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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...

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 7.0/10 (12,895 voted)

Director: 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 - 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


Did You Know?

Cameo: [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 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.