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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)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

The World According to Garp See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,902,088, 25 July 1982

Gross USA:

$29,712,172

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was made and released four years after the novel of the same name by John Irving was first published in 1978. The book was Irving's fourth novel, its original title being "Lunacy and Sorrow". The book was a 1979 finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and in the next year won the 1980 National Book Award for Paperback General Fiction. The picture was the first filmed adaptation of an Irving book and was also the first of two Irving adaptations that were released in the early 1980s, the second being The Hotel New Hampshire (1984). In the latter, as in the book, a dog named "Sorrow" dies in a plane crash. See more »

Goofs

When Garp and his family are playing touch football at Dog's Head Harbor, it is the afternoon, In the next scene, where Garp and Roberta are talking, the sun is shown setting over the ocean. This could not occur as Dog's Head Harbor, New Hampshire is on the east coast of the United States, so the sun should be rising. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Why Gump? Why Now? (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

There Will Never Be Another You
Music by Harry Warren (uncredited)
Lyrics by Mack Gordon (uncredited)
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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A Worthy Adaptation
31 May 2004 | by bjfraserjrSee all my reviews

This book is one of my favorites, so I had to see eventually how the movie stacked up. Not bad, but not perfect either. The movie takes so long to get going that the end seems rushed. If I hadn't read the book, I would have had a hard time really understanding the feud with the Ellen Jamesians or Pooh's hatred of Garp.

Still, this is one of Robin Williams's less annoying performances and a talented cast that at the time not many people had probably heard of. In the end, the movie is complex, at times funny and others sad, and maintains the spirit of the novel.

The book is better, IMO, but this is close enough. "The Cider House Rules" is an even better adaptation--if you like this, you'll love that.


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