World According To Garp

World According To Garp

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Director: George Roy Hill

Cast: George Roy Hill, Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close


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The 1982 film version of the John Irving novel The World According to Garp attempts to captures the quirky spirit while condensing the Irving original. Robin Williams plays the title character, the son of unmarried, unorthodox feminist Jenny Fields (Glenn Close, in her film debut). Every effort made by Jenny to broaden Garp's outlook on life -- she evenSee more details below


The 1982 film version of the John Irving novel The World According to Garp attempts to captures the quirky spirit while condensing the Irving original. Robin Williams plays the title character, the son of unmarried, unorthodox feminist Jenny Fields (Glenn Close, in her film debut). Every effort made by Jenny to broaden Garp's outlook on life -- she even arranges for him to spend the night with a hooker (Swoosie Kurtz) -- crams more fears and phobias into his psyche. Aspiring to become a novelist, Garp succeeds in this goal at the same time that his mother publishes her first feminist manifesto. Though successful and happily married to college sweetheart Helen Holm (Mary Beth Hurt), Garp remains envious of his fearless mother, who has taken in the radical "Ellen Jamesians," a group named after a young woman who had her tongue cut out by a rapist. Mutilation, in fact, becomes something of a leitmotif in Garp's life, climaxing (in every sense of the word) in an auto accident brought about by Helen's tryst with Michael Milton (Mark Soper). There is, of course, much more to the story than this: standing out amongst the dozens of offbeat supporting characters is John Lithgow as Roberta Muldoon, a transexual ex-football jock. John Irving appears as a referee during a college wrestling match, while director George Roy Hill plays the pilot whose low-flying plane crashes into Garp's new home. The World According to Garp didn't attract as large an audience as other, more conventional Robin Williams vehicles, though Close and Lithgow would both be nominated for Best Supporting Actor statues.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
George Roy Hill's tasteful, intelligent screen adaptation of John Irving's delightfully offbeat novel would be a notable achievement in any event, but the inspired casting of erstwhile sitcom star Robin Williams makes it particularly fascinating. Williams is unusually subdued -- but always convincing -- as the anxiety-ridden protagonist, a hapless, perennial victim of unseen forces that seem to lurk everywhere and strike without warning. Hill's other casting judgments are vindicated with equal decisiveness. Glenn Close, making her feature-film debut, strikes just the right note as Williams' unmarried mother, a free-spirited, unorthodox woman who embraces life's vicissitudes; John Lithgow is suitably outlandish as a football player turned transsexual, and Mary Beth Hurt is quietly effective as Williams' unfaithful wife. A strain of darkly satirical, absurdist humor runs through the entire picture, and Hill's interpretation of Irving's skewed worldview is invariably faithful to the author's vision. While not for all tastes, The World According to Garp is a daring film, impeccably produced and brilliantly acted; open-minded, adventurous movie lovers will love it. The DVD includes a list of cast/director highlights.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Though not entirely faithful to John Irving's best-selling novel, the screen version of The World According to Garp (1982) still captured Irving's entertaining mix of absurd humor, social satire, and sincere melodrama. Under the assured direction of George Roy Hill, Steve Tesich's screenplay follows the highs and lows of aspiring writer T.S. Garp and the eccentrics that populate his world, including his nurse-turned-feminist icon mother Jenny, his academic wife Helen, and his transsexual ex-football star friend Roberta. At once an indictment of social strictures, activist excesses, and foolish philandering, and a celebration of personal expression, alternative lifestyles, and close-knit families, Garp's handsomely shot odyssey manages to be hilarious, uplifting, and tragic without becoming overly mired in its message. In only his second starring role, Robin Williams proved an adept dramatic actor and low-key comic presence as Garp, while John Lithgow's Roberta is more than just a transvestite gag; film newcomer Glenn Close garnered kudos for her no-nonsense Jenny. Though The World According to Garp was not a blockbuster, Close and Lithgow garnered supporting actress and actor Oscar nominations, and Williams went on to movie stardom.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams T.S. 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
Mark Soper Michael Milton
Nathan Babcock Duncan
Ian MacGregor Walt
Warren Berlinger Stew Percy
Amanda Plummer Ellen James
James M. Call Young Garp
Jean de Baer Speaker
Danny Goldman Wrestling Opponent
Harris Laskaway Randy
Vic Magnotta Coach
George Ede Dean Badger
Susan Browning Midge Percy
Brandon Maggart Ernie Holm
Brenda Currin Pooh
Jillian Ross Young Cushie
Dominic A. Cecere Opposing Coach
Bette Henritze Woman Candidate
Katherine Borowitz Rachel
Isabell Monk Woman with Book
John Corcoran Man in Tree
Tim Gallin Fireman
Kate McGregor-Stewart Real Estate Lady
Matthew Cowles Speeding Plumber
Eve Gordon Marge Tallworth
David Fields Infant Duncan
Ryan Davis Duncan at 2 Years
Kaiulani Lee Chief Ellen Jamesian
Lori Shelle Laurel
George Roy Hill Pilot (uncredited)
Jenny Wright Cushie
Al Cerullo Helicopter Pilot
Ronald C. Frazier Stephen
Laurie Robyn Young Pooh

Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director,Producer
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
John Canemaker Animator
Robert L. Crawford Producer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Albert Griswold Special Effects
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Daniel Patrick Kelley Executive Producer
Bob Laden Makeup
Woods Mackintosh Art Director
Mary Malin Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Tom Priestley Camera Operator
Ronald Roose Editor
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen A. Rotter Editor
Justin Scoppa Set Decoration/Design
David Shire Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Steve Tesich Screenwriter

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