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John Irving (novel)
Steve Tesich (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 July 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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Episodic. Like life itself. See more (79 total) »


  (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)
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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)
Animation Department
John Canemaker .... animator
Casting Department
Amanda Mackey Johnson .... casting assistant (as Amanda Mackey)
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
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
David Shire .... music adaptor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... teamster captain
Other crew
Edwin 'Itsi' Atkins .... location coordinator (as Edwin C. Atkins)
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor
Archie Bonyun .... location coordinator
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
Anne Gyory .... location coordinator (as Ann Gyory)
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 Roussel .... production assistant (as Robert James Roessel)
David A. Starke .... location manager
Jeff Stolow .... location coordinator (as Jeffrey Stolow)
Ramey E. Ward .... production assistant (as Ramey Ellis Ward)
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136 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Beatles song that bookends the opening and closing of the film was "When I'm Sixty-Four".See more »
Errors in geography: 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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There Will Never Be Another YouSee more »


In the car accident do one, or both, of the children die?
When does Robin Williams appear as the older Garp?
Is The World According To Garp based on a book?
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Episodic. Like life itself., 18 May 2008
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

The World According to Garp is an unconventional film, to say the least. Not so much in the sense of how it looks, or how it is acted. More than anything the film stands out because it is a human drama that doesn't take a stance or one particular point of view. T. S. Garp is simply a man trying to live his life amongst all manner of eccentric characters and unlikely situations. And like life, things happen. People grow old. There are moments of joy. There are moments of tragedy. And people die.

Robin Williams plays the title character known by most as simply "Garp". His mother, played with dignified enthusiasm by Glenn Close, has brought him up all by herself. She is a nurse and during WWII, she used the sperm of a dying tail gunner who she happened to be caring for in his final moments. To call this woman a feminist would be a magnificent understatement. Her sexuality is never made that clear to the viewer but is is inferred by some around her that she is in fact a lesbian. Her only relationship with a man that we learn of is the encounter that produced her son, and she spends much of the film condemning the lusty ways of men and boys. As the film goes on, she becomes a famous writer and feminist leader. Garp spends much of his life trying to be a successful writer himself and raising a family, but he never seems to escape his mother's shadow.

The plot simply follows the life of Garp and his family members. A great many things happen to these people over the span of many years. Careers are made, children are born, affairs are had, and the joys of life are often shattered by terrible tragedies. Williams is decent enough as Garp. He maybe acts a bit too zany in the light-hearted scenes, but he nails the more dramatic ones pretty well. That's the amazing thing about Robin Williams. The guy is an absolute nut most of the time he's in front of a camera, but when he bears down and plays something serious, it's stunning to see how great his range can be. He is an undervalued actor. Glenn Close steals this film though in terms of acting. She owns every scene she's in much like how her domineering character towers over that of her son's. The supporting cast is more than adequate with John Lithgow getting major props for his daring turn as a transsexual with a heart of gold. The film seems to take its share of jabs at radical feminism as it depicts a sect of women knows as the Ellen Jamsians. These women cut out their own tongues to protest the similar fate of a rape victim. And boy do these ladies HATE men. An act of violence in one of the final scenes shows how fanatical they can be. (as if cutting out their tongues wasn't bad enough!) Each person who views this film will probably see something different in it, and those are my favorite kinds of films. There are moments of definite humor, surprise, hope, and tragedy. You will not be bored. The film is based on a popular novel by John Irving and is worth 9 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

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