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Flicks Flashback: 'Forrest Gump' still holds strong 20 years later

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Tom Hanks is one of Hollywood’s most likeable actors and that’s what helped make “Forrest Gump” such a popular movie. Hard to believe it has been 20 years since we first learned about the various types of shrimp and all of the lessons that “mama” always said.

Forrest Gump
Original Release Date: July 8, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $55, Opening: $24.4, Total: $329.6, Worldwide: $679.4

Flicks Facts:

- Tom Hanks wasn’t paid for the role, instead opting for a share of the profits.

-John Travolta, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase were all in the mix to play Gump while Dave Chappelle, David Alan Grier and Ice Cube were courted for the role of Gump’s friend Bubba.

-Tom Hanks’ brother Jim doubled for him during many of the film’s running sequences. Hanks’ daughter Elizabeth also had a cameo as one of the girls on the bus that young Forrest rides.

Other Notable Milestones

1 Year Ago
Grown Ups 2
Original Release Date: July 12, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $80, Opening: $41.5, Total: $133.6, Worldwide: $247

Flashback: So maybe we should stop under-estimating Brad Pitt? Just saying.

5 Years Ago
Bruno
Original Release Date: July 10, 2009

The Line (in millions) – Budget: $42, Opening: $30.6, Total: $60, Worldwide: $130.7

Flashback: 2009 was definitely the year of Sandra Bullock and this helped get that year off right.

10 Years Ago
Anchorman
Original Release Date: July 9, 2004

The Line (in millions) – Budget: $25, Opening: $28.4, Total: $84.1, Worldwide: $89.4

Flashback: This was a prime example of a classic Disney template for success (before Pixar) and its one of many Mouse fans all-time favorites.

15 Years Ago
American Pie
Original Release Date: July 9, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $12, Opening: $18.7, Total: $101.8, Worldwide: $234.7

Flashback: It may not have been one of Jack Nicholson’s biggest hits, but it made money.

Next week: An all-time Arnold classic turns 20.

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