SHOW BUSINESS: The World According to Gump

Forrest Gump portrays America through the eyes of a wise fool and has become the summer's sensation

You see them -- folks of all ages and both sexes -- floating out of the movie theater on waves of honorable sentiment. The kids look thoughtful, the grownups wistful. Couples are holding hands. This is not a Speed crowd; these people haven't just exited a roller-coaster movie -- they've completed an upbeat encounter session with America's recent past. No question: one more audience has been Gumped.

Forrest Gump, a romantic epic starring Tom Hanks as a slow but sweet-souled Alabama boy who lucks into nearly every headline event of the past 40 years, is the summer sensation: a popular hit...

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