EXT. A SAVANNAH STREET - DAY - 1981
A feather floats through the air. The falling feather. A city, Savannah, is revealed in the background. The feather floats down toward the city below. The feather drops down toward the street below, as people walk past and cars drive by, and nearly lands on a man's shoulder. He walks across the street, causing the feather to be whisked back on its journey. The feather floats above a stopped car. The car drives off right as the feather floats down toward the street. The feather floats under a passing car, then is sent flying back up in the air. A MAN sits on a bus bench. The feather floats above the ground and finally lands on the man's mud-soaked shoe. The man reached down and picks up the feather. His name is FORREST GUMP. He looks at the feather oddly, moves aside a box of chocolates from an old suitcase, then opens the case. Inside the old suitcase are an assortment of clothes, a ping-pong paddle, toothpaste and other personal items. Forrest pulls out a book titled "Curious George," then places the feather inside the book. Forrest closes the suitcase. Something in his eyes reveals that Forrest may not be all there. Forrest looks right as the sound of an arriving bus is heard. A bus pulls up. Forrest remains on the bus bench as the bus continues on. A BLACK WOMAN in a nurse's outfit steps up and sits down at the bus bench next to Forrest. The nurse begins to read a magazine as Forrest looks at her.
阿甘 Hello. My name's Forrest Gump. He opens a box of
chocolates and holds it out for the nurse.
阿甘 You want a chocolate?
The nurse shakes her head, a bit apprehensive about this strange man next to her.
阿甘 I could eat about a million and a half of these.
.."My mama always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.""
Forrest eats a chocolate as he looks down at the nurse's shoes.
阿甘 Those must be comfortable shoes. I'll bet you could
walk all day in shoes like that and not feel a thing.
I wish I had shoes like that.
Black Woman My feet hurt.
阿甘 Momma always says there's an awful lot you could
tell about a person by their shoes. Where they're going.
Where they've been.
The black woman stares at Forrest as he looks down at his own shoes.
阿甘 I've worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard
I could remember my first pair of shoes.
Forrest closes his eyes tightly.
阿甘 Momma said they'd take my anywhere.
INT. COUNTRY DOCTOR'S OFFICE - GREENBOW, ALABAMA - DAY - 1951
A little boy closes his eyes tightly. It is young Forrest as he sits in a doctor's office.
阿甘 (voice-over) She said they was my magic shoes.
Forrest has been fitted with orthopedic shoes and metal leg braces.
DOCTOR All right, Forrest, you can open your eyes now.
Let's take a little walk around.
The doctor sets Forrest down on its feet. Forrest walks around stiffly. Forrest's mother, 甘太太, watches him as he clanks around the room awkwardly.
DOCTOR How do those feel? His legs are strong, Mrs. Gump.
As strong as I've ever seen. But his back is as crooked
as a politician.
Forrest walks foreground past the doctor and Mrs. Gump.
DOCTOR But we're gonna straighten him right up now,
won't we, Forrest?
A loud thud is heard as, outside, Forrest falls.
甘太太 . Forest!
EXT. GREENBOW, ALABAMA
Mrs. Gump and young Forrest walk across the street. Forrest walks stiffly next to his mother.
阿甘 Now, when I was a baby, Momma named me after the great Civil War hero, General Nathan Bedford Forrest...
EXT. RURAL ALABAMA
A black and white photo of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. The photo turns into live action as the General dons a hooded sheet over his head. The General is in full Ku Klux Klan garb, including his horse. The General rides off, followed by a large group of Klan members dressed in full uniform.
阿甘 (voice-over) She said we was related to him in some way.
And, what he did was, he started up this club called the
Ku Klux Klan. They'd all dress up in their robes and their
bedsheets and act like a bunch of ghosts or spooks or
something. They'd even put bedsheets on their horses
and ride around. And anyway, that's how I got my name.
Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk across the street.
阿甘 (voice-over) Momma said that the Forrest part was to
remind me that sometimes we all do things that, well,
just don't make no sense. Forrest stops suddenly as his
brace gets stuck. Forrest's brace is caught in a gutter
grate. Mrs. Gump bends down and tries to free Forrest.
Two old cronies sit in front of a barber shop and watch.
甘太太 Just wait, let me get it.
Mrs. Gump struggles to pull the stuck brace from the grate.
甘太太 Let me get it. Wait, get it this way. Hold on.
Forrest pulls his foot out of the grate.
甘太太 All right.
Mrs. Gump helps Forrest up onto the sidewalk. She looks up and notices the two old man.
甘太太 All right. What are you all staring at? Haven't you ever
seen a little boy with braces on his legs before?
Mrs. Gump and Forrest walk along the sidwalk past the two old men. Mrs. Gump holds tightly onto Forrest's hand.
甘太太 Don't ever let anybody tell you they're better than you,
Forrest. If God intended everybody to be the same,
he'd have given us all braces on our legs.