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The subject of this article:

  • exists in the Forrest Gump novel canon (including Gump & Co.)
  • is not mentioned in the Forrest Gump film canon

Big Sam (or simply Sam) is the leader of a tribe of cannibals in the New Guinea island into which Forrest Gump's space mission crashes. He is Yale-educated and pokes fun at Forrest's brief stint at Harvard University.

Big Sam reveals himself to be very good at chess and teaches Forrest to play. Forrest quickly shows a natural talent, however, which becomes useful when Sam hints that Forrest will be eaten as soon as he loses a game of chess.