Where In the World Was Vietnam?
The magic of movie technology has the power to use any backdrop to create the illusion of place, but did you know that Vietnam in Forrest Gump was really filmed on location in Savannah, Georgia and in South Carolina?
The Vietnam War setting was important to the movie not only because of how it helps to further develop Forrest’s character but also as the polar opposite of the hippie lifestyle that Jenny Curran espouses. The war also carries the plot forward, creates many of the relationships, and also sets the stage for many of the tragedies that make the movie into a melodramatic tear-jerker. Lieutenant Dan loses his legs, and Bubba loses his life. But, somewhere along the line, we also see that survival is possible.