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The World According to Garp (1982)

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.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

John Irving (novel), Steve Tesich (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 James McCall ... Young Garp
Peter Michael Goetz ... John Wolfe
George Ede George Ede ... Dean Bodger
Mark Soper ... Michael Milton
Nathan Babcock Nathan Babcock ... Duncan
Ian MacGregor Ian MacGregor ... Walt
Warren Berlinger ... Stew Percy
Susan Browning Susan Browning ... Midge Percy
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Robin Williams is Garp. He's got a funny way of looking at life.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The World According to Garp See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,712,172
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pan Arts, Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The house that the plane crashes into was built at one end of the only runway at Lincoln Park Airport, a very small airstrip in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, (about 35 miles NW of New York City). The wrecked house was not removed for several weeks. While no planes have hit houses in the vicinity, one did bounce off the roof of a passing car several years earlier. See more »

Goofs

When Garp and his mother are in New York, they walk past some prostitutes and his mother asks why they are dressed that way. Garp tells her that they are hookers, and she says "Hookers?" but her mouth doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fields: [first lines] Garp? Garp?
Jenny Fields: Yes, Garp.
Mr. Fields: Garp. Garp?
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Crazy Credits

Thomas Peter Daikos ....Flying Baby Garp See more »

Alternate Versions

In the theatrical release, when Roberta Muldoon is talking with Garp's mother Jenny about the accident, she says "...to have it bitten off in a Buick." The reference to Buick was subsequently removed, so Roberta now just says "...to have it bitten off." See more »

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Soundtracks

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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Don't judge this movie by its book cover!
18 February 2002 | by markdcampbellSee all my reviews

Many people criticize a film based on how close it relates and carries over from its novel or written form.

However, knowing up front that this film is NOT the book and dares to actually go in different directions than the book, may allow for a

viewer to be a bit more open about the point of the story and not necessarily the story itself.

I adore the novel. When the film came out I was crass about how much was omitted or changed or embellished. But then, several years later, I watched it again. I was amazed at how many of the unknown actors I'd seen before had become huge Hollywood staples (John Lithgow's amazing performance, Glenn Close, Robin Williams, Hume & Jessica, Mary Beth Hurt, the wonderful Swoosie Kurtz, the godess Amanda Plummer,

and even a cameo from John Irving himself!).

This film is alive with brilliant talent. And let's not forget the music as well. From the opening score of the Beatles, WHEN I'M 64 to the closing sounds of the helicopter, this films sountrack alone is worth drawing attention - simple, honest, pure.

There is magic in this film that makes it a timeless, yet period piece.

If the viewer compares it to the novel, there may be disappointment or disapproval. However, allowed to stand alone, this film will surely endear itself to any viewer's heart.


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