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Forrest Gump (1994): “Run, Forrest, Run!” | Transcript

Forrest Gump recounts a childhood miracle: escaping bullies despite his leg braces, inspired by Jenny's urging, leading to his first triumphant run.

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Forrest Gump (1994)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis

In this poignant scene from “Forrest Gump,” we witness the titular character, played by Tom Hanks, sharing a pivotal moment from his childhood with a nurse on a park bench. As he recounts his mother’s wisdom about everyday miracles, we are transported to a flashback of young Forrest (Michael Conner Humphreys) and his friend Jenny (Hanna Hall) walking home, only to be cruelly targeted by bullies. The tension builds as Forrest struggles to escape, hindered by his leg braces, until a moment of sheer determination and the encouragement from Jenny propel him into a miraculous run that shatters his physical constraints. This scene encapsulates the themes of resilience and transformation, highlighting Forrest’s journey from a ridiculed child to a figure of inspirational endurance.

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EXT. PARK BENCH — DAY

Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), sitting on a park bench, is telling his life story to a nurse (Rebecca Williams).

Forrest: Now, my mama always told me that miracles happen every day. (The nurse nods.) Some people don’t think so, but they do.

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD — DAY

We flash back to young Forrest (Michael Conner Humphreys) walking home with young Jenny (Hanna Hall), when a stone hits him on the head. He turns to see three boys, picking up more stones.

Boy #1: Hey, dummy!

Another stone is thrown, this time hitting Forrest in the eye. He falls down.

Boy #1: Are you retarded, or just plain stupid?

Boy #2: (Imitating Forrest) Look, I’m Forrest Gimp!

Jenny: Just run away, Forrest.

More stones are thrown. Jenny pushes him on.

Jenny: Run, Forrest! Run away! Hurry!

Forrest walks as fast as he can, but his calipers restrict his movement.

Boy #2: Get the bikes!

Boy #1: Hurry up, let’s get him!

They grab their bikes and set off after Forrest.

Boy: Come on! Look out, dummy! Here we come. We’re going to get you!

Jenny: Run, Forrest, run! Run, Forrest!

Forrest limps along the path. Music starts softly as he looks back to see the boys gaining on him.

Boy: Come back here, you!

Forrest begins to jog. The boys laugh. They’re gaining fast. And then Forrest’s legs begin to click into a rhythm. Time seems to slow down.

Jenny: Run, Forrest! Run!

And just like that, Forrest does. He runs. And as he does so, his calipers fall apart, and suddenly — as the music soars — his legs are free.

Forrest: (Voice-over) Now you wouldn’t believe it if I told you…

We cut back to Forrest on the park bench.

Forrest: … But I can run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running!

Back with young Forrest now. The boys are pedalling furiously, but he’s a dot in the distance. They screech to a halt, knowing they won’t catch him. One kid pushes over his bike in frustration. Young Forrest runs off the path onto the grassy fields, the camera craning up high as he goes.

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