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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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Mr. Fields
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The Hooker
James McCall ...
John Wolfe
George Ede ...
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Mark Soper ...
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Nathan Babcock ...
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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.


Comedy | Drama


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13 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mundo según Garp  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 6,533,848 (Sweden)

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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 »


Mrs. Fields: [first lines] Garp? Garp?
Jenny Fields: Yes, Garp.
Mr. Fields: Garp. Garp?
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Always enjoyable
2 May 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie again on cable the other night after many years, and forgotten how enjoyable it is. This remains one of Robins Williams' best performances, but the show is stolen by Glen Close's debut performance as his mother, a neurotic feminist nurse who overshadows his writing career with her own. John Lithgow is in his most unusual role (including Buckaroo Banzai) as a transexual friend of Close's. If you are a fan hers and haven't seen this, run out and rent a copy; it's the best investment at BB you'll make in a long time.

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