The World According to Garp Movie Review 1982

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Comedy turns to tragedy in this relatively faithful version of John Irving's popular (and highly symbolic) novel, adapted by Steve Tesich. Chronicles the life of T.S. Garp, a struggling everyman beset by the destructive forces of modern society. Nevertheless, Garp maintains his optimism even as his life unravels around him. At the core of the film is a subplot involving a group of extreme feminists inspired in part by Garp's mother, the author of "A Sexual Suspect." Close and Lithgow (as a giant transsexual) are spectacular, while Williams is low-key and tender as the beleagured Garp. Ultimately pointless, perhaps, but effectively and intelligently so.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 136 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Gender Bending, War Between the Sexes, Tragedy, Wrestling, Books to Film: John Irving, Writers
Steve Tesich
Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, John Lithgow, Glenn Close, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Swoosie Kurtz, Amanda Plummer, Warren Berlinger, Brandon Maggart, George Roy Hill
Miroslav Ondricek
George Roy Hill
David Shire
Ronald Roose, Stephen A. Rotter


L.A. Film Critics 1982: Support. Actor (Lithgow), Support. Actress (Close); Natl. Bd. of Review 1982: Support. Actress (Close); N.Y. Film Critics 1982: Support. Actor (Lithgow).

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