Forrest Gump is a movie that stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Sally Field. The film is set in the state of Alabama during the life of Gump, who has a low IQ of only 70. Forrest is portrayed by Tom Hanks. He is raised by his mother, who is portrayed by Sally Field. Forrest is an only child who lives in a boarding house that his mother owns, as her husband has left the family and they need a source of income. She always encourages Forrest to be all that he can be despite his mental aptitude.
Robin Wright portrays Jenny, who is Forrest's best friend from the time that he meets her on a school bus as a child. She comes from a broken home as well and is a victim of abuse from her father. The two bond almost immediately. The film takes viewers through some of the historic events in U.S history such as the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and the death of John F. Kennedy. The story is told from Forrest's perspective as he lives his life as a student, soldier, shrimp boat captain and son.