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The World According to Garp -- Robin Williams plays John Irving's quirky everyman, a wistful writer wrestling with our screwloose modern age. Award-winning performances by Glen Close and John Lithgow.


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John Irving (novel)
Steve Tesich (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 August 1982 (USA) See more »
Robin Williams is Garp. He's got a funny way of looking at life.
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robin Williams ... Garp

Mary Beth Hurt ... Helen Holm

Glenn Close ... Jenny Fields

John Lithgow ... Roberta Muldoon

Hume Cronyn ... Mr. Fields

Jessica Tandy ... Mrs. Fields

Swoosie Kurtz ... The Hooker
James McCall ... Young Garp

Peter Michael Goetz ... John Wolfe
George Ede ... Dean Bodger

Mark Soper ... Michael Milton
Nathan Babcock ... Duncan
Ian MacGregor ... Walt

Warren Berlinger ... Stew Percy
Susan Browning ... Midge Percy

Brandon Maggart ... Ernie Holm

Jenny Wright ... Cushie
Brenda Currin ... Pooh
Jillian Ross ... Young Cushie
Laurie Robyn ... Young Pooh
Victor Magnotta ... First Coach
Dominic A. Cecere ... Opposing Coach
John Irving ... Referee
Dan Goldman ... Wrestling Opponent
Al DePippo ... Heavyweight
Christopher Farr ... Bosworth (as Christopher Farr)
Brett Littman ... Zipper Boy
Brandon Roth ... Infant Garp
Steven Krey ... Boy Babysitter
Laura Kaye ... Little Jenny

Al Cerullo ... Helicopter Pilot (as Al Cerullo Jr.)

Amanda Plummer ... Ellen James
Bette Henritze ... Woman Candidate
Jean De Baer ... Woman Speaker (as Jeanne De Baer)
Ron Frazier ... Stephen

Katherine Borowitz ... Rachel
Isabell O'Connor ... Woman with Book (as Isabell Monk)
John Corcoran ... Man in Tree (as John S. Corcoran)
Tim Gallin ... Fireman

Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Real Estate Lady
Sabrina Lee Moore ... Babysitter

Matthew Cowles ... Speeding Plumber

Eve Gordon ... Marge Tallworth
David Fields ... Infant Duncan
Ryan Davis ... Duncan at 2 Years
Kaiulani Lee ... Chief Ellen Jamesian
Harris Laskawy ... Randy
Lori Shelle ... Laurel
Kath Reiter ... Alice
Thomas Peter Daikos ... Flying Baby Garp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Donaghy ... Baby Garp (uncredited)
Linda Hamil ... Party Guest (uncredited)

George Roy Hill ... Pilot (uncredited)

Garett Maggart ... Kid (uncredited)

Douglas Rowan ... Rally Member (uncredited)
Joe Rubbo ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Lee Strauss ... (uncredited)

Mike Tremont ... Heckler (uncredited)

Jean Zarzour ... Jamsian (uncredited)

Directed by
George Roy Hill 
Writing credits
John Irving (novel)

Steve Tesich (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Crawford Jr. .... producer (as Robert L. Crawford)
George Roy Hill .... producer
Patrick Kelley .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Miroslav Ondrícek (director of photography) (as Miroslav Ondricek)
Film Editing by
Stephen A. Rotter 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Art Direction by
Woods Mackintosh 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Justin Scoppa Jr. 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist
Robert Laden .... makeup artist (as Bob Laden)
Production Management
John H. Starke .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Hopkins .... first assistant director
John Pepper .... second assistant director
Robert E. Warren .... second assistant director
Stephen Wertimer .... dga trainee
Art Department
Tony Gamiello .... set dresser (as Tony S. Gamiello Sr.)
Jack Hughes .... scenic artist
Ed Larkin .... construction grip
Victoria Paul .... assistant art director (as Vicki Paul)
Ron Petagna .... construction carpenter (as Ronald Petagna)
Bruno Robotti .... scenic chargeman
Thomas Saccio .... property master
Morris Weinman .... set dresser
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Carl Landi .... carpenter (uncredited)
Michael Scarola .... construction grip (uncredited)
Sound Department
Arthur Bloom .... sound recordist
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording supervisor
Kate Hirson .... looping editor (as Kate Elder Hirson)
Dennis Maitland II .... boom operator
Michael Moyse .... sound editor
Christopher Newman .... sound (as Chris Newman)
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor: HSE Inc.
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording supervisor
Lynn Sable .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Al Griswold .... special effects (as Albert Griswold)
Bill Anagnos .... plumber truck stunt (as Billy Anagnos)
James S. Appleby .... stunt pilot (as James Appleby)
John De Ornellas .... stunt with dog
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator
Matthew C. Materazo .... roof stunt
Edgard Mourino .... piano stunt (as Edgard L. Mourino)
Mark Sutton .... car stunt
Deborah Watkins .... roof stunt
Lisa Cain .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... stunt helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Lisa Dalton .... memorial railing stunt (uncredited)
Scott Leva .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Hovey .... first assistant camera
Randy Munkacsi .... still photographer
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer (as Dick Quinlan)
Ed Quinn .... key grip
John Verardi .... second assistant camera
Jack Volpe .... dolly grip
Joseph Di Pasquale .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
John Canemaker .... animator
Casting Department
Amanda Mackey .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Dennison .... costumer
Ursula Jones .... costumer
Ann McCormack .... costumer
Silvio Scarano .... costumer
Teresa Alba Schipani .... costumer (as Alba Schipani)
Editorial Department
Judith Blume .... assistant film editor
Glenn Cunningham .... assistant film editor
John Hill .... apprentice editor (as John Andrew Hill)
Otto Paoloni .... color consultant
Ronald Roose .... additional film editor
Jean Fraser Wardle .... associate film editor
Location Management
Edwin 'Itsi' Atkins .... location coordinator (as Edwin C. Atkins)
Archie Bonyun .... location coordinator
Anne Gyory .... location coordinator (as Ann Gyory)
David A. Starke .... location manager
Jeff Stolow .... location coordinator (as Jeffrey Stolow)
Clayton Townsend .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
David Shire .... music adaptor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... teamster captain
Other crew
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor
Michael Boonstra .... production assistant
Sally Brim .... production assistant
Chris Coomber .... production assistant
Peter David .... production assistant
Camille De Mave .... assistant: George Roy Hill
Gail Geibel .... production office coordinator
Tim Hill .... production assistant
George Leslie .... location auditor (as George S. Leslie)
Mary Malin .... assistant: Ann Roth
Caroly McWhorter .... bookkeeper
John L. Moorehead .... assistant auditor
Ooty Moorehead .... production assistant
Eric Myers .... unit publicist (as Eric Meyers)
Bill Omeltchenko .... production assistant
Robert Roessel .... production assistant (as Robert James Roessel)
Ramey E. Ward .... production assistant (as Ramey Ellis Ward)
Crew verified as complete

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136 min
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Did You Know?

Author John Irving's mother was not married at the time he was conceived. He never met his father nor would his mother talk about him. He eventually told her that if she didn't tell him about the father he would invent the man and circumstances of his conception. Her reply was "Go ahead, dear." "The World According to Garp" was that result.See more »
Continuity: 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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Long Way To GoSee more »


In the car accident do one, or both, of the children die?
Is The World According To Garp based on a book?
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35 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Amazingly rare!, 14 January 2001
Author: Callum Gee from United Kingdom

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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