I wasn’t so good in school. I was so ungood in school I quit. Towards the end of school I was doing more writing on my own rather than school work and I never understood why the teachers would get pissed off at that. I mean, obviously the kid is showing some interest in something. So at some point, my mom is yelling to me reading me the riot act about something and then she goes, “Oh, and by the way this little writing career of yours is over!” and I go, “Okay, when I become famous as a writer no house for you.”
The music of Forrest Gump doesn’t merely serve as the background filler to the movie, rather, it enhances it, and helps the viewer further get a glimpse and taste the era Forrest finds himself in. The twang of the guitar in Duane Eddy’s Rebel Rouser takes us down to the Deep South in a time it brimmed with racial segregation and discrimination, while Jefferson Airplane’s Volunteers successfully strums up the vehement feelings of the late 60’s. Even though it is a diverse selection of music from a very eventful time in American, and world, history, the soundtrack of Forrest Gump somehow comes together perfectly, and, without feeling like a jumbled oldies station, further cements the brilliance of the movie.
Jack Nicholson filmed by Vivian Kubrick on the set of The Shining (1980)