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.
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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