10 things you [hopefully] didn’t know about Forrest Gump…

“Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Well you do when you shop at TruffleShuffle… You can guarantee that you will find some great movie t-shirts amongst pages and pages of the best retro gear on the web.

If [like me] you’re a fan of the slightly slow-witted southern boy and his extraodinary life story then we have some great Forrest Gump T-Shirts that you will definitely love. As with other famous block-busters there is lots of great facts and trivia surrounding the making of this epic romantic comedy-drama classic, so I thought I’d share 10 of my favourite facts about the making of the story surrounding the Bubba Gump shrimp entrepreneur.

1 – John Travolta, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray all turned down the role of Forrest Gump.

2 – Sally Field, who played the mother of Forrest, is only 10 years older than Tom Hanks. Sally Field had previously co-starred with Tom Hanks, in the film “Punchline” 1988. In this film the character of Hanks makes proposal to heroine of Sally.

3 – With the first scene of each age transition one thing remains the same, Forrest always wears a blue plaid shirt.

4 – Apparently, the line Forrest says when his microphone is turned off at the Vietnam rally is: “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.”

5 – There was no ball in the Ping-Pong matches scenes; it was entirely CGI.

6 – Gary Sinise’s lower legs were wrapped in a special blue fabric that allowed them to be digitally removed later.

7 – Tom Hanks’ younger brother Jim Hanks doubled for him in many of his numerous running sequences.

8 – The traffic flow around squares in Savannah is normally counterclockwise. The flow was reversed for the movie in order to have the bus doors open into the square.

9 – This was Haley Joel Osment’s first film role.

10 – Forrest has his eyes closed in every photo you see of him in the movie.

So there you have it, 10 facts you hopefully didn’t know another one of my favourite retro films. Thankfully we have some great retro tshirts to show your appreciation too!!

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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 53!

Zippidy Doo Da! It has to be a bank holiday bonanza!

As waves rhythmically crash against rocks on a beach, let us be your tiny but eager archaeologist, equipped with a bright red bucket and spade as we excitedly build for you a castle of mega cinematic greatness surrounded by a mote of celluloid wonder so we can proudly raise our flag of retro movie awesomeness.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 25th MAY

Space Camp (1986)Watch 12:55pm-3:05pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Six high-school students at a summer academy for would-be astronauts find themselves fighting for survival after being accidentally launched into orbit, and individually have to draw on their own particular talents as oxygen levels start to drop. Children’s sci-fi adventure, starring Kate Capshaw, Tom Skerritt, Lea Thompson, Joaquin Phoenix and Tate Donovan.

The Witches (1990)Watch 5:00pm-6:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A boy goes on holiday with his grandmother to a seaside hotel hosting a convention of witches, who have come together to hear their leader’s plan to turn all the children in England into mice. When the chief hag discovers the young lad eavesdropping at their meeting, she decides to make him one of her first victims. Children’s fantasy directed by Nicolas Roeg, based on the book by Roald Dahl, and starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Jane Horrocks, Rowan Atkinson and Brenda Blethyn.

Arachnophobia (1990)Watch 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A mild-mannered doctor sets up practice in a small town, but a cloud gathers over his career due to a series of unexplained deaths. Before long, he has to convince the locals that a horde of venomous spiders is responsible and confront his intense fear of arachnids into the bargain. Comedy horror, starring Jeff Daniels, John Goodman, Julian Sands and Brian McNamara.

Forrest Gump (1994)Film4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
A simple soul bumbles his way through a series of bizarre adventures, becoming an American football star, Vietnam veteran, table tennis champion and millionaire businessman – but the love of his life continues to elude him. Robert Zemeckis’s Oscar-winning comedy drama, starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise.

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**COMING SOON** Men's Forrest Gump Bench T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies)

SUNDAY 26th MAY

Look Who’s Talking (1989)Watch 2:15pm-4:10pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Pregnant Mollie is dumped by her boyfriend, and sets out after the baby’s birth to find a surrogate father for her infant son Mikey, who comments on proceedings through a wisecracking inner monologue. Mikey is confident the cab driver who helped deliver him is the perfect man for the job – but his mother is less than convinced. Comedy, with John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and the voice of Bruce Willis.

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)Film4 3:05pm-4:50pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A scientist perfects a device for making objects grow when they come into contact with electricity. Unfortunately, his two-year-old son is accidentally turned into a giant and goes on the rampage through the streets of Las Vegas. Disney comedy sequel, starring Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri and Lloyd Bridges.

Crocodile Dundee II (1988)Film4 6:50pm-9:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The rugged Australian adventurer sets out to save his reporter girlfriend from New York drug dealers. Having rescued her from their clutches, he realises they will soon be coming after him – so he decides to even the odds by luring them to the Outback for a final showdown. Comedy adventure sequel, starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Charles S Dutton.

Back to the Future Part III (1990)ITV2 6:40pm-9:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.

Ladies Back To The Future Delorean Firetracks T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for men)
Ladies Back To The Future Delorean Firetracks T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for men)

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 27th MAY

Romancing the Stone (1984)Channel 4 1:05pm-3:10pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A romantic novelist goes in search of her kidnapped sister in the steamy jungles of South America, only to become the target of a villainous general who demands as a ransom the valuable treasure map in her possession. Help is at hand in the form of a craggy daredevil fortune hunter, who has his eye on a share of the profits. Comedy adventure, starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.

Cool Runnings (1993)BBC1 London 1:55pm-3:25pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
A sprinter fails to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic squad, but refuses to give up his dream. Learning that a former US bobsleigh coach is living nearby, he seizes the chance to shine in an entirely different sport, and cajoles three of his friends to join him in training for the 1988 Winter Olympics in the far less tropical environment of Canada. Fact-based comedy, with John Candy, Leon, Doug E Doug and Malik Yoba.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)Film4 5:00pm-7:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely boy and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton’s fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price.

Short Circuit (1986)Movies 24 5:00pm-7:00pm (2 hours)
A military robot is struck by lightning and develops a mind of its own. The machine embarks on a series of comic misadventures, but the company that made him want him back. He realises his only hope is to convince the scientist who invented him that he really is alive. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy and Fisher Stevens.

Bam! Bonus movie clip time for y’all to get in the mood a lil’ bit o’ shrimp knowledge.

Whatever you get up to this Bank Holiday, remember don’t eat the gum from under the table and enjoy yourselves.

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Batten down the hatches, it’s only the weekend!

So like a big hairy spider dominantly standing in the centre of your bath tub, let us be your fearless Nanna, as we try and scoop you up in the giant glass of retro movie greatness before we squish you under the rolled up newspaper of cinematic awesomeness and wash you away in a flood of celluloid decadence.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 18th MAY

Beetlejuice (1988)Sky Movies Sci-fi & Horror 3:30pm-5:10pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

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Ladies Ghost With The Most Beetlejuice T-Shirt £22.99 (also available for men!)

California Man (1992)Film4 5:10pm-7:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Two high-school students accidentally unearth a frozen Stone Age caveman in their backyard. They decide to thaw him out and show him off around town. Unfortunately, their ticket to cool starts to run out of control and cause mayhem all over the state. Teen comedy, starring Brendan Fraser, Sean Astin, Pauly Shore, Megan Ward and Mariette Hartley.

Small Soldiers (1998)ITV2 6:30pm-8:45pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A hi-tech computer chip has a bizarre effect on a squad of toy soldiers, causing mayhem for their owner as the miniature marauders engage in a series of scaled-down skirmishes. Children’s adventure mixing live action and computer animation, starring Kirsten Dunst, Denis Leary and Gregory Smith, with the voices of Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)Film4 9:00pm-12:15am (3 hours 15 minutes)
In the aftermath of the Normandy landings, a group of American soldiers scours the battlefields of France in search of a missing infantryman, who has been given compassionate leave to return home because his brothers have been killed in the conflict. Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Second World War drama, starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Barry Pepper and Vin Diesel.

SUNDAY 19th MAY

Caddyshack (1980)Sky Movies Comedy 2:50pm-4:30pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A host of weird and wacky characters cause mayhem at an exclusive golf club, including a laid-back professional player, an obnoxious millionaire, the snobbish club president, a motley collection of teenage caddies and a psychotic groundskeeper engaging in a fight to the death with a canny gopher. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Michael O’Keefe and Rodney Dangerfield.

Cinderella (1950)Sky Movies Disney 6:35pm-8:00pm (1 hour 25 minutes)
An orphan is forced to live a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother. The king of the realm she lives in organises a lavish ball to find a bride for his son, and a caring fairy godmother puts her magic to the task of turning the downtrodden girl into a princess. Disney animated fairytale, with the voices of Ilene Woods, William Phipps and Verna Felton.

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Ladies Cinderella T-Shirt £19.99

The Simpsons Movie (2007)E4 8:00pm-9:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Homer unwittingly pollutes Lake Springfield, so the US government decides to isolate the city underneath a giant dome. The Simpsons manage to escape and plan to start a new life in Alaska – but learn Springfield is about to be destroyed, and return to save their friends. With the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith.

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Simpsons Homer This Dude Rocks Lounge Pants £16.99

The Incredible Hulk (2008)ITV2 7:45pm-10:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A bungled experiment causes a scientist to turn into a monster whenever he gets angry. He travels the world seeking a cure for his condition, while a ruthless general is determined to capture him and use the creature as a weapon. However, one of the soldiers under the officer’s command undergoes a terrifying transformation of his own. Comic-book adventure, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt.

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Men's Green Keep Calm Don't Make Me Angry Incredible Hulk T-Shirt £17.99 (also available for ladies)

Allakazoo, it’s bonus movie clip time. I find myself singing this any time I’m making lunch – not sure why!

If only fairy God Mothers actually existed……! 😉

Mmm yet another tasty weekend of films, looks like we’ll be working on improving that butt-groove in the couch a little bit more.

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember no dive bombing in the shallow end and always enjoy yourselves.

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Skinny Pete and Badger too!  It has to be the Weekend!

So, deep beneath the oceans swell amongst the blue and yellow angel fish who swim merrily among the coral and seaweed, where lies the wreckage of the old Hispaniola. Deep inside lurks a devilishly curious octopus who’s made its self at home. Intriguingly let us be your bikini-shell clad mermaid as we search for shiny pearls of movie greatness, look under pebbles for retro cinematic awesomeness and  chase orange and white clown fish for celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend! 🙂

SATURDAY 27th APRIL

Uncle Buck (1989)ITV London 3:35pm-5:30pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
An unreliable but good-natured slob is called upon to look after his trouble-making nephew and nieces while their parents are away – and what starts as a disaster soon changes for the better as the unlikely babysitter gets to grips with the finer points of being a responsible adult. Family comedy, starring John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan and Laurie Metcalf.

American Pie (1999)Sky Movies Comedy 6:15pm-8:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Four teenage boys make a solemn pact to lose their virginity before the high-school prom, and though their antics cause them huge embarrassment and public humiliation, the friends also learn about love and affection in their relations with the opposite sex. Coming-of-age comedy, starring Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Chris Klein, Alyson Hannigan, Mena Suvari, Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy.

Under Siege (1992)5USA 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Terrorists infiltrate a US battleship in a carefully orchestrated move to steal its arsenal of nuclear weapons, unaware the ship’s resourceful cook – a veteran US Navy Seal – and a scantily clad stripper are about to foil their plans. Action adventure, starring Steven Seagal, Erika Eleniak, Gary Busey and Tommy Lee Jones.

Commando (1985)ITV London 10:35pm-12:20am (1 hour 45 minutes)
The daughter of retired special forces officer John Matrix is kidnapped by an old comrade-in-arms, now in league with a deposed former dictator. The tyrant plans to use the girl to force Matrix into assassinating the head of the country he once ruled, but is unprepared for the lengths to which the veteran soldier will go to rescue his child. Action adventure, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rae Dawn Chong.

SUNDAY 28th APRIL

The Cannonball Run (1981)5USA 2:00pm-4:00pm (2 hours)
A rogue car racer and his manic sidekick compete in an illegal race across America. The crafty duo plan to use an ambulance to keep one step ahead of the police, but face stiff competition from other eccentric speed enthusiasts, all of whom have plenty of dirty tricks up their sleeves. Comedy, starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore and Dom DeLuise.

Legend (1985)Film4 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A peasant boy, who has a special bond with animals and fairies, shows his sweetheart the last surviving unicorns. Unfortunately, a monstrous demon and his goblin henchmen despise the mythical creatures and trick the girl into harming one of them, forcing Jack to act quickly to save her immortal soul. Ridley Scott’s fantasy adventure, starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry and David Bennent.

Big (1988)Sky Movies Family 9:45pm-11:40pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A boy ridiculed for his size makes a wish on a fairground machine to become bigger – only to wake up as a 30-year-old man. Driven from his home by his terrified mother, the bewildered youngster trapped in a grown-up body makes his way to New York, where he rises high in the ranks of a toy manufacturing company and applies his childlike brain and emotions to the complexities of adult life. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.

Coming to America (1988)Film4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A bored African prince defies his father’s plans for an arranged marriage and escapes to the USA to find a bride on his own terms. Comedy, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in several roles, with James Earl Jones, Allison Dean, Eriq La Salle and Madge Sinclair.

Haaawoooga! Its bonus movie clip time. This week features something every kid in school wanted after watching this movie.

Unfortunately jumping up and down on your older sisters mini synthesiser does not work – it only gets you a black eye! Sorry Sis 😉

Whatever you get up to this weekend, try not step on the cracks and always enjoy yourselves.

Cheerio.

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Bears in jumpers! Is it the weekend?

So, as the sun descends over the dusty planes of old wild west, where herds of cattle graze freely on the lush vegetation, let us be your band of sun-kissed, dirt covered cowboys as we attempt to drive this cattle train over fields of retro movie greatness, across rivers of mega cinematic awesomeness and through valleys of celluloid amazement. Yeeehaw!

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 20th APRIL

Kindergarten Cop (1990)ITV London 3:30pm-5:30pm (2 hours)
A tough detective is forced to pose as a pre-school teacher in a bid to capture a drug dealer whose son is one of the pupils. However, his biggest challenge turns out to be controlling a class full of five-year-olds. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Linda Hunt, Pamela Reed and Richard Tyson.

Rocky IV (1985)Channel 5 7:40pm-9:30pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The Italian Stallion agrees to help former champion Apollo Creed train for a match against a seemingly invincible boxer from the Soviet Union, only to see his friend die as a result of injuries sustained in the fight. Rocky vows to avenge him, and prepares to take on the Russian heavyweight in his own country. Drama sequel, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. With Dolph Lundgren, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers and Brigitte Nielsen.

Men's Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies)
Men's Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)Film4 9:00pm-10:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A stressed businessman just wants to make it home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. However, when his flight is forced to land miles from its destination, he finds himself sharing a disaster-strewn journey across America with an amiable but slobbish salesman. Comedy road movie, starring Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Kevin Bacon and Michael McKean.

Parenthood (1989)ITV London 10:45pm-1:00am (2 hours 15 minutes)
Anxious family man Gil Buckman is determined to have a better relationship with his three children than he had with his tough father. Elsewhere, his two sisters are also having family problems – one is struggling to understand her two troubled teenagers, while the other’s husband wants to turn their toddler into a child genius. Comedy drama, starring Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards and Dianne Wiest.

SUNDAY 21st APRIL

Toy Story (1995)ITV2 12:10pm-1:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy. However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world. Pixar animated adventure, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles and Jim Varney.

Toy Story 2 (1999)ITV2 1:55pm-3:45pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Cowboy doll Woody is stolen by an unscrupulous toy collector, who knows he is worth a fortune as a collectible, prompting fearless Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear to lead a daring across-town mission to rescue him. However, Woody is tempted to spend his life languishing in the safety of a museum rather than face the prospect of his owner growing up. Animated sequel, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack and Kelsey Grammer.

Jurassic Park (1993)ITV London 3:55pm-6:15pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Scientists are given a sneak preview of a safari park inhabited by genetically engineered dinosaurs created by an eccentric tycoon. However, it all goes wrong when a greedy employee sabotages the security systems, allowing the prehistoric beasts to roam free and hunt the visitors. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L Jackson.

Risky Business (1983)Sky Living 10:00pm-11:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
An upper-class suburban teenager gets involved with a prostitute while his parents are away on holiday, turning the family home into a brothel and jeopardising his plans for the future. Coming-of-age comedy, starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Bronson Pinchot and Joe Pantoliano.

Whopbopalooba-awhopbamboo! It’s bonus movie clip time!

This time from the best supply teacher of all time Mr Schwarzenegger. I only want one of these kids dads jobs, I’ll let you guess which one!

Whatever you get up to this weekend, remember, if it aint broke, break it and always enjoy yourselves.

Toodaloo.