DAY IN HISTORY: Forrest Gump opens in cinemas

"LIFE is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

And with that simple but profound statement, Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump worked his way into our hearts and movie folklore when it opened in theatres in the US on July 6, 1994.

The film, based on Winston Groom's 1986 novel of the same name, witnesses the voyage of a young, physically-challenged boy from the country's south to football star, war hero, ping pong champion, successful entrepreneur, cult figure and finally, his most significant role, a father.

Along the way, he becomes involved with some of the world's great icons and moments in history: Elvis, US Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and John Lennon.

Despite finding himself in some incredible situations and under extreme pressure, Forrest stays true to himself, his mother, played by Sally Field, and his beloved Jenny (Robin Wright Penn).

The movie was a box office smash and was recognised with 13 Academy Award nominations, taking home six golden Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor (Hanks) and Best Director (Robert Zemeckis).

The return to the Academy dais for Hanks, who won the year before for Philadelphia, created film history with the actor becoming only the second person, after Spencer Tracy, to claim back-to-back Oscars.


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