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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El mundo según 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Glenn Close and John Lithgow later starred together on Broadway in the 2014 play A Delicate Balance. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

The "co-starring" end credits state: "Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn Appear as a courtesy to The MacDowell Colony" See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 16 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »


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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A textbook example of how to adapt a novel for the screen
30 April 2000 | by lanewrightSee all my reviews

Adapting a novel to the screen is fraught with difficulties, and "The World According to Garp" meets those difficulties brilliantly. It is not slavishly faithful to the book as far as details go, but it omits those elements which will not translate well and makes whatever changes are needed to make the story work on film. Robin Williams is a fine Garp, Glenn Close is absolutely perfect as Jenny Garp (her performance was one of the few times I've seen the exact character I'd pictured in my head when I read the book up on the screen), and John Lithgow is funny and touching as transsexual Roberta Muldoon.


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