What Forrest Gump Really Says During His Vietnam Speech

Forrest Gump, the classic movie about a slow-witted man who finds himself being pulled into every major United States event of the 1960s and 70s was the #1 film at the box office in the summer of 1994 for a 10-week run — and in theaters for 42 weeks total. It went on to pull $677.4 million worldwide, give Tom Hanks his second Oscar statue, and a host of wonderful scenes and lines. But one of the best ones wasn’t even heard in the movie. It was left up to the imagination of the viewer.

When Forrest goes to Washington, DC to speak, his microphone goes mute right when he begins to speak, but Tom Hanks has said that his lines from the speech were “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.”