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The World According to Garp (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  13 August 1982 (USA)
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Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an ... See full summary »

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Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an opportune time, and finds herself as a magnet for all manner of distressed women. Written by Tony Bowden <t.bowden@qub.ac.uk>

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Robin Williams is Garp. He's got a funny way of looking at life.

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 6,533,848 (Sweden)
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This film was made and released about four years after the novel of the same name by John Irving was first published in 1978. The book was Irving's fourth novel, its original title being "Lunacy and Sorrow". The book was a 1979 finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and in the next year won the 1980 National Book Award for Paperback General Fiction. The picture was the first filmed adaptation of an Irving book and was also the first of two Irving adaptations that were released in the early 1980s, the second being The Hotel New Hampshire (1984). In the latter, as in the book, a dog named "Sorrow" dies in a plane crash. See more »

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When Garp returns home after his session with the hooker, he reminisces while opening and closing the blinds in his room. The scene of him and Helen picking up the scattered pages of his short story occurs in a different locale (spread all over the lawn) than the original event (on a road and among the landscaping near the house). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fields: [first lines] Garp? Garp?
Jenny Fields: Yes, Garp.
Mr. Fields: Garp. Garp?
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The "co-starring" end credits state: "Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn Appear as a courtesy to The MacDowell Colony" See more »


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There Will Never Be Another You
Music by Harry Warren (uncredited)
Lyrics by Mack Gordon (uncredited)
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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A Brilliant, Mind-Blowing Black Comedy!
23 June 2002 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

Never before have I viewed a movie with such imagination, heart, and extensive use of foreshadowing and irony. Watching "Garp" makes one realize how both beautiful and morally bankrupt our society is, and that we 'truly' reap what we sow. From feminism exploitation to marital infidelity to gender-alteration, we witness the undoing of the principal characters through acts of selfishness, greed, and sheer loneliness.

This movie, however, will not appeal to the typical moviegoer, but rather to one who enjoys volatile, politically incorrect subject matter from a psychological perspective. "Garp" toys with your mind, soul, and heart from beginning to end, and its twisted humor remains as gripping as its dreadful tragedies.

Indeed, "Garp" is not for the faint of heart, but ironically, "heart" is what the movie ultimately delivers.


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