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The World According to Garp (1982)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 July 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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Trivia

The title of Garp's mother Jenny Field (Glenn Close)'s partially autobiographical book was "A Sexual Suspect", its dust-jacket title being "Sexual Suspect: An Autobiography". The title's of the books that T.S. Garp (Robin Williams) wrote in the film were "Procrastination" (his first); "Second Wind of the Cuckold" (his second); and "Ellen" (his third). The name of the novel that T.S. Garp wanted to write with the assistance of Walt and Duncan was "A Child's Christmas with a Whale" whilst the name of the short story that graduate student Michael Milton wrote in Helen's class was "Black Snow". In John Irving's source novel, the title's of T.S. Garp's novels were mostly different to the film's, they were "Procrastination"; "The Pension Grillparzer"; and "The World According to Bensenhaver". See more »

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When Garp and his family are playing touch football at Dog's Head Harbor, it is the afternoon, In the next scene, where Garp and Roberta are talking, the sun is shown setting over the ocean. This could not occur as Dog's Head Harbor, New Hampshire is on the east coast of the United States, so the sun should be rising. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fields: [first lines] Garp? Garp?
Jenny Fields: Yes, Garp.
Mr. Fields: Garp. Garp?
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When I'm Sixty-Four
Written by John Lennon (uncredited) and Paul McCartney (uncredited)
Performed by The Beatles
Courtesy of EMI Records, Limited
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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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