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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)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Jeff Daniels was considered for the lead role but lost out to Robin Williams. See more »


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 »


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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) See more »


When I'm Sixty-Four
Written by John Lennon (uncredited) and Paul McCartney (uncredited)
Performed by The Beatles
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A Worthy Adaptation
31 May 2004 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

This book is one of my favorites, so I had to see eventually how the movie stacked up. Not bad, but not perfect either. The movie takes so long to get going that the end seems rushed. If I hadn't read the book, I would have had a hard time really understanding the feud with the Ellen Jamesians or Pooh's hatred of Garp.

Still, this is one of Robin Williams's less annoying performances and a talented cast that at the time not many people had probably heard of. In the end, the movie is complex, at times funny and others sad, and maintains the spirit of the novel.

The book is better, IMO, but this is close enough. "The Cider House Rules" is an even better adaptation--if you like this, you'll love that.

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