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The World According to Garp (1982)

A struggling young writer finds his life and work dominated by his unfaithful wife and his radical feminist mother, whose best-selling manifesto turns her into a cultural icon.

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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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13 August 1982 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$29,712,172
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Trivia

The Beatles song that bookends the opening and closing of the film was "When I'm Sixty-Four". See more »

Goofs

When Garp and his mother are in New York, they walk past some prostitutes and his mother asks why they are dressed that way. Garp tells her that they are hookers, and she says "Hookers?" but her mouth doesn't move. See more »

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Mrs. Fields: [first lines] Garp? Garp?
Jenny Fields: Yes, Garp.
Mr. Fields: Garp. Garp?
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Crazy Credits

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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Long Way To Go
Written by Michael Bruce (uncredited)
Performed by Alice Cooper
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Amazingly rare!
14 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Based on the best-selling novel by John Irving, here is the big screen equivalent of a good read. Robin Williams almost plays it down, but thoroughly shines in the title role as T.S.Garp in this, his first proper feature film(well you can hardly include 'Popeye' in that category!).

This is an amazingly rare look at a story that evolves around happiness, sadness, heartbreak, love, and all the other natural emotions that this young,up and coming novelist experiences throughout his far from normal existence that culminates in a dark satire on many comical situations.

Some great moments to be had including a great performance from John Lithgow as the transsexual ex-football player who befriends Garp and his Worldly renowned Women's lib Mother played brilliantly by Glenn Close in her film debut.

You'll laugh... especially at the way Garp was conceived and to find out what his initials T.S. actually stand for. You'll rejoice... at the moment when Garp finds out he is to become a father for the first time. You'll cry...many times...

This movie has got to be one of the most underrated masterpieces of the 1980's, and in many ways sustains a cult following as being one of Robin Williams' first major movie projects.

Don't let this one get away-it doesn't deserve to be missed!


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