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Forrest starts off as a gimpy kid in leg braces whose IQ is too low for him to get into public school. But his dedicated mother finds a way around that. When Forrest is befriended by schoolmate Jenny, a lifelong friendship begins. After shedding those braces and realizing he can run like the wind, Forrest begins a highly eventful life.
He becomes a college football star, a decorated soldier in Vietnam, a ping-pong champion and a
folkloric jogger-hero. He meets presidents and celebrities. He travels the world over. He honors a
promise made to deceased war pal Bubba to run a shrimp boat. He takes care
of his former lieutenant, a man painfully embittered by his war experiences. -- Desson Howe