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The World According to Garp (1982)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Fields
Mrs. Fields
The Hooker
James McCall ...
John Wolfe
George Ede ...
Dean Bodger
Michael Milton
Nathan Babcock ...
Ian MacGregor ...
Stew Percy
Susan Browning ...
Midge Percy


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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13 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mundo según Garp  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Glenn Close plays Robin Williams's mother, yet she is only four years older than he. Similarly, Close and actress Mary Beth Hurt played women from successive generations yet in real life they are only aged one year apart. See more »


After young Garp tangles with Bonkers the dog, Jenny complains to Stew Percy that Bonkers bit Garp's earlobe off; and Garp's right ear is bandaged. At no time in the remainder of the film do we see any evidence of Garp's ear having been damaged. See more »


Mrs. Fields: [first lines] Garp? Garp?
Jenny Fields: Yes, Garp.
Mr. Fields: Garp. Garp?
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Thomas Peter Daikos ....Flying Baby Garp See more »


Referenced in Easy Skanking (2006) See more »


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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Don't judge this movie by its book cover!
18 February 2002 | by (boston) – See all my reviews

Many people criticize a film based on how close it relates and carries over from its novel or written form.

However, knowing up front that this film is NOT the book and dares to actually go in different directions than the book, may allow for a

viewer to be a bit more open about the point of the story and not necessarily the story itself.

I adore the novel. When the film came out I was crass about how much was omitted or changed or embellished. But then, several years later, I watched it again. I was amazed at how many of the unknown actors I'd seen before had become huge Hollywood staples (John Lithgow's amazing performance, Glenn Close, Robin Williams, Hume & Jessica, Mary Beth Hurt, the wonderful Swoosie Kurtz, the godess Amanda Plummer,

and even a cameo from John Irving himself!).

This film is alive with brilliant talent. And let's not forget the music as well. From the opening score of the Beatles, WHEN I'M 64 to the closing sounds of the helicopter, this films sountrack alone is worth drawing attention - simple, honest, pure.

There is magic in this film that makes it a timeless, yet period piece.

If the viewer compares it to the novel, there may be disappointment or disapproval. However, allowed to stand alone, this film will surely endear itself to any viewer's heart.

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