• The World According to Garp (1982)

The World According to Garp

Release Date: July 23rd, 1982

DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2001

R |2 hr 16 min

Plot Summary

A nurse during World War II, Jenny Fields (Glenn Close) conceives with a dying pilot and bears a boy named T.S. Garp (Robin Williams) whom she raises alone. When Garp grows up, he has some success writing fiction, but not nearly so much as his mother has with feminist-themed nonfiction. Rich and famous, she starts a center for troubled women, and while Garp marries and has children, he remains a constant, if somewhat critical, observer of the strange community that forms around Jenny.

Cast: Robin Williams, Glenn Close, Mary Beth Hurt, John Lithgow, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Swoosie Kurtz, James McCall

Director: George Roy Hill

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Warner Bros.

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Growing up , 1970s , Amusing , Wife , School , 1940s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Writer Tesich, previously responsible for Four Friends and Breaking Away, serves Irving's material straight up - the adaptation is thorough and four-square and seemingly unconscious of the bizarre nature of Garp's odyssey through modern mores. The strategy works. [23 July 1982]

  • 75
    Bob ThomasThe Associated Press

    Robin Williams discards his Morkisms for a credible portrait of the fated hero, and the rest of the cast is remarkably good, especially Mary Beth Hurt as his wife, Glenn Close as his mother and John Lithgow as the transsexual former tight end of the Philadelphia Eagles. [23 July 1982]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie version of Garp, however, left me entertained but unmoved, and perhaps the movie's basic failing is that it did not inspire me to walk out on it. Something has to be wrong with a film that can take material as intractable as Garp and make it palatable. show more

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