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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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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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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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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:

El mundo según Garp  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,712,172
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Trivia

The Beatles song that bookends the opening and closing of the film was "When I'm Sixty-Four". 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

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

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) See more »

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Long Way To Go
Written by Michael Bruce (uncredited)
Performed by Alice Cooper
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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A textbook example of how to adapt a novel for the screen
30 April 2000 | by See 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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