'Forrest Gump' at 20: What Would He Witness Today?
Sep 4, 2014

Forrest Gump took $677 million in global box office after its 1994 opening and earned six Oscars — including best picture, best actor for Hanks and best director for Robert Zemeckis.

But Gump's biggest contribution to film history might be its beloved main character's accidental seat at world history's table. He meets presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson. He inspires Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

"Forrest Gump inserted himself into the timeline of world history," says author Winston Groom, whose 1986 novel was the film's basis. "That has seeped into the American lexicon."

Gump returns for its 20th anniversary in a digitally remastered version to IMAX theaters — the first time in the format — for a week starting today (and on home digital Sept. 16). The character brings his true love Jenny (Robin Wright), his Vietnam war leader Lt. Dan (Gary Sinise) and his shrimp-boating inspiration Bubba Gump (Mykelti Williamson).

To celebrate, we asked those involved with the film to imagine where in history they'd bring Forrest Gump if a new movie were made today.

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