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World According To Garp

World According To Garp

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


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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 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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Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2015
UPC: 0888574320034
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:16:00
Sales rank: 17,967

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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