Stereotypes In The Film 'Fortunate Son'

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Paramount Pictures released the fictional movie Forrest Gump on July 6, 1984 to major success. Robert Zemeckis directs the film, which stars Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump. Raised by his single mother, Forrest grows up in Greenbow, Alabama. Throughout the movie, Forrest becomes involved in many of the major events that occur in the United States between the 1950’s and 1980’s. Some of these events include becoming a college football star at the University of Alabama, serving in the Vietnam War, reporting the Watergate Scandal, becoming a shrimp boat captain, founding Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co., and running across the country. During Forrest’s helicopter ride into Vietnam, the song, “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival plays. This song not only sets the scene as the song commonly known, but also balances the political spectrum between liberals and conservatives. One of the effects of Robert Zemeckis choosing the song “Fortunate Son” is the balancing of political beliefs in the movie. Jeff Saporito interviews Tom Hanks regarding the films political agenda. Hanks says that, ”The film is nonpolitical and thus nonjudgmental”(Saporito). Jeff Saporito…show more content…
John did an interview with Kory Grow from Rolling Stone, which in the interview he goes on to explain that the song aims at arguing against the American war in Vietnam (Grow). John accompanies his brother Tommy, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford to form the band Creedence Clearwater Revival. John recounts his childhood with Mike Mettler of Fox News. In the interview, he talks about growing up with many protests that occur because of various issues, including the widely unpopular Vietnam War (Mettler). Protestors of the war often used their music while demonstrating against the war in Vietnam. The band members were against the war, thus allowing people to rally against the war using their
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