Forrest Gump. 1994. USA. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. 142 min.
Screenplay by Eric Roth, from a novel by Winston Groom. With Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright. The searing irony of Zemeckis’s epic vision of baby-boom America—governed by randomness, passivity, and solipsism—sailed past critics (who hated it) and the Academy (who gave it six Oscars), smuggled in as it was behind Tom Hanks’s tremendously engaging performance. Behind the bromides lies a 20th-century Huckleberry Finn, a portrait of a society divided into the lucky and the luckless, victors and victims.