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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.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A Slightly Twisted View of Our Own World See more (90 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)

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)
George Leslie .... location auditor (as George S. Leslie)
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
Sarah M. Brim .... production assistant (as Sally Brim)
Chris Coomber .... production assistant
Peter David .... production assistant
Camille De Mave .... assistant: George Roy Hill
Gail Geibel .... production office coordinator
Tim Hill .... production assistant
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)
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136 min
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Did You Know?

The closing credits declare that veteran Hollywood actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn "appear as a courtesy to the MacDowell Colony".See more »
Boom mic visible: As Garp is chasing the errant truck driver for the second time, as they run around the front of the truck the boom mic is seen in the windshield of the truck and it is partly disguised with leaves to look like a branch. It comes down from the upper right of the windshield and wiggles a bit.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 »


Is The World According To Garp based on a book?
Does Garp die at the end?
Does Michael Milton really have his penis bitten off by Helen in the car accident?
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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A Slightly Twisted View of Our Own World, 2 October 2001
Author: Dave Hogan from Los Angeles, Ca

"The World According to Garp" must have been a challenging film to make for all involved. The film spans nearly forty years and requires the actors to not only age four decades, but to emote four decades of their respective character's development. All involved do this astonishingly well, especially Robin Williams in his first dramatic part, and Glenn Close, who plays his mother despite actually being younger than Williams. Even the film itself grows in character - it starts in our own world, and then rapidly snowballs into a world wildly different from our own, but not unbeleivably different.

Close plays Jenny Fields, a woman who grows from being oddly independent to becoming the symbol of ultra-feminism over the next 30 years. She sets a world-changing series of events into place with the unorthodox conception of her son whom she names T.S. Garp after his father, Technical Sergeant Garp. The boy (known simply as Garp) is brought up in the fifties and sixties as the only child of a single mother - unheard of in those days. This unique childhood gives Garp an unusual view of the world, which inspires him ot become a writer. As the young Garp struggles to become a writer, his mother (inspired by his writings and her own warped world view) also decides to be a writer. Her first and only book,"Sexual Suspect", is a radical feminist manifesto and becomes an instant bestseller in the already unstable and turbulent if Garp's life wasn't wierd enough.

It gets wierder still as Garp courts and married his college sweetheart, becomes an author in his own right, and raises a family. Garp's own family life is quite normal with it's rewards, fights, wonders and tragedies, but it is played against the backdrop of a world wildly twisted in it's values by his own mother. Meanwhile, his mother has created a home for women who are unable to integrate into society - probably as a result of having read "Sexual Suspect". At the home, Garp makes several new aquaintences. Among them are the twisted Ellen Jamesians, women who have cut off their tongues in protest of the rape of a young girl named Ellen James - and Roberta Muldoon, a transsexual former tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles struggling with "being a hopeless romantic in a male chauvanist world".

If there is a message in "The World According to Garp", it might be that the world is a strange and wonderful place filled with both horror and delight. Garp's world makes you look at your own and realize how wierd it really is, and makes you appreciate the delights of your world a little more.

Glenn Close, Robin Williams, and Mary Beth Hurt (who plays Mrs. T.S. Garp) are all outstanding in their ability to create likeable characters, and to mellow and age them convincingly. The other standout role is John Lithgow, who plays Roberta Muldoon with touching hilarity and beleivability. There are no bad performances in this film: it is populated with characters that are as solid and quirky as those in real life. The only flaws in the film are that the second act has some draggy slow parts, and there is one gag involving an airplane that tries a little hard for laughs.

In an alternate universe, "The World According to Garp" might be a biographical documentary. It creates a world that is somehow familiar and completely distorted at the same time.

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