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Feb 27, 2017

In 1994, a movie came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man was Forrest. Forrest Gump.

For the month of February, I focused episode topics on historical and pop culture references in the movie. This is the last episode of the series, in which we talk about the book that inspired the movie, the soundtrack everyone in my high school had and wore out, and the cultural impact of this modern-day classic. And, because I couldn’t just talk about this film by myself, I have a special guest with me for this episode.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, with Nick from the Epic Film Guys, and this is The Story Behind Forrest Gump.

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Media:

Music for Makers

Alan Silvestri - The Feather Theme from the "Forrest Gump" Soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEY3o00LRHI 

Sources:

http://www.mtv.com/news/1922408/forrest-gump-trivia/

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http://www.mtv.com/news/1922456/forrest-gump-sequel/

http://www.slashfilm.com/911-killed-the-forrest-gump-sequel/

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/03/496412606/why-it-took-forrest-gump-author-nearly-20-years-to-write-a-new-novel

https://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2013/03/10-songs-inspired-by-movie-characters.html

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