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The World According to Garp


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)

George Roy Hill

Stars: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close

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


Robin Williams


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


Ian MacGregor


Warren Berlinger

Stew Percy – Steering School

Susan Browning

Midge Percy – Steering School

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


Gross: $29,712,172

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


[John Irving]
wrestling match referee


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.


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
over from its novel or written form.

However, knowing up front that this film is NOT the book and dares
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
necessarily the story itself.

I adore the novel. When the film came out I was crass about how
was omitted or changed or embellished. But then, several years
I watched it again. I was amazed at how many of the unknown
I'd seen before had become huge Hollywood staples (John
amazing performance, Glenn Close, Robin Williams, Hume &
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
music as well. From the opening score of the Beatles, WHEN I'M
to the closing sounds of the helicopter, this films sountrack
is worth drawing attention – simple, honest, pure.

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

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