20 Things You Somehow Missed In Forrest Gump

Forrest never blinks while playing ping-pong.

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Forrest Gump is one of those all-time classic movies most of us have seen literally dozens - if not hundreds! - of times since its 1994 release.

Between Tom Hanks' sublime, Oscar-winning performance, the excellent ensemble cast, amazing direction, and witty, heartfelt script, it's an enduring classic for so many good reasons.

But even a film as well-known as Forrest Gump can still offer up surprises on repeat viewings, proving just how much thought was put into every aspect of its production.

And almost three decades on, with higher-definition releases of the movie being made available in recent times, we can also glean details that were otherwise near-impossible to spot on prior releases.

And so, poring back over Robert Zemeckis' Best Picture-winning masterpiece today, here are 20 mind-blowing details you almost certainly didn't notice on your own - but if you did, be sure to give yourself a firm pat on the back.

From incredible feats of visual effects trickery hidden in plain sight to stunningly meaningful Easter eggs, impressive symbolism, and everything in-between, these visual details only make an already fantastic film even better...

20. Elvis Is Voiced By Kurt Russell

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Of the many, many ways Forrest influences the world throughout his life, one of the most amusing must surely be teaching Elvis Presley his famously jerky dance movements.

Though Elvis was physically portrayed by Peter Dobson in the scene, his voice was actually dubbed over in post-production, and by a most unexpected name actor no less.

Kurt Russell was the one who lent his voice to Elvis, doing so as a favour to Robert Zemeckis after previously playing Presley in the 1979 TV movie Elvis, for which he received a Best Actor Emmy nomination.

You'd never guess it simply by listening, but that's Kurt alright.


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