRS. GUMP, watches him as he clanks around the room awkwardly.

DOCTOR How do those feel? His legs are strong, Mrs. Gump. As strong as I've ever seen. But his back is as crooked as a politician.

Forrest walks foreground past the doctor and Mrs. Gump.

DOCTOR But we're gonna straighten him right up now, won't we, Forrest?

A loud thud is heard as, outside, Forrest falls.

MRS. GUMP Forrest!


Mrs. Gump and young Forrest walk across the street. Forrest walks stiffly next to his mother.

FORREST (V.O.) Now, when I was a baby, Momma named me after the great Civil War hero, General Nathan Bedford Forrest...


A black and white photo of General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The photo turns into live action as the General dons a hooded sheet over his head.

The General is in full Ku Klux Klan garb, including his horse.

The General rides off, followed by a large group of Klan members dressed in full uniform.

FORREST (V.O.) She said we was related to him in some way. And, what he did was, he started up this club called the Ku Klux Klan. They'd all dress up in their robes and their bedsheets and act like a bunch of ghosts or spooks or something. They'd even put bedsheets on their horses and ride around. And anyway, that's how I got my name. Forrest Gump.


Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk across the street.

FORREST (V.O.) Momma said that the Forrest part was to remind me that sometimes we all do things that, well, just don't make no sense.

Forrest stops suddenly as his brace gets stuck. Forrest's brace is caught in a gutter grate. Mrs. Gump bends down and tries to free Forrest. Two old cronies sit in front of a barber shop and watch.

MRS. GUMP Just wait, let me get it.

Mrs. Gump struggles to pull the stuck brace from the grate.

MRS. GUMP Let me get it. Wait, get it this way. Hold on.

Forrest pulls his foot out of the grate.

MRS. GUMP All right.

Mrs. Gump helps Forrest up onto the sidewalk. She looks up and notices the two old man.

MRS. GUMP Oooh. All right. What are you all staring at? Haven't you ever seen a little boy with braces on his legs before?

Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk along the sidewalk past the two old men. Mrs. Gump holds tightly onto Forrest's hand.

MRS. GUMP Don't ever let anybody tell you they're better than you, Forrest. If God intended everybody to be the same, he'd have given us all braces on our legs.

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


Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk along a dirt road. A row of mailboxes stands left.

FORREST (V.O.) We lived about a quarter mile of Route 17, about a half mile from the town of Greenbow, Alabama. That's in the county of Greenbow. Our house had been in Momma's family since her grandpa's grandpa's grandpa had come across the ocean about a thousand years ago. Something like that.

Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk along the Gump Boarding House driveway.

FORREST (V.O.) Since it was just me and Momma and we had all these empty rooms, Momma decided to let those rooms out. Mostly to people passing through. Like from, oh, Mobile, Montgomery, place like that. That's how me and Mommy got money. Mommy was a real smart lady.

MRS. GUMP Remember what I told you, Forrest. You're no different than anybody else is.

Mrs. Gump heads Forrest to the porch. She bends down to look Forrest in the eye.

MRS. GUMP Did you hear what I said, Forrest? You're the same as everybody else. You are no different.


PRINCIPAL Your boy's... different, Mrs. Gump. Now, his I.Q. is seventy-five.

MRS. GUMP Well, we're all different, Mr. Hancock.

The principal sighs, then stands up.


Forrest sits outside the principal's office and waits.

FORREST (V.O.) She wanted me to have the finest education, so she took me to the Greenbow County Central School. I met the principal and all.

The principal stands in front of Mrs. Gump. Forrest, sitting left, listens.

PRINCIPAL I want to show you something, Mrs. Gump. Now, this is normal.

The principal holds up a chart with a designations according to I.Q. and points to the center of the graph, labeled "Normal." A red line below the normal area is labeled "State Acceptance." The principal points to the section below the acceptance line labeled "Below."

PRINCIPAL Forrest is right here. The state requires a minimum I.Q. of eighty to attend public school, Mrs. Gump. He's gonna have to go to a special school. Now, he'll be just fine.

MRS. GUMP What does normal mean, anyway? He might be a bit on the slow side, but my boy Forrest is going to get the same opportunities as everyone else. He's not going to some special school to learn to how to re-tread tires. We're talking about five little points here. There must be something can be done.


Forrest sits outside the principal's office.

PRINCIPAL We're a progressive school system. We don't want to see anybody left behind.


PRINCIPAL Is there a Mr. Gump, Mrs. Gump?

MRS. GUMP He's on vacation.


Forrest sits on a swing outside the house. Loud organic male grunts are heard coming from inside the house. Forrest sits on the swing as the grunts continue. The principal steps out of the Gump House and wipes the sweat from his face.

Forrest is sitting on the porch.

PRINCIPAL Well, your momma sure does care about your schooling, son. Mm-mm-mm.

The principal wipes the sweat from his neck, then looks back at Forrest.

PRINCIPAL You don't say much, do you?

Forrest grunts, imitating him. The principal, embarrassed, turns and walks away.


Mrs. Gump reads from the book "Curious George" as Forrest sits on the bed and listens.

MRS. GUMP Finally, he had to try it. It looked easy, but, oh, what happened. First there...

FORREST Momma, what's vacation mean?

MRS. GUMP Vacation?

FORREST Where Daddy went?

MRS. GUMP Vacation's when you go somewhere, and you don't ever come back.

Forrest lies down on his bed and looks up.

FORREST (V.O.) Anyway, I guess you could say me and Momma was on our own.


A cab driver closes the trunk of the car as two women walk toward the house. A milkman steps down from the porch.

FORREST (V.O.) But we didn't mind. Our house was never empty. There was always folks comin' and goin'.

MRS. GUMP (V.O.) Suppa.


Mrs. Gump steps forward and speaks to all the boarders.

MRS. GUMP It's suppa, everyone. Forrest...

A MAN WITH A CANE steps left across the hall.

MAN WITH CANE My, my. That sure looks special.

Mrs. Gump looks into a sitting room and informs the boarders about dinner.

MRS. GUMP Gentlemen, would you care to join us for supper? Hurry up and get it before the flies do. I prefer you don't smoke that cigar so close to mealtime.

FORREST (V.O.) Sometimes we had so many people stayin' with us that every room was filled with travelers. You know, folks livin' out of their suitcases, and hat cases, and sample cases.

MRS. GUMP Well, you go ahead and start. I can't find Forrest.

Mrs. Gump walks up the stairs.

MRS. GUMP Forrest... Forrest...

FORREST (V.O.) One time a young man was staying with us, and he had him a guitar case.

Mrs. Gump looks into Forrest's room. She hears singing coming from another room and walks over to a closed door. Mrs. Gump opens the door, revealing a young man with long sideburns as he plays the guitar and sings. Forrest holds onto a broom and dances oddly. The young man is ELVIS PRESLEY.

ELVIS PRESLEY (sings) "Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit, and you ain't no friend of mine."

Forrest's legs rock back and forth to the guitar.

MRS. GUMP Forrest! I told you not to bother this nice young man.

ELVIS Oh, no, that's all right, ma'am. I was just showin' him a thing or two on the guitar here.

MRS. GUMP All right, but your supper's ready if y'all want to eat.

ELVIS Yeah, that sounds good. Thank you, ma'am.

Mrs. Gump leaves and closes the door. Elvis sits back down.

Forrest stands left, and looks himself in a mirror.

ELVIS Say, man, show me that crazy little walk you just did there. Slow it down some.

Forrest begins to dance again as Elvis plays the guitar and sings.

ELVIS (sings) "You ain't nothin' but a hound, hound dog..."

FORREST (V.O.) I liked that guitar.

Forrest dances as he watches himself in the mirror.

FORREST (V.O.) It sounded good.

ELVIS (sings) "...cryin' all the time"

Forrest rocks up and down on his braced legs, then begins to step.

ELVIS (sings) "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog..."

FORREST (V.O.) I started moving around to the music, swinging my hips. This one night me and Momma...


Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk along a sidewalk. A television inside a store window reveals Elvis Presley as he performs "Houng Dog" on a stage.

FORREST (V.O.) ...was out shoppin', and we walked right by Benson's Furniture and Appliance store, and guess what.

The television reveals Elvis as he thrusts his hips and sings.

ELVIS (sings) You ain't nothin' but a hound dog...

Mrs. Gump and Forrest watch the television. Elvis dances around in the same manner Forrest did. A woman in the audience screaming and applauding.

ELVIS (sings) You ain't nothin' but a hound dog...

MRS. GUMP This is not children's eyes.

Mrs. Gump walks away, pulling Forrest with her. Forrest stops and takes one last look. Elvis continues to perform over the television.

ELVIS (sings) "Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit and you ain't no friend of mine."

FORREST (V.O.) Some years later, that handsome young man who they called "The King," well, he sung too many songs, had himself a heart attack or something.


Forrest is still sitting on the bus bench. The black nurse looks at him.

FORREST Must be hard being a king. You know, it's funny how you remember some things, but some things you can't.


Mrs. Gump and Forrest wait for the school bus. The bus pulls up as Mrs. Gump prepares Forrest for his first day of school.

MRS. GUMP You do your very best now, Forrest.

FORREST I sure will, Momma.

FORREST (V.O.) I remember the bus ride on the first day of school very well.

The bus driver opens the door and looks down. Forrest walks to the steps of the bus and looks at the bus driver. She is smoking a cigarette.

BUS DRIVER Are you comin' along?

FORREST Momma said not to be taking rides from strangers.

BUS DRIVER This is the bus to school.

FORREST I'm Forrest Gump.

BUS DRIVER I'm Dorothy Harris.

FORREST Well, now we ain't strangers anymore.

The bus driver smiles as Forrest steps up into the bus.


Forrest steps up onto the bus. Mrs. Gump waves to Forrest as the bus drives away. Forrest begins to walk down the aisle.

TWO YOUNG BOYS look up from the seat.

BOY #1 This seat's taken.

BOY #2 It's taken!

Forrest looks around. A larger girl slides over so Forrest can't sit next to her. She shakes her head. Forrest looks to the other side where a boy sits alone on a larger seat. They boy glares up at Forrest.

BOY #3 You can't sit here.

FORREST (V.O.) You know, it's funny what a young man recollects. 'Cause I don't remember being born.


Forrest continues talking as he sits on the bus bench.

FORREST (V.O.) I, I... don't recall what I got for my first Christmas and I don't know when I went on my first outdoor picnic. But, I do remember the first time I heard the sweetiest voice...


Young Forrest is still standing in the aisle on the bus.

FORREST (V.O.) ...in the wide world.

GIRL You can sit here if you want.

Forrest looks back at JENNY CURRAN, a young girl about Forrest's age.

FORREST (V.O.) I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. She was like an angel.

JENNY Well, are you gonna sit down, or aren't ya?

Forrest sits down next to Jenny.

JENNY What's wrong with your legs?

FORREST Um, nothing at all, thank you. My legs are just fine and dandy.

FORREST (V.O.) I just sat next to her on that bus and had conversation all the way to school.

JENNY Then why do you have those shoes on?

FORREST My momma said my back's crooked like a question mark. These are going to make me as straight as an arrow. They're my magic shoes.

FORREST (V.O.) And next to Momma, no one ever talked to me or asked me questions.

JENNY Are you stupid or something.

FORREST Mommy says stupid is as stupid does.

Jenny puts her hand out toward Forrest. Forrest reaches over and shakes her hand.

JENNY I'm Jenny.

FORREST I'm Forrest Gump. Forrest Gump.

FORREST (V.O.) From that day on, we was always together. Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.


Young Jenny and Forrest run toward a large oak tree.

FORREST (V.O.) She taught me how to climb...

Jenny sits on a large branch and calls down to Forrest.

JENNY Come on, Forrest, you can do it.

Forrest dangles from the branch.

FORREST (V.O.) ...I showed her how to dangle.

Jenny and Forrest sit on a tree branch and read.

FORREST "...a good little monkey and..."

FORREST (V.O.) She helped me to learn how to read.

Forrest hangs upside down from a branch and swings back and forth. Forrest's braces are wedged in the tree.

FORREST (V.O.) And I showed her to swing.


The silhouete of the oak tree, Jenny and Forrest as they sit on a branch.

FORREST (V.O.) Sometimes we'd just sit out and wait for the stars.

FORREST Momma's gonna worry about me.

Jenny puts her hand on Forrest's hand.

JENNY Just stay a little longer.

FORREST (V.O.) For some reason, Jenny didn't never want to go home.

FORREST Okay, Jenny. I'll stay.

FORREST (V.O.) She was my most special friend.


Forrest nods as he remembers.

FORREST My only friend.

Forrest continues talking to the black woman. She doesn't seem to be listening as she reads her magazine. She looks up from her magazine.

FORREST Now, my Momma always told me that miracles happen every day. Some people don't think so, but they do.


Jenny and Forrest walk. A dirt clod hits Forrest in the back of the head. Jenny looks as Forrest rubs his head. THREE YOUNG BOYS get off their bikes and pick up more rocks.

BOY #1 Hey... dummy!

Forrest is hit in the eye with another dirt clod. Forrest falls backward onto the ground as the boys glare at him.

BOY #2 Are you retarded, or just plain stupid?

BOY #3 Look, I'm Forrest Gump.

Jenny helps Forrest back up. Boy #1 and Boy #2 throw more dirt clods at Forrest.

JENNY Just run away, Forrest.

Another dirt clod hits Forrest in the arm.

JENNY Run, Forrest!

Forrest tries to run along the road, but his braces makes it impossible. He hobbles along as Jenny yells after him.

JENNY Run away! Hurry!

Boy #1 and Boy #2 turn back toward the bikes.

BOY #2 Get the bikes!

BOY #3 Hurry up!

The boys pick up their bikes and ride after Forrest.

BOY #3 Let's get him! Come on!

BOY #2 Look out, dummy, here we come!

The boys ride after Forrest. Jenny stands and watches.

BOY #2 We're gonna get you!

JENNY Run, Forrest! Run!

Forrest hobbles along the dirt road.

JENNY Run, Forrest!

Forrest looks over his shoulder. The three boys race on their bikes.

BOY #1 Come back here, you!

Forrest begins to run faster with his braces on. Forrest continues running as the boys chase him. Blood drips down from a cut on his head. The boys on the bikes are gaining on Forrest. Forrest hobbles along. He begins to gain speed.

JENNY Run, Forrest! Run!


Forrest runs from the chasing room. He looks over his shoulder in fear.

The boys on the bikes peddle faster as they gain on Forrest, running.

Forrest tries to run even faster to get away. Suddenly his braces shatter, sending steel and plastic flying into the air.

Forrest runs and look down at his legs in surprise.

Forrest continues to run faster as the metal braces and straps fly off his legs.

Forrest runs free of his braces and begins to pick up speed.

The chasing boys ride over the remains of Forrest's braces.

FORREST (V.O.) Now, you wouldn't believe it if I told you.


FORREST But I can run like the wind blows.

The black woman continues to read her magazine. Forrest smiles as he remembers.

FORREST From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running!


Forrest sprints away from the boys. The boys stop the chase and watch in disbelief. Forrest is already at the far end of the road, clear of the chasing boys.

BOY #2 He's gettin' away! Stop him!

Boy #1 throws his bike down in frustration. Forrest runs across a field.


Forrest runs past a chain gang in their prison uniforms.

They are cutting at the weeds on the side of the road.


Forrest runs across the street. THE TWO OLD MEN sit in front of the barber shop.

OLD CRONY That boy sure is a running fool.


Forrest runs down a driveway toward Jenny's small house.

FORREST (V.O.) Now remember how I told you that Jenny never seemed to want to go home? Well, she lived in a house that was as old as Alabama. Her Momma had gone up to heaven when she was five and her daddy was some kind of a farmer.

Forrest knocks on Jenny's door.

FORREST Jenny? Jenny?

Forrest look around the field at the left. He notices Jenny and runs toward her.

FORREST (V.O.) He was a very lovin' man. He was always kissing and touchin' her and her sisters. And then this one time, Jenny wasn't on the bus to go to school.

Forrest runs to Jenny.

FORREST Jenny, why didn't you come to school today?

JENNY Hsh! Daddy's takin' a nap.

Jenny grabs Forrest's hand and runs into the field. Jenny's DAD drunk, steps out onto the porch and shouts.


JENNY Come on!

JENNY'S DAD Jenny, where'd you run to? You'd better come back here, girl!

Jenny's dad steps out toward the field. Jenny leads Forrest into the thick tobacco field. Jenny's dad runs through the field searching for Jenny with a liquor bottle in his hand.

JENNY'S DAD Where you at?

Jenny and Forrest run into a corn field as Jenny's dad tries to chase her.

JENNY'S DAD Jenny! Jenny! Where you at? Jenny!

Jenny drops to her knees and pulls Forrest down with her.

JENNY Pray with me, Forrest. Pray with me.


JENNY Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far, far away from here. Dear God, make me a bird so I can fly far, far, far away from here.

FORREST (V.O.) Momma always said that God is mysterious.

JENNY'S DAD Jenny! Get back here!

FORREST (V.O.) He didn't turn Jenny into a bird that day. Instead...


A police officer escorts Jenny to her grandmother's trailer.

Jenny's grandmother meets Jenny outside and leads her toward the trailer.

FORREST (V.O.) ...he had the police say Jenny didn't have to stay in that house no more. She went to live with her grandma just over on Creekmore Avenue, which made me happy 'cause she was so close.


Jenny climbs over a second-floor railing and enters the house.

FORREST (V.O.) Some nights, Jenny'd sneak out and come over to my house, just 'cause she said she was scared. Scared of what, I don't know...


Jenny lies in bed next to young Forrest. She hugs him.

FORREST (V.O.) ...but I think it was her grandma's dog. He was a mean dog. Anyway, Jenny and me was best friends...


Forrest and Jenny are teenagers now. They walk along an oaklined road.

FORREST (V.O.) ...all the way to high school.

Suddenly Forrest is hit in the back with a rock. Forrest and Jenny turn around.

OLDER BOY #1 Hey, stupid!

JENNY Quit it!

A teenage boy throws another rock as a pickup truck pulls up behind him. Jenny turns and looks at Forrest.

JENNY Run, Forrest, run!

OLDER BOY #1 Hey. Did you hear me, stupid?

JENNY Run, Forrest!

Forrest drops his books and runs down the road. The teenage boy jumps into the back of the pickup truck with another boy as the truck speeds after Forrest. Jenny steps left and gets out of the way.

OLDER BOY #2 Come on, he's getting away! Move it!

JENNY Run, Forrest! Run!

OLDER BOY #1 You better be runnin', stupid.

Forrest runs along the road. The truck speeds after him.

OLDER BOY #2 Come on, dummy!

OLDER BOY #1 Haul ass, dummy!

Older Boy throws rocks at Forrest.

OLDER BOY #1 Yeah, you better be runnin'!


BOY Ya-hoo!


The boys in the back of the truck throw rocks at Forrest as they drive up to him.

OLDER BOY #1 Move it, jack rabbit!

The truck follows right on Forrest's heels. A rebel flag license plate adorns the truck's grill.

OLDER BOY #1 Come on!

Forrest runs along the road as the truck chases him. The boys in the back of the truck pound on the roof as the truck turns right, after Forrest. The truck drives into a field.

Forrest runs toward a fence.

BOY Run! Faster! Yeah! Go! Go! Come on, Forrest! Yeah!

JENNY Run, Forrest!

Forrest leaps over a five-foot fence as the boys try to catch him.


Forrest looks left as he continues telling his life story.

FORREST Now, it used to be, I ran to get where I was goin'. I never thought it would take me anywhere.


Forrest runs along the road in front of the high school. The truck continues to chase him as the boys pound on the roof.

OLDER BOY Come on. Whoo-hoo!

The truck speeds past Forrest as he turns from the road and runs onto the high school football field. Forrest runs across the field during a football scrimmage.

In the stands watching the scrimmage is the legendary University of Alabama football coach BEAR BRYANT, wearing his trademark plaid hat.

A group of assistant coaches sit around him, as well as the high school football coach. The quarterback throws the ball into the air.

Forrest runs past the quarterback. The receiver catches the ball. Forrest runs past the receiver as an opposing player tackles the stunned receiver.

The football coach stands, followed by the assistant coaches.

FOOTBALL COACH Who in the hell is that?

HIGH SCHOOL COACH That there is Forrest Gump. Coach. Just a local idiot.

Forrest runs under the field goal post and through the end zone.

FORREST (V.O.) And can you believe it? I got to go to college, too.


The crowd roars with excitement as a football is kicked off.

The football players run around on the field. The crowd of cheering fans create a huge sign that reads: "GO."

Forrest is in a University of Alabama football uniform. He looks up into the cheering crowd as his teammate fields the kickoff. The teammate runs over to Forrest and hands him the ball.


The football coach, the assistants, and Alabama players cheer for Forrest.

FOOTBALL COACH Run, you stupid son-of-a-bitch! Run!

Forrest runs across the field. He speeds past the defending players. Forrest runs past the opposite players. The crowd cheers wildly, holding up cards, making a large sign that reads: "Go."

They turn the cards over, creating the word: "ALABAMA." The football coach runs along the sidelines as he yells.

FOOTBALL COACH You stupid son-of-a-bitch! Run! Go! Run!

Forrest cuts and runs toward the sidelines. Two opposing players collide. The football coach, the assistants and the players all motion for Forrest to run toward the end zone.


Forrest turns up the sidelines and runs toward the end zone.

Some opposing players fall down. Forrest runs along the sidelines. The opposing players try to catch him.

Forrest runs into the end zone as an opposing player dives at his feet. The referee holds up his arm, signaling a touch down. The crowd cheers wildly.

Forrest continues to run, smashing through the band members, then all the way toward the team tunnel. The football coach looks at an assistant coach.

FOOTBALL COACH He must be the stupidest son-of-a- bitch alive. But he sure is fast!

FORREST (V.O.) Now, maybe it was just me but college was very confusing times.


An anchorman named CHET HUNTLEY appears over the television.

CHET HUNTLEY (on TV) Federal troops enforcing a court order integrated the University of Alabama today.


Forrest walks through a crowd of people.

CHET HUNTLEY Governor George Wallace had carried out his symbolic threat to stand in the schoolhouse door.

GOVERNOR WALLACE We hereby denounce and forbid this illegal and unwarranted action by the central government.


A black & white television reveals George Wallace as he stands in the doorway of the schoolhouse.

KATZENBACH (on TV) Governor Wallace, I take it from that, uh...


Forrest steps over to a young man as the crowd looks at the demonstration.

KATZENBACH ...statement that you are going to stand in that door, and that you are not going to carry out the orders of this court, and that you are going to resist us from doing so. I would ask you once again to responsibility step aside and if you do not, I'm going to assure you...

FORREST Earl, what's going on?

EARL Coons are tryin' to get into school.

FORREST Coons? When raccoons try to get on our back porch, Momma just chase 'em off with a broom.

EARL Not raccoons, you idiot, niggas. And they want to go to school with us.

FORREST With us? They do?

Forrest walks toward the schoolhouse.


A football coach looks at a black and white television as a newsman outside the schoolhouse speaks to the camera.

NEWSMAN (on TV) ...block the doorway, President Kennedy ordered the Secretary of Defense then to use the military force.


The footage cuts to Governor Wallace as he speaks to General Graham.

NEWSMAN Here by videotape is the encounter by General Graham, Commander of the National Guard, and Governor Wallace.

Forrest stands next to George Wallace and listens.

GOVERNOR WALLACE We must have no violence today, or any other day, because these National Guardsmen are here today as Federal Soldiers for Alabamans. And they live within our borders and they are all our brothers. We are winning in this fight because we are awakening the American people to the dangers that we have spoken about so many times, just so evident today, the trend toward military dictatorship in this country.


Some of the Alabama policeman and citizens clap their hands as the National Guardsmen stand at attention with their weapons in front of them. Forrest walks through the crowd.

Two black students were being led toward the schoolhouse.

NEWSMAN And so at day's end the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa had been desegregated and students Jimmy Hood and Vivian Malone had been signed up for summer classes.

The young black girl drops one of her books. Forrest notices and steps past the policeman toward the book on the ground.

Forrest steps out from the crowd and picks up the book. He brings it up to the girl.

FORREST Ma'am, you dropped your book. Ma'am.


A coach looks at the television. The television reveals Forrest as he stands at the schoolhouse door. He looks around, then waves.

CHET HUNTLEY (on TV) Governor Wallace did what he promised to do. By being on the Tuscaloosa campus, he kept the mob from gathering and prevented violence.

An assistant coach looks at the television, then at the other coaches.

ASSISTANT COACH Say, wasn't that Gump?

The football coach and two assistant coaches look. Forrest dries himself off with a towel as he steps from the showers.

CHET HUNTLEY (on TV) NBC News will present a special program on the Alabama integration story at 7:30 p.m. tonight...

ASSISTANT COACH Naw, that couldn't be.

FOOTBALL COACH It sure as hell was.

CHET HUNTLEY ...standard Eastern Daylight Time. Now a word from Anacin.

Forrest steps up to the coaches' area and grabs a clean towel.

The coaches turn and stare at Forrest. Forrest gives them one of his silly waves, then walks away.

COLOR FOOTAGE - Governor Wallace waves to the crowd as he stands behind a podium with his wife.

FORREST (V.O.) A few years later, that angry little man at the schoolhouse door thought it would be a good idea, and ran for President.

COLOR FOOTAGE - Governor Wallace mingles in a crowd. Gunshots are fired, wounding him. Some men wrestle the shooter. Wallace lies wounded on the ground.

FORREST (V.O.) But, somebody thought that it wasn't.


Forrest sits on the bench as the black woman looks at him. A WHITE WOMAN with a bay sits left.

FORREST But he didn't die.

A bus pulls up to the bus stop. The BLACK WOMAN looks down at her watch.

BLACK WOMAN My bus is here.

FORREST Is it the number 9?

BLACK WOMAN No, it's the number 4.

The Black Woman gets up and steps over to the bus.

FORREST It was nice talkin' to you.

The white woman sits closer to Forrest.

WHITE WOMAN I remember when that happened, when Wallace got shot. I was in college.

FORREST Did you go to a girls' college, or to a girls' and boys' together college?

WHITE WOMAN It was co-ed.

FORREST 'Cause Jenny went to a college I couldn't go to. It was a college just for girls.


Forrest sits outside Jenny's dorm in the rain.

FORREST (V.O.) But, I'd go and visit her every chance I got.

A car pulls up. A song is heard from the radio. Forrest, holding a box of chocolates, looks at the car. The two people inside the car begins to kiss and embrace each other. Jenny is inside the car with a boy. She leans back against the passenger side door as they struggle to get comfortable.

JENNY Ouch! That hurts.

Forrest gets up and runs toward the car. He tries to look in the window as he steps over to the driver's side door. He opens the door and begins to punch the boy inside. Jenny jump out of the car and runs over to Forrest.

JENNY Forrest! Forrest! Forrest, stop it! Stop it!

BILLY Jesus!

JENNY What are you doing?

FORREST He was hurtin' you.

Jenny's date, named BILLY, gets out of the car angrily.

BILLY What the hell is going on here?

JENNY No, he's not!

BILLY Who is that? Who is that?

JENNY Get over there!

Jenny turns and looks at Billy. He shoves Jenny's hands away from him.

JENNY Billy, I'm sorry.

BILLY What in the hell, git, would you git away from me!

JENNY Don't... Wait a second!

BILLY Git, just git away from me!

JENNY Don't go! Billy, wait a second!

Billy gets back into the car.

JENNY He doesn't know any better!

Billy pulls away as Jenny steps toward Forrest.

JENNY Forrest, why'd you do that?

Forrest holds out the box of chocolates.

FORREST I brought you some chocolates. I'm sorry. I'll go back to my college now.

JENNY Forrest, look at you! Come on. Come on.

Jenny grabs Forrest hand and leads him toward the dorm.


Jenny and Forrest sneak to Jenny's door.

FORREST Is this your room?


Jenny unlocks the door and they step inside.


Jenny pulls a robe off of her sleeping roommate's bed. Jenny hands the robe to Forrest, sitting on Jenny's bed.

JENNY Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you're gonna be?

FORREST Who I'm gonna be?


FORREST Aren't I going to be me?

JENNY Well, you'll always be you, just another kind of you. You know? I want to be famous.

Jenny picks up a towel, then walks back toward Forrest. Jenny dries the water from her hair.

JENNY I want to be a singer like Joan Baez. I just want to be an empty stage with my guitar, my voice... just me.

Jenny takes off her slip and sits on the bed next to him.

She is only wearing her bra and panties. Forrest looks at Jenny like he's never seen a woman in her underwear before.

JENNY And I want to reach people on a personal level. I want to be able to say things, just one-to-one.

Forrest looks down at Jenny's breasts. Jenny realizes that he is looking at her.

JENNY Have you ever been with a girl, Forrest?

FORREST I sit next to them in my home economics class all the time.

DJ (over radio) You're listening to WHHY in Birmingham, the clear A.M. voice of Northern Alabama. I'm Joel Dorn...

Forrest looks at Jenny as she removes her bra. Forrest looks away, a bit shamed. Jenny takes his hand and guides it up to her breast.

DJ (over radio) ...coming to you on a night that is anything but clear. The weatherman says that rain's gonna fall all night long so stay with us, get warm, get cozy, get under the covers to the cool sounds of WHHY.

Forrest looks over at Jenny's breasts, the shudder as he has an orgasm.

FORREST Ohh... Oh... I'm sorry. Sorry.

JENNY It's okay.

DJ (over radio) ...444-6789, with ya till sunrise, playing the music you want to hear when you want to hear it. If you have a request or dedication, give us a call. We guarantee you'll hear your requests within one hour.

Forrest breathes heavily. Jenny puts her bra back on.

JENNY It's all right.

Jenny leans over and puts her head on Forrest's shoulder.

DJ (over radio) Candy is on the line tonight. Candy's answering the phones, give Candy your request, your dedication, and ask her why she won't go out with me, would you? Here's more music.

JENNY It's okay.

FORREST Oh, I'm dizzy.

A song is coming over the radio. Jenny hugs Forrest.

JENNY I bet that never happened in home ec.


Jenny laughs and kisses Forrest on the cheek. Forrest and Jenny hug on the bed as Jenny's roommate pretends to be asleep, but is listening, horrified, with her eyes open.

FORREST I think I ruined your roommate's bathrobe.

JENNY I don't care. I don't like her, anyway.


Forrest runs across the field as the defending team chases him. The crowd yells for Forrest. They flip a sign that reads: "Go Forrest."

CROWD Run! Run! Run!

Forrest runs along the field. The crowd cheers.

CROWD Run! Run! Run!

Forrest runs into the end zone. The band members rush toward Forrest with their hands up, signaling him to stop. The crowd flips over cards, creating a sign that reads "STOP."


Forrest stops in the end zone as he hears the crowd yells.

The band motions for Forrest to stop and stay in the end

zone. A group of defending players fall over each other in the end zone. Forrest looks as the crowd cheers wildly.

FORREST (V.O.) College ran by real fast 'cause I played so much football.


The White House with the words "The eyes and ears of the world Paramount News" superimposed.

FORREST (V.O.) They even put me on a thing called the All-America Team where you get to meet the President of the United States.


PRESIDENT KENNEDY holds an autographed football as the All- American Team stands behind him. Forrest is among the players in suits.

ANNOUNCER (over newsreel) President Kennedy met with the Collegiate All-American Football Team at the Oval Office today.


The All-American players mingle around the food table. Forrest steps up to the table. A large spread of food and soda is on the table.

FORREST (V.O.) Now, the real good thing about meeting the President of the United States is the food.

Forrest takes a bottle of Dr. Pepper from the buffet table.

Numerous bottle of Dr. Pepper are displayed on the table. A servant opens the bottle for him.

FORREST (V.O.) They put you in this little room with just about anything you'd want to eat or drink. And since number one, I wasn't hungry, but thirsty...

Forrest begins to guzzle the Dr. Pepper.

FORREST (V.O.) ...and number two, they was free, I musta drank me about fifteen Dr. Peppers.

Forrest sets down an empty Dr. Pepper bottle next to a large number of other empty bottles. Forrest holds his stomach and burps.

BLACK AND WHITE FOOTAGE - President Kennedy shakes hands with the All-American football players.

PRESIDENT KENNEDY Congratulations. How does it feel to be an All-American?

1ST PLAYER It's an honor, Sir.

Another player steps up to the President and shakes the President's hand.

PRESIDENT KENNEDY Congratulations. How does it feel to be an All-American?

2ND PLAYER Very good, Sir.

PRESIDENT KENNEDY Congratulations. How does it feel to be an All-American?

3RD PLAYER Very good, Sir.

The player walks away. Forrest steps up to the President.

The President shakes his hand.

PRESIDENT KENNEDY Congratulations. How do you feel?

FORREST I gotta pee.

President Kennedy turns and smiles.

PRESIDENT KENNEDY I believe he said he had to go pee.


Forrest urinates in the bathroom, then lowers the lid and flashes. Forrest washes his hands, then notices an autographed photo from Marilyn Monroe and a photo of John with his brother Bobby.

FORREST (V.O.) Sometime later, for no particular reason, somebody shot that nice young President when he was ridin' in his car.

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE - DAY SLOW MOTION - President Kennedy rises in a convertible and smiles.

FORREST And a few years after that...

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE - Robert Kennedy stands at a podium as people around him applaud.

FORREST (V.O.) ...somebody shot his little brother, too, only he was in a hotel kitchen.


Forrest sits on the bench and shakes his head.

FORREST It must be hard being brothers. I wouldn't know.


Students in their caps and gowns step forward the podium to receive their diplomas. Forrest's name is called. He steps up and accepts his diploma.

DEAN Forrest Gump.

FORREST (V.O.) Now can you believe it? After only five years of playing football, I got a college degree.

The dean shakes Forrest's hand vigorously. Forrest looks out into the crowd.

DEAN Congratulations, son.

Mrs. Gump, sitting in the audience, cries.

FORREST (V.O.) Momma was proud.

Forrest and Mrs. Gump have their picure taken in front of a large statue. A military recruiter spots Forrest and steps up to him.

MRS. GUMP Forrest, I'm so proud of you. Here, I'll hold this for you.

Mrs. Gump takes the diploma from Forrest. The recruiter slaps Forrest on the shoulder and hands him some military literature.

MILITARY RECRUITER Congratulations, son. Have you given any thought to your future?

FORREST Thought?

Forrest looks at a pamphlet with a photo of "Uncle Sam" and the caption "EXCELLENT CAREERS FOR EXCELLENT YOUNG MAN. Apply now at your local U.S. Army Recruiting Center."

FORREST (V.O.) Hello, I'm Forrest...

INT. ARMY BUS - DAY (1966)

Forrest steps onto the army bus. Rain pours outside as the army bus driver yells at Forrest.

FORREST ...Forrest Gump.

ARMY BUS DRIVER Nobody gives a hunk of shit who you are, fuzzball! You're not even a lowlife scum sucking maggot! Get your faggoty ass on the bus. You're in the Army now!

Forrest is about to sit on the first available seat, but the recruit sitting there refuses Forrest.

RECRUIT #1 This seat's taken.

Forrest tries to sit on the next seat, but the 2nd recruit slides over, blocking him.

RECRUIT #2 It's taken.

Forrest steps forward, looking much like he did on his first bus ride to school years ago.

FORREST (V.O.) At first, it seemed like I made a mistake.

A large black recruit with a strange look on his face, much like Forrest's, looks up from his seat. His name is BUBBA.

FORREST (V.O.) ...seeing how it was my induction day and I was already gettin' yelled at.

Bubba moves his case over, making room for Forrest to sit down.

BUBBA You can sit down... if you want to.

FORREST (V.O.) I didn't know who I might meet or what they might ask.

Bubba hands Forrest a handkerchief.

BUBBA You ever been on a real shrimp boat?

FORREST No, but I been on a real big boat.

BUBBA I'm talkin' about a shrimp catchin' boat. I've been workin' on shrimp boats all my life. I started out my uncle's boat, that's my mother's brother, when I was about maybe nine. I was just lookin' into buyin' a boat of my own and got drafted. My given name is Benjamin Buford Blue.

Bubba and Forrest shake hands.

BUBBA People call me Bubba. Just like one of them redneck boys. Can you believe that?

FORREST My name's Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.

FORREST (V.O.) So Bubba was from Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and his momma cooked shrimp.


Bubba's mother, a robust woman in a cook's uniform, carries a bowl of shrimp into a dining room. She sets it down on a table in front of a wealthy white man.

FORREST (V.O.) And her momma before her cooked shrimp.


Bubba's grandmother carries a bowl of shrimp into a dining room. She sets it down on a table in front of a wealthy white man.

FORREST (V.O.) And her momma before her momma cooked shrimp, too. Bubba's family knew everything...

INT. ARMY BUS - DAY (1966)

FORREST (V.O.) ...there was to know about the shrimpin' business.

BUBBA I know everything there is to know about the shrimpin' business. Matter of fact, I'm goin' into the shrimpin' business for myself after I get out the Army.



A DRILL SERGEANT is in Forrest's face as Forrest stands in line with the other recruits.

DRILL SERGEANT Gump! What's your sole purpose in this Army?

FORREST To do whatever you tell me, Drill Sergeant!

DRILL SERGEANT Godamnit, Gump! You're a goddamned genius! That's the most outstanding answer I've ever heard. You must have a godamned I.Q. of a hundred and sixty! You are godamned gifted, Private Gump!

The Drill Sergeant moves down the line to the next man.

DRILL SERGEANT Listen up, people...

FORREST (V.O.) Now, for some reason, I fit in the Army like one of them round pegs. It's not really hard. You just make your bed real neat and remember to stand up straight.

DRILL SERGEANT That is one very intelligent individual! You lock your scuzzy bodies up behind that private and do exactly what he does and you will go far in this man's army!

FORREST (V.O.) And always answer every question with "Yes, Drill Sergeant!"

DRILL SERGEANT Is that clear?

FORREST & RECRUITS Yes, Drill Sergeant!


The recruits are sitting at the base of their bunks assembling their rifles. Bubba speaks to Forrest.

BUBBA What you do is you just drag your nets across the bottom. On a good day, you can catch over a hundred pounds of shrimp. If everything goes all right, two men shrimpin' ten hours, less what you spends on gas, you can...

Forrest finishes assembling his rifle as the other recruits are still working on theirs.

FORREST Done, Drill Sergeant!


The Drill Sergeant rushes up to Forrest.

DRILL SERGEANT Why did you put that weapon together so quickly, Gump?

FORREST You told me to, Drill Sergeant.

The Drill Sergeant looks at his stop watch.

DRILL SERGEANT Jesus Christ! This is a new company record. If it wouldn't be a waste of such a damn fine enlisted man, I'd recommended you for O.C.S., Private Gump. You are gonna be a General some day, Gump! Now, disassemble your weapon and continue!

The Drill Sergeant walks away as Forrest begins to disassemble his rifle. After the Drill Sergeant walks past Bubba, Bubba looks up at Forrest. Bubba continues talking about shrimp in his slow southern drawl.

BUBBA Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There, uh, shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole...


Bubba and Forrest shine their boots.

BUBBA ...shrimp gumbo, panfried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp...


Bubba and Forrest are on their hands and knees as they scrub the floor with toothbrushes.

BUBBA ...shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich... that's, that's about it.


Bubba lies in his bunk and looks up quietly.

FORREST (V.O.) Nighttime in the Army is a lovely time.

Forrest lies in his bunk and looks up.

FORREST (V.O.) We'd lay there in our bunks, and I'd miss my momma. And I'd miss Jenny.

A young private tosses a Playboy magazine onto Forrest.

YOUNG PRIVATE Hey, Gump. Get a load of the tits on her!

Forrest pick up the magazine and turns the page, revealing Jenny as she poses with a school sweater on, and that's all.

The pictorial is titled: "Girls of the South." Forrest looks up with shock. He cranes his head up for a closer look.

FORREST (V.O.) Turns out, Jenny had gotten into some trouble over... some photos of her in her college sweater. And she was thrown out of school.

SONG "My baby does the hanky-panky..."


Forrest, in his army uniform, steps into the foyer of the club.

FORREST (V.O.) But that wasn't a bad thing. Because a man who owns a theater in Memphis, Tennessee, saw those photo and offered Jenny a job singing in a show. The first chance I got, I took the bus up to Memphis to see her perform in that show.

EMCEE steps out onto the stage.

EMCEE That was Amber, Amber Flame. Give her a big hand, guys. Good job, Amber. And now, for your listening and viewing pleasure, direct from Hollywood, California, our very own beatnik beauty, let's give a big round of applause to the luscious Bobbie Dylan.

CROWD Bobbie... Bobbie...

The emcee walks back off the stage and the curtain opens, revealing Jenny as she sits on a stool on the stage. She holds a guitar up and begins to play. She is topless.

JENNY (sings) "Yes, and how many seas must the white dove said, before she sleeps in the sand."

FORREST (V.O.) Her dream had come true. She was a folk singer.

JENNY (sings) "Yes, how many times must the cannonballs fly before they're forever banned."

MAN #1 You gotta lose the guitar, darling.

MAN #2 Hey, come on, baby. Shake it up. Shake it up now.

MAN #3 Hey, somebody ought to get her a harmonica.

The men laugh.

JENNY (sings) "The answer, my friend is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in...

MAN # ...skin, honey. This isn't Captain Kangaroo.

MEN Yeah! Come on!

Man #5 reaches up and tries to stick some money in Jenny's shoe.

MAN #5 : Hey, honey, I got something here for you.

Jenny kicks his hand. He yells angrily as he sits back down, then tosses his drink on her.

MAN #5 Goddamnit!

JENNY Hey! Hey! Stupid jerk! I'm singing a song here. Polly, get out here!

MAN # Hey, show us some stuff, honey!

JENNY Shut up! Oh, shut up!

Forrest walks up to Man #5 and grabs him and tosses him down on the ground. Man #4 tries to grab Forrest, but Forrest shoves him down too.

JENNY Forrest, what are you doing here? What are you doing?

Forrest climbs up onto the stage and picks Jenny up, guitar and all, and carries her.

FORREST Come on.

JENNY What are you doing? Forrest, let me down!

Jenny struggles and frees herself from Forrest. Forrest steps back in surprise. Jenny shoves the guitar at Forrest. Jenny walks off as Forrest holds the guitar. He follows after her.


Forrest follows Jenny over a bridge outside the night club.

JENNY You can't keep doing this, Forrest. You can't keep tryin' to rescue me all the time.

FORREST They was tryin' to grab you.

JENNY A lot of people try to grab me. Just -- you can't keep doing this all the time!

FORREST I can't help it. I love you.

JENNY Forrest, you don't know what love is.

Jenny turns and looks over the bridge.

JENNY You remember that time we prayed, Forrest? We prayed for God to turn me into a bird so I could fly far, far away?

FORREST Yes, I do.

JENNY You think I can fly off this bridge?

FORREST What do you mean, Jenny?

JENNY Nothing.

Jenny turns and looks at the light of an approaching vehicle.

She steps into the street.

JENNY I gotta get outta here.

Jenny runs and flags down the approaching vehicle.

FORREST But wait. Jenny!

JENNY Forrest, you stay away from me, okay? You just stay away from me, please.

A pickup truck pulls over as Jenny looks at the driver.

JENNY Can I have a ride?

DRIVER Where you going?

JENNY I don't care.

DRIVER Get in the truck.

FORREST So bye-bye, Jenny. They sendin' me to Vietnam. It's this whole other country.

Jenny walks toward Forrest. She looks at the driver.

JENNY Just hang on a minute.

Jenny walks up to Forrest.

JENNY Listen, you promise me something, okay? Just if you're ever in trouble, don't try to be brave, you just run, okay? Just run away.

FORREST Okay. Jenny, I'll write you all the time.

Jenny takes a last look at Forrest, then climbs into the truck. Forrest watches Jenny in the pickup as it drives away.

FORREST (V.O.) And just like that.


Forrest, dressed in his uniform, sits on a log and looks out at a river.

FORREST (V.O.) ...she was gone.

Mrs. Gump walks toward Forrest and sits down next to him on the log. Forrest leans down, placing his head on his mother's shoulder.

MRS. GUMP You come back safe to me, do ya hear?


The shadow of a helicopter over the rice field below. A soldier is manning a gun from inside the helicopter. The solider looks left, Forrest and Bubba ride in the helicopter.


The helicopter circles overhead, then lands at the firebase.

SONG "Some folks are born made to wave the flag. Ooh, they're red, white and blue. And when the band plays "Hail to the Chief," ohh, they point the cannon at you all. It ain't me. It ain't me. I ain't no Senator's son, no. It ain't me. It ain't me..."

Bubba and Forrest jump out of the helicopter with their gear/ They walk and look around oddly.

FORREST (V.O.) Now, they told us that Vietnam was gonna be very different from the United Sates of America.

The soldier places a case of beer on a large stack of cases.

He takes two beers out and walks away. In the background, soldiers are barbecuing steaks and drinking beer.

FORREST (V.O.) Except for all the beer cans and the barbecue, it was.

BUBBA Y'know, I bet there's shrimp all in these waters. They tell me these Vietnams is good shrimp. You know, after we win this war, and we take over everything we can get American shrimpers to come on here and shrimp these waters. We'll just shrimp all the time, man. So much shrimp, why, you wouldn't believe it.

Lieutenant DAN TAYLOR steps out of a tent. Shirtless, he holds a roll of toilet paper in his hand.

LT. DAN You must be my F.N.G.'s.

BUBBA AND FORREST Morning', sir!

LT. DAN Ho! Get your hands down. Do not salute me. There are goddamned snipers all around this area who would love to grease an officer. I'm Lieutenant Dan Taylor. Welcome to Fourth Platoon.

Lt. Dan looks at Bubba.

LT. DAN What's wrong with your lips?

BUBBA I was born with big gums, sir.

LT. DAN Yeah, well, you better tuck that in. Gonna get that caught on a trip wire. Where you boys from in the world?

BUBBA & FORREST Alabama, sir!

LT. DAN You twins?

Forrest and Bubba look at each other oddly, they don't get the joke.

FORREST No, we are not relations, sir.

LT. DAN Look, it's pretty basic here.

Lt. Dan starts to walk. Bubba and Forrest grab their gear and follow him.

LT. DAN You stick with me, you learn from the guys who been in country awhile, you'll be right. There is one item of G.I. gear that can be the difference between a live grunt and a dead grunt.

Lt. Dan stops and looks at the boys.

LT. DAN Socks, cushion, sole, O.D. green. Try and keep your feet dry when we're out humpin'. I want you boys to remember to change your socks wherever we stop. The Mekong will eat a grunt's feet right off his legs.

Lt. Dan steps over to a large black soldier named SERGEANT SIMS.

LT. DAN Sergeant Sims! Goddamnit, where is that sling-rope I told you to order.

SGT. SIMS I put in requisitions at Battalion.

LT. DAN Yeah, yeah, yeah, well you call those sonabitches again, call them again and again and again. I don't care how much it takes...

FORREST (V.O.) Lt. Dan sure knew his stuff. I felt real lucky he was my lieutenant. He was from a long, great military tradition. Somebody in his family had fought and died in every single American war.


A distant relative of Lt. Dan's, wearing a revolutionary war uniform, falls dead in the snow.


Another relative, wearing a civil war uniform and bearing a striking resemblance to Lt. Dan, falls down dead.


Another relative, wearing a World War II, falls down dead on the beach at Normandy.


LT. DAN Goddamnit, kick some ass!

SGT. SIMS I'm on it, Lieutenant.

LT. DAN Get on it!

Lt. Dan steps back up to Bubba and Forrest.

FORREST (V.O.) I guess you could say he had a lot to live up to.

Lt. Dan walks along the walkway and Bubba and Forrest follow.

LT. DAN So, you boys are from Arkansas, huh? Well, I've been through there. Little Rock's a fine town. Now, go shake down your gear, see the platoon sergeant, draw what you need for the field.

Lt. Dan steps inside the latrine, still holding the roll of toilet paper.

LT. DAN If you boys are hungry, we got steaks burnin' right here.

Lt. Dan sits down out of sight in the latrine, then stands up, looking at the boys.

LT. DAN Two standing orders in this platoon. One, take good care of your feet. Two, try not to do anything stupid, like gettin' yourself killed.

Lt. Dan sits back down out of sight in the latrine. Bubba and Forrest look at each other.

FORREST I sure hope I don't let him down.


Forrest, Bubba, and other soldiers in the Fourth Platoon walk across the rice field. Some Vietnamese rice farmers are working as the soldiers walk past.

FORREST (V.O.) I got to see a lot of countryside. We would take these real long walks.


Forrest's unit walks along a dirt road.

SONG And we were always lookin' for this guy named Charlie. I can't get no relief.

Suddenly Lt. Dan holds up his fist, a signal for the unit to stop. He motions for them to get down.

LT. DAN Hold it up!

SGT. SIMS Hold up, boys!

Forrest gets down and looks around.

FORREST (V.O.) It wasn't always fun. Lt. Dan always gettin' these funny feelings about a rock or a trail, or the road, so he'd tell you to get down, shut up!

LT. DAN Get down! Shut up!

FORREST (V.O.) So we did.

Lt. Dan motions for the lead soldier to get down. Lt. Dan crouches down. Lt. Dan looks at the soldiers and points to his eyes. He lies down on the dirt road and crawls.

FORREST (V.O.) Now, I don't know much about anything, but I think some of American's best young men served in this war. There was Dallas, from Phoenix. Cleveland, he was from Detroit.

CLEVELAND Hey, Tex. Hey, Tex. Man, what the hell's going on?

Tex holds up his hand, motioning that he doesn't know.

FORREST (V.O.) And Tex was, well, I don't remember where Tex come from.

LT. DAN Ah, nothin'. Fourth Platoon, on your feet! Still got ten clicks to go to that river.

Forrest stands up and begins to walk with the platoon.

LT. DAN All right, move out! Comin' out. Look alive out there.

FORREST (V.O.) The good thing about Vietnam is there was always someplace to go.

LT. DAN (V.O.) Fire in the hole!




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