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At an anti-war gathering at the Lincoln Monument Forest Gump is asked about the War in Vietnam. The sound goes out while he has his say and the person who heard it (close enough) says “You said it all, man!”

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According to Tom Hanks, he says, “Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don’t go home at all. That’s a bad thing. That’s all I have to say about that.”

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Forrest Gump is a terrific movie and the original book by Winston Groom is a highly entertaining read as well.  As with most movie adaptions there are differences between the movie and the book.  In the book Forrest is 6’4” and 242 lbs.  His legs were perfectly healthy as a child.  As a young man he becomes an astronaut and is sent to space with an ape named Sue.  They crash land in the jungle and are taken hostage by cannibals.

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Tom Hanks didn’t take a salary to do the movie.  Instead he took “points” which netted him around $40 million dollars.

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