The World According to Garp

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Released 1982

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Director:
George Roy Hill
Released:
1982
Rating:
R
The World According to Garp is the 1982 adaptation of the popular novel by John Irving of Cider House Rules and Door in the Floor fame, directed by legendary filmmaker George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Slap Shot, Slaughterhouse Five). The story centers around Garp (Robin Williams), 'the bastard son of Jenny Fields (Glenn Close),' as he is referred to so often throughout the film. Jenny, a sex and man-hating woman, conceives Garp when she is an army nurse caring for a patient with a head wound who sports an enormous erection, of which Jenny takes advantage. Garp is apparently the only sound the poor man can make, and so she decides to name the baby that and he grows up to be a writer. His life path deals with love, infidelity, the loss of a child and his own frustrations in being overshadowed by his mother, who becomes famous when she writes a book about her experiences.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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 wron...

  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    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 unconsciou...

  • 75

    The Associated Press Bob Thomas

    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 h...

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Comedy, Drama

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Social Issues, Dark Comedy