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The World According to Garp

Plot

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…

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 7.0/10 (12,895 voted)

Director:
George Roy Hill

Stars: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close

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.

Writers: John Irving, Steve Tesich

Cast:

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 – Steering School


Susan Browning

Midge Percy – Steering School

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

Release Date: 23 July 1982

Filming Locations: Bryant Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000

(estimated)

Gross: $29,712,172
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Cameo:
[John Irving]
wrestling match referee

Goofs:

Audio/visual unsynchronized:
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.

Quotes:

Mrs. Fields:
[first lines]
Garp? Garp?

Jenny Fields:
Yes, Garp.

Mr. Fields:
Garp. Garp?



User Review

Don't judge this movie by its book cover!

Rating: 10/10

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.