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'Forrest Gump' to get Imax theatrical re-release for 20th anniversary

'Forrest Gump' to get Imax theatrical re-release for 20th anniversary
Robin Wright as Jenny and Tom Hanks as Forrest in 1994's "Forrest Gump." (Paramount Pictures)

"Forrest Gump" is headed back to the big screen for its 20th anniversary — or, rather, the bigger screen. The weeklong September re-release will screen exclusively in Imax, with digitally remastered images and sound.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film, of course, stars Tom Hanks as the dimwitted but full-lived everyman Forrest Gump, a Southerner who somehow keeps ending up in a front-row seat for many of the most significant events in U.S. history from the 1950s through the 1980s: the civil rights movement, the assassinations of JFK and RFK, the moon landing, the Vietnam War, etc.

Originally released July 6, 1994, "Gump" was a huge hit, winning six Academy Awards — including best picture, actor and director — and grossing more than $675 million at the global box office, making it the highest-grossing film ever at the time.

For all its success and pop-culture endurance — we all know why life is like a box of chocolates, after all — "Gump" remains a surprisingly polarizing movie 20 years on. Where many see a heartwarming modern classic full of good old American values, others see a mawkish, manipulative baby-boomer fairy tale.

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Moviegoers will have a chance to reevaluate when "Forrest Gump" returns to theaters Sept. 5.

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