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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.

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Stars: Robin Williams, Tim Robbins, Pamela Reed
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Garp
... Helen Holm
... Jenny Fields
... Roberta Muldoon
... Mr. Fields
... Mrs. Fields
... The Hooker
James McCall ... Young Garp
... John Wolfe
George Ede ... Dean Bodger
... Michael Milton
Nathan Babcock ... Duncan
Ian MacGregor ... Walt
... Stew Percy
Susan Browning ... Midge Percy
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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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Comedy | Drama

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13 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,712,172
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Trivia

Glenn Close plays Robin Williams's mother, yet she is only four years older than him. Similarly, Close and actress Mary Beth Hurt played women from successive generations yet in real life they are only one year apart in age. See more »

Goofs

After young Garp tangles with Bonkers the dog, Jenny complains to Stew Percy that Bonkers bit Garp's earlobe off; and Garp's right ear is bandaged. At no time in the remainder of the film do we see any evidence of Garp's ear having been damaged. See more »

Quotes

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 »


Soundtracks

Long Way To Go
Written by Michael Bruce (uncredited)
Performed by Alice Cooper
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Don't judge this movie by its book cover!
18 February 2002 | by See 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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