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FORREST
Hello. My name's Forrest Gump.

He opens a box of chocolates and holds it out for the nurse.

FORREST
You want a chocolate?

The nurse shakes her head, a bit apprehensive about this
strange man next to her.

FORREST
I could eat about a million and a
half of these. My momma always said,
"Life was 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.

FORREST
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.

FORREST
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.

FORREST
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.

FORREST
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.

FORREST (V.O.)
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, MRS. GUMP, 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.

MRS. GUMP
Forrest!

EXT. GREENBOW, ALABAMA

Mrs. Gump and young Forrest walk across the street. Forrest
walks stiffly next to his mother.

FORREST (V.O.)
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.

FORREST (V.O.)
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. Forrest Gump.

EXT. GREENB
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