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The World According to Garp (1982)




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In this filmization of the John Irving novel, Robin Williams plays the title character, the son of unmarried, unorthodox feminist Jenny Fields. Jenny's efforts to broaden Garp's outlook on life cram more phobias into his psyche. Though successful and happily married, Garp remains envious of his fearless mothermore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Tesich
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2001
Warner Home Video


Glenn Close
as Jenny Fields
Mary Beth Hurt
as Helen Holm
John Lithgow
as Roberta Muldoon
Hume Cronyn
as Mr. Fields
Jessica Tandy
as Mrs. Fields
James McCall
as Young Garp
George Ede
as Dean Bodger
Mark Soper
as Michael Milton
Warren Berlinger
as Stew Percy
Susan Browning
as Midge Percy
James M. Call
as Young Garp
Brandon Maggart
as Ernie Holm
Jillian Ross
as Young Cushie
Laurie Robyn
as Young Pooh
Vic Magnotta
as 1st Coach
Dominic A. Cecere
as Opposing Coach
John Irving
as Referee
Danny Goldman
as Wrestler
Brett Littman
as Zipper Boy
Brendon Roth
as Infant Garp
Steven Krey
as Baby Sitter
Al Cerullo
as Helicopter
Amanda Plummer
as Ellen James
Bette Henritze
as Candidate
Jean De Baer
as Speaker
Ron Frazier
as Stephen
Isabell Monk
as Woman with Book
John Corcoran
as Man in Tree
Tim Gallin
as Freman
Kate McGregor-Stewar...
as Real Estate Lady
George Roy Hill
as Pilot (uncredited)
Sabrina Lee Moore
as Baby Sitter
Matthew Cowles
as Speeding Plumber
David Fields
as Infant Duncan
Ryan Davis
as Duncan at Age 2
Kaiulani Lee
as Chief Ellen Jamesian
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Critic Reviews for The World According to Garp

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Robin Williams displays the acting chops that would later win him an Oscar

March 24, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Good effort, sometimes nearly great

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The World According to Garp

A very strange and unabashed tale of the eccentric, John Irving's novel of the same name has been adapted into the story of T.S. Garp, a man whose life has never been normal. Raised by a nurse who raped a dying soldier, and works in a boys' dormitory, Garp finds his footing amongst writers, falls in love, and has an entire lifetime of adventures along the way. This film is bigger than life and contains strange incidents that make up Garp's life, including marital stress, death, assassination, heartbreak, and a gaggle of Ellen James' admirers. Supported in his life is his professor wife (Hurt), children, transsexual friend Roberta (Lithgow), mother, and other friends. The story is very strange, and by the end you will think so too, and yet it's also exquisite in its weirdness, its ability to shift and change as it adapts to new characters, new challenges, and new ways of thinking. It's simply a beautiful film that feels like a novel in poetic repose.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Scattershot cutaway look at John Irving's involving work ain't too bad, but the large source material refuses to be simply condensed into movie form and what suffers is the work's emotive impact. Mom sleeping with a dying guy, potent sure, but given short shrift in the film, and so most of the other climatic moments. Still, a different Williams film, Glenn Close's debut (and she's not too shabby, eh?), and overall interesting viewing.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Drama, comedy and romance. A wonderful film, full of surprises, showing delicate theme, how: bastard sons, homosexuality, feminism, adultery and infantile sexuality. All this recounted by the protagonist, T.S. Garp. A great black romantic comedy, that commotion your spectator.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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